ARTISTIC UNITY: BUILDING THE UAE

This issue of Selections is dedicated to the United Arab Emirates’ art scene, which has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past four decades. It has evolved from humble beginnings to become a vibrant hub of creativity.

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THE CUSTODIAN

This issue of Selections is  a testament to Dr. Basel Dalloul mission, influence and importance in championing and safeguarding Arab art for generations to come.

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Cultural Narratives

Drawing on centuries of tradition and know-how, artists from the Middle-East have created works that reflect their rich culture and transcend regional boundaries. This new, extensive collection of artworks by established and emerging talents from the region provides a breathtaking visual map of the Middle Eastern art world, with unique works from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, UAE and Sudan. As it travels around the globe, the show shines the spotlight on the great artistic contributions of the region, while transmitting the exceptional character of each country represented. Established, mid career and emerging artists from the Arab world and Middle East are welcome to participate in Selections Cultural Narrative exhibitions.

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Nada Debs Portrait by Tarek Moukaddem

THE BULLETIN
FEBRUARY 2024

  • Wael Shawky represents Egypt at La Biennale di Venezia 2024
  • Qatar Museums announces Art for Peace campaign with Qatar Red Crescent in support of Palestine
  • Qatar Museums unveils line-up of designers and exhibitions for the inaugural edition of Design Doha
  • ADMAF announces the winner of its 2023 TotalEnergies Sustainability Design Award

GUIDED TOURS

FAIRS

Art Dubai unveils its 17th edition, running from March 1 to 3, 2024, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, with previews on February 28 and 29. The event will feature: new commissioned performances exploring themes of healing and hope, the Global Art…

Desert X AlUla, a recurring and temporary open-air art exhibition in the globally significant ancient desert region of AlUla in the Arabian Peninsula, returns for its third edition from February 9 to March 23, 2024. This exhibition, part of the…

THEME

RACHANA’S OWN STAR BY CLAUDE LEMAND

Anachar Basbous’s Sculptures Soothe And Enchant Me; They Make Me Dream And Carry Me Far Away. They Are Made With Human Hands And A Celestial Spirit. They Belong To A Culture Of Magical Objects: Their Forms Are Modern And Universal.…

COLLECT

TENSIONS CALMÉES, A MASTERPIECE OF ABSTRACTION

Tensions calmées, a modern masterpiece from 1937 encapsulates Wassily Kandinsky’s extraordinary vision which continues to have a profound influence on generations of artists that have followed. No artist played a greater role in the development and emergence of abstraction than…

Wassily Kandinsky, Tensions calmées, 1937. Oil on canvas, 89.3 x 116.6 cm

CURATED BY

Curated By Menat Art Fair 2023

Curated By Menart Fair 2023  The MENART FAIR is a global exhibition of modern and contemporary art, showcasing works by artists from the Middle East and North Africa, handpicked by highly regarded galleries. These artists hail from countries in the…

Dr Abdellah Karroum, 2018. Photo by Dimitri Salomao

CURATED BY DR ABDELLAH KARROUM

CROSSING WORLDS, CURATING WORLD Art could be anything imagined as such by anyone able to perceive the world through this same “anything”: a painting, a combination of movements, a group of composed words, a selected object. Curating often comes after…

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim studio

SANCTUARIES | MOHAMMED AHMED IBRAHIM

In an attempt to delve into the private universe of artists and art collectors, Selections is exploring the sanctuaries of various men and women, some living and others who have passed away, and shedding light on places that remain out…

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Selections editorial presents a quarterly print magazine and weekly online publication with high quality content on all subjects related to Art and Culture. Full of world-leading artworks, exquisite brand imagery, original creative illustrations and insightful written articles.
Selections Viewing Rooms presents carefully curated online art shows aiming not only to shed light on contemporary art executed by living artists, but also for viewers to buy contemporary fine art, prints & multiples, photography, street art and collectibles.
Discover the previous and current shows here.
Cultural Narratives foundation is an extensive collection that is travelling the world by leading established and emerging talents aiming to reflect the culture of the region in their works.

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