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Christie’s to host largest exhibition of Arab art in London

British Auction company Christie’s is set to host the largest exhibition of Arab art in London, featuring over 150 works from 1939 to 2023. 

It is a first, and one that will please all arts & culture lovers! The exhibition, titled “Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World,” is happening from the 20th of July to the 23rd of August. 

Divided into two sections respectively entitled “Kawkaba, Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation” and “Emirati Art Reimagined: Hassan Sharif and the Contemporary Voices”, the exhibition is a collaborative effort between Christie’s, the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, and the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah. Curated by Dr Ridha Moumni, it aims to celebrate the creativity, diversity, and history of Arab art. 


Artists from all over the Arab world

Kawkaba highlights the vibrant tapestry of modern Arab art, emphasizing both celebrated and underrepresented artists. The exhibition showcases the rich artistic diversity of the Arab world and pays tribute to its resilience and boundless creativity. 

Meanwhile, “Emirati Art Reimagined” focuses on the works of pioneering Emirati artist Hassan Sharif, displaying a range of his multi-disciplinary works alongside pieces by contemporary Emirati artists. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view artworks by prominent artists from West Asia and North Africa, many of which have not been seen in the UK before. The partnership between Christie’s and the Barjeel Art Foundation signifies the importance of this exhibition. The UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth is dedicated to promoting Emirati arts globally and is collaborating to showcase the works of Sharif and other Emirati artists. The exhibition aims to bring together masterpieces by leading artists from the Arab world, celebrating their creativity, diversity, and rich cultural histories.



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Published on 6 July 2023

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