United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Costanza Colloni - 19 Mar 2015

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Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation and curator of the United Arab Emirates national pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, has selected work by 14 Emirati artists to go on view at the pavilion in a show titled “1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates.”

Sheika Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi

The artists are: Ahmed Al Ansari, Moosa Al Halyan, Mohammed Al Qassab, Abdul Qader Al Rais, Abdullah Al Saadi, Mohammed Abdullah Bulhiah, Salem Jawhar, Mohammed Kazem, Dr. Najat Meky, Abdulraheem Salim, Hassan Sharif, Obaid Suroor, Dr. Mohamed Yousif, and Abdulrahman 

According to a statement, the UAE’s Venice pavilion is inspired by Al Qasimi’s interest in the “underexposed historical record” of work by Emerati artists from the 1980s and 1990s, specifically those affiliated with the Emirates Fine Art Society. The society has played an incubating role for art in the region since it was formed in 1980, long before the area’s current art boom, which is widely seen from the outside as starting in 2005, when major auction houses and art fairs first took root in the region.

 

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