Christie’s presents the most extensive exhibition of Arab Art in London, hosted at Christie’s Headquarters this summer. Titled “Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World,” the exhibition comprises two distinct sections: “Kawkaba: Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation” and “Emirati Art Reimagined: Hassan Sharif and the Contemporary Voices.” This exhibition curated by Dr Ridha Moumni, Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Middle East and North Africa, celebrates the creativity, diversity, and history of Arab Art.
“Kawkaba” features 100 masterpieces from the Barjeel Art Foundation, assembled in 2010 by Sultan Soud Al Qassemi. This gender-balanced exhibition magnifies the vibrant tapestry of Modern Arab art, representing a multitude of artistic voices from the Middle East and North Africa. It offers visitors a captivating insight into the soul of the Arab world, acknowledging its rich artistic diversity and unwavering resilience. “Kawkaba” invites viewers on a transformative artistic and cultural journey into the heart of the Arab World.
“Emirati Art Reimagined” is both a selling and loan exhibition that showcases works by pioneering Emirati artist Hassan Sharif, a central figure in the region’s contemporary and conceptual art scene. The collection encompasses a wide array of his multi-disciplinary works, spanning paintings, sculptures, installations, and textile-based pieces from the 1980s to 2015, a year before his passing. Sharif’s enduring influence on the Emirati art scene is evident in his role as an artist, educator, and mentor to numerous contemporary artists in the UAE. The exhibition also includes works by contemporary Emirati artists, reflecting the talent and innovation of young and female practitioners, supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth.
This pioneering exhibition held in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth and the Barjeel Art Foundation features over 150 artworks from 1939 to 2023, showcasing the evolution of Arab art over 80 years.
Location: Christie’s Headquarters in St. James’s, London
Date: 20 July – 23 August 2023