As the New Year has emerged with all its promises, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the old members and the new ones who joined our circle of art lovers, and wish you all an enjoyable and exciting new season with all the activities we have in store for you.
We will kick-start the season with a full day in Sharjah, and immerse ourselves in the “Temporary Museum For Palestine” as conceived by Hazem Harb, and catch up on the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival throughout the city.
Coordinator & EventsManager
Founding Member of The Art Circle
CULTURAL DAY IN SHARJAH
12th January 2022 @ 10.30am- 5pm
TEMPORARY MUSEUM. FOR PALESTINE” BY HAZEM HARB
AT MARAYA ART CENTER
It is the title of Hazem Harb’s first institutional solo exhibition in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In this immersive exhibition experience, the artist attempts to capture the lost legacies of his home country, Palestine, in the form of archival materials being displayed in vitrine cases within a museological context. Using collage-based techniques that incorporate photography and mixed media on a grand scale, the artist pieces together a temporary museum that showcases the fragmentariness of Palestine’s history.
Curated by Cima Azzam, at Maraya Art Centre, this exhibition presents the artist’s deep reflection on his roots between past, present and future.
3RD FIELD VISIT TO EXPO 2020
26th January 2022 @ 10am- 3pm
A TOUR BY BUGGIES OF THE ART INSTALLATIONS ACROSS EXPO
WITH DR. HAYAT SHAMSUDDIN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AT EXPO PAVILIONS & EXHIBITIONS
Eleven leading artists have created artworks for public spaces across the site of Expo 2020 Dubai:
Hamra Abbas, Afra Al Dhaheri, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Monira Al Qadiri, Abdullah Al Saadi, Asma Belhamar, Olafur Eliasson, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Khalil Rabah, Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), Haegue Yang.
MODERNISMS NYUAD ART GALLERY3rd February 2022 @ 12pm
IRANIAN, TURKISH, AND INDIAN HIGHLIGHTS FROM
NYU’S ABBY WEED GREY COLLECTION
Abby Weed Grey was a North American collector who made multiple trips abroad in the 1960s and early 1970s, to explore and collect modern art from across Asia.
AFRA AL DHAHERI’S STUDIO VISIT
3rd February 2022 @ 2pm
AFRA AL DHAHERI’S STUDIO VISIT IN MUSAFFAH, ABU DHABI
Afra Al Dhaheri’s work is rooted in her experiences growing up in Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE – a place of recent and rapid change. Working across various mediums including mixed media, sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, photography, and printmaking, she draws out notions of time and adaptation, rigor and fragility.
PORTRAIT OF A NATION II - Beyond Narratives
9th February 2022 @ 6pm
ADMAF "PORTRAIT OF A NATION II: Beyond Narrative” EXHIBITION at MANARAT AL SAADYAT
Portrait of a Nation II (POAN) United Arab Emirates Celebrates its First 50 Years And 25 Years of ADMAF
Opening of the 31st Annual exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society - UAE Art Archive
OPENING OF THE FIRST ART CIRCLE (TAC) EXHIBITION
9th February 2022 @ 7pm
OPENING OF THE 1ST TAC AWARD EXHIBITION
UNVEILING OF THE AWARD WINNER
AT POAN AUDITORIUM. MANARAT AL SAADYAT
Exhibition of the 10 shortlisted artworks, and announcement of the Award Winner.
STEVEN NAIFEH, THE COLLECTOR’S QUEST
15th February 2022 @ 7 pm
@HOME WITH … STEVEN NAIFEH, THE COLLECTOR’S QUEST
A conversation moderated by Vincent Larnicol, and a virtual tour of the exhibition of his private collection of artworks that inspired Van Gogh collection.
MARIËT WESTERMANN ABOUT VERMEER, REMBRANDT AND GEORGES DE LA TOUR. LOUVRE Abu Dhabi
22nd February 2022 @ 2:30pm
LUNCH AT FOUQUET’S
A GUIDED PRESENTATION AND STUDY OF THE MASTERPIECES OF VERMEER, REMBRANDT AND GEORGES DE LA TOUR ON LOAN AT THE LOUVRE AD, led by DR MARIËT WESTERMANN Vice Chancellor NYU Abu Dhabi.
WOMEN INVOLVED IN ART
March 2022 @ 6:30pm
WOMEN INVOLVED IN THE ART
At POAN Auditorium, Manarat Al Saadyat
(To be confirmed and details to follow)
9th or 10th of March 2022
Details to follow
ARTISTS IN THE UAE, DIFFERENT
GENERATIONS, DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES
March 2022 @ 6:30pm
ARTISTS IN THE UAE, DIFFERENT GENERATIONS, DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES
At POAN Auditorium, Manarat Al Saadyat.
(Date to be confirmed and details to follow)
Letter from our member Hanadi
There are so many fond memories to choose from, but my favourite would be my childhood one in my parent's house in Sidon-Lebanon where there was an inner courtyard, with grass in the middle and surrounded trees.
In the courtyard, I would place a mirror on my lap to look into the far travelling clouds. I enjoyed more the perspective of the images reflected in my mirror rather than their actual reality. I made a tight bond with the imaginary shapes and shadows with an inner instinct that life is subjective.
HANADI EL SOLH
Member of the Art Circle in Abu Dhabi