Dubai – The Dubai Collection’s first physical exhibition to feature a selection of modern and contemporary art from across the region.
The Dubai Collection on Monday announced details of its first physical exhibition showcasing a selection of its newly acquired works of art, which also include pieces from the collection of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and first Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. .
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Organized by Dr Nada Shabout, the exhibition When Images Speak: Highlights from the Dubai Collection, presented at the Etihad Museum on November 6, will present a selection of modern and contemporary art from across the region, retracing a historical investigation into Arab modernism. and its progression in contemporary trends, while emphasizing the role of the Gulf region in documenting the history of art in the Arab world.
Commenting on the announcement, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Chair of the Dubai Collection Steering Committee, said: âThe opening of When Images Speak is an important step in the trajectory of the Dubai collection, as it presents the update of an innovative initiative conceptualized here in Dubai. This could not have happened without the confidence of our patrons and their belief in the ambition of this project which aims to introduce the art of the Emirate to the public and public spaces of the United Arab Emirates and to the foreigner ; connect patrons with local artists; and collectively build Dubai’s art collection by supporting its cultural sector.
She added: âWe are delighted to present in our first When the Pictures Speak exhibition works of art from the collection of Sheikh Mohammed. The presentation of His Highness’s collection in the Dubai Collection’s first-ever physical exhibition reflects its support for the growth of the creative sector in Dubai. The exhibition will present a rich narrative of 20th century Arab art, which will also shed light on the role played by the Gulf in documenting this artistic period. We look forward to welcoming the public for our inaugural exhibit at the Etihad Museum in November. “
Commenting on the exhibit, Dr Nada Shabout, Curator of When Images Speak, added: âIn an effort to create a historical survey of modern and contemporary art in the region, When Images Speak will feature some of the most popular artists. influential and progressive, all of whom played a central role in shaping modern movements in the region and shed light on the socio-cultural dynamics of their time. The twentieth century saw major changes that resulted in the founding of different countries in the Arab world, after periods of colonization and struggles for independence. By forming national identities and iconography, these artists played a vital role that further contributed to the construction of national consciousness. “
What is the exhibition
The exhibition will take place over three thematic chapters, with the works of art serving as archival documents of their time and telling the art history of the region over the past decades, while many groups overlap and overlap thematically.
>> Entitled Abstract Variations, and showcasing essential works of art by prominent artists from the region, including Dia Al-Azzawi and Omar El Nagdi, the first chapter of the exhibition will examine the subject of abstraction in art modern Arabic.
>> The second chapter, Societies in transition, presents artists’ surveys on society, history, family, mythologies and culture. The works of artists such as Baya Mahieddine, Naziha Selim, and Asaad Arabi articulate artists’ understanding and dialogues of the self through societal relationships as well as local struggles for independence and nation-building in a global context.
>> Evoking the environment will be the third and final chapter of the exhibition. Through works by Fateh Moudarres, Abdul Qader Al Rais and Nejib Belkhodja, among others, he reveals how painting cities has become a method of building and documenting the vision of an ideal nation; while recording the ongoing transformations of small towns and villages into larger urban spaces, as each country developed its modern identity.
An essential element of the exhibition will be the emphasis on the role of the United Arab Emirates in documenting a dynamic academic and intellectual exchange between many of the artists featured in this exhibition as well as the country’s active role, not only as as a creative center for artists, but also by writing the art history of its region.
In addition to the exhibition, an eponymous digital catalog presenting the research of Dr Nada Shabout allows to contextualize the exhibited works.
The first physical exhibition will also coincide with the launch of the Dubai Digital Collection Museum, which will feature a catalog of the works included in the collection and biographical information on each of the artists, as well as editorial content on the history of the collection. in the United Arab Emirates. , profiles of leading patrons involved in the initiative and other information about the works.
>> When: Pictures speak: Highlights from the Dubai collection will open at the Etihad Museum on November 6.
>> The Etihad Museum will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
>> Tickets: Entrance to the exhibition is included in the museum ticket.