Beyond Frontiers: Saudi Arabia's artistic horizons

This issue is dedicated to talented artists from Saudi Arabia, a collection of works by emerging and established artists from the region.


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.



Celine's MILAN SANTO SPIRITO. Photo Celine
Beyond Van Gogh, Preview Image
UK pavilion. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO. All Rights Reserved.
Paul Priest, Director and Head of MENA Studios, Benoy


  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will open new galleries for Art of the Islamic Worlds featuring Iranian Art on Extended Loan from the Afshar Collection and Selections from the Museum’s Holdings.
  • Historic Saudi Airlines Aircraft lands at Jeddah Airport in symbolic gesture of national unity ahead of World-First Islamic Arts Biennale.
  • Save the Date: Contemporary Istanbul 2023. When and where will the 18th edition of the Contemporary Istanbul take place?
  • Manuel Borja-Villel (1957, Burriana, Spain) leaves his charge as the director of Reina Sofia Museum after 15 years. Where will he be next and who will be replacing him?
  • “Generations”, Khaled Takreti, on permanent show at Mathaf.


Ebb&flow on power and loss at Galerie Tanit

Ebb&flow on power and loss at Galerie Tanit  This exhibition brings together two different bodies of work, Eulogy to my Roots by Elias Nafaa in dialogue with How to Stop a Rock from Growing by the duo Laetitia Hakim & Tarek Haddad, curated by…

NYU ABU DHABI Art Gallery unveils 2023 programme

  The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery Announces 2023 Spring and Fall Exhibitions that Confront Contemporary Landscape Curated by The NYUAD Art Gallery Executive Director and University Chief Curator, Maya Allison, the shows examine the different ways we think about…

Shows to See in Dubai this week

  Timur D’Vatz, Reawakening Timur D’Vatz’s artworks are always infused with deep meaning and a diversity of symbols. You may devote hours looking at them, discovering new aspects and fascinating stories. Unique, sometimes mystical, wrapped in a mystery you desire…


Art Paris 2023 Art Paris 2023, the anticipated art fair, celebrates its 25th anniversary with an international showcase of contemporary and modern art. The event will bring together prominent galleries and artists from around the world for four days of…

Art Basel Hong Kong  Marking its largest show since 2019, the 2023 edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong welcomes 177 galleries from 32 countries and territories across Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa, plus the return of…



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.…



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 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


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


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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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.


Art Dubai: Top five art terms important for collectors to know and understand in 2023

  Top five art terms important for collectors to know and understand in 2023   Whether it’s talking about abstracts, décollage, giclée, or mezzotint, the art world’s lingo can be intimidating. The artworld glossary is full of specialist terms yet…

Lulwah Al Homoud 

Lulwah Al Homoud  Born in 1967 in Riyadh, Lulwah Al Homoud is an established international award winning artist and curator who received the first place for Visual Art at the inaugural annual Saudi Arabia National Culture Awards in 2021. She…

Wadi AlFann: The Valley of Arts

Wadi Al Fann: The Valley of Arts Located 1,100 km from Riyadh, in North-West Saudi Arabia, AlUla is a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage. The vast area, covering 22,561km2, includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and…

Olafur Eliasson: The Curious Desert

Olafur Eliasson: The Curious Desert Qatar Museums presents The Curious Desert, a new exhibition conceived by Olafur Eliasson for a site in the desert outside of Al Thakhira Mangrove Reserve and for the galleries of the National Museum of Qatar…

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji: Those Houses Behind the Army Canal 

  Sadik Kwaish Alfraji: Those Houses Behind the Army Canal  Ayyam Gallery presents Those Houses Behind the Army Canal, a solo exhibition featuring Sadik Kwaish Alfraji’s recent body of work. This series is the second chapter of Alfraji’s project Books…

Zawyeh Gallery

GALLERY STATEMENT Zawyeh Gallery is an independent Visual Art Gallery founded by Ziad Anani in Ramallah, Palestine, in 2013. Since March 2020, the gallery has expanded by opening in a second location at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, UAE. Zawyeh’s mission…

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