Abu Dhabi Art Hub provides a platform for individuals to exhibit their work and serves as a forum on which regional and international artists can interact. Tapping into this invaluable resource, German artist Angelika Dahlhaus is returning to the capital to showcase her unique works.
After a successful stint at Etihad Towers in 2014, the Munich-born painter is embarking on her second solo exhibition in Abu Dhabi entitled Ancient Cultures – Middle East, which runs from July 13 to August 10.
As a fully fledged member of the Abu Dhabi Art Squad, the biggest multinational arts collective in the UAE, Dahlhaus knows the scene here intimately. Her latest offering is inspired by ancient artefacts from across the entire Middle East.
Often her work takes the form of frescos, a nod to the cave paintings that intrigue her. She says cave art’s “expression, strength and constancy are admired and traced in present times”.
She adds: “My goal is to connect and revive modern architecture that is inspired by artefacts of mankind’s history all over the world.”
Dahlhaus spent thirty years generating ideas of different artistic styles, and eventually decided to incorporate prehistoric ideas within contemporary work to give her pieces more of a modern touch. She dubs her work “prehistoric/historic expressionism”, and many of her paintings are created with natural pigments to give it an authentic feel.
“You see pictures and paintings that are inspired by subjects that go back to the beginning of mankind,” she says.
“The picture titles only partially speak to the origin, but the art works are almost independent and only the desire to create them comes from history.”
Clearly not a stranger to the UAE, Dahlhaus has previously exhibited in Dubai. Her works have also been enjoyed by art fans in Paris, New York, Vienna, Budapest and Beijing, while she was nominated for the 2014 Palm Award in her native Germany. Art buffs, don’t miss this one.
Free. July 13 – August 10, Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Mussafah (02 551 5005).