New exhibition of Emirati art in Abu Dhabi

Up-and-coming artists on display in Andaz Capital Gate hotel

New exhibition of Emirati art in Abu Dhabi

We’re very lucky to live in a city that is so rich in art and culture.

But while some of the masterpieces in the Louvre have been gathered from around the world, or brought over from the collections at famous French museums such as Musée D’Orsay, plenty of Abu Dhabi’s art was born much closer to home.
The capital has a thriving creative scene filled with up-and-coming artists, and a new exhibition is aiming to showcase these incredible local talents.

International Art Management (iAM) is bringing works by 11 Emirati artists to the 165 Below gallery at the recently opened Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi.

The collection, iAM Extraordinaire, will open to the public on February 27.

The unveiling will be marked by a free gala-style event, featuring entertainment from emerging musician and oud player, Ahmad Mohammed Al Mansoori.

The artists involved come from across the UAE, and their works range from sculptures to abstract paintings and calligraphy.

These include pieces from realist painter Amal Bin Lootah, who is known for depicting the empowerment of women through her work, and jewellery designer and sculptor Azza Al Qubaisi, who also has her works displayed in the recently reopened Cultural Foundation at the Al Hosn site.



Visitors will be enticed by the bold abstract paintings and thought-provoking subject matters of Khulood Al Jabri’s art, while Tarek Shouissi’s sketches manage to effectively capture the many emotions of everyday life.

Spray paint features in Sultan al Hashmi’s graffiti-style creations, and Badr Abbas’ colourful pieces perfectly demonstrate the funky style of Emirati cubism.

Cherry Ali, co-founder of International Artist Management, says: “Through the lenses of these remarkably talented artists, the public has an opportunity to glimpse how these individuals are building the UAE’s contemporary art scene. With this exhibition, we hope to help people understand that contemporary art is important both for the development of the UAE’s national people and also for UAE national culture.”

The project is on display until March 30 and it’s totally free to enter.

We think you’ll be surprised by the amount of sheer talent we have on our doorstep, and we can’t wait to head back to the Andaz for another rich cultural exploration.

Free. Feb 27, 7pm (opening) until Mar 30. Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 596 1234).

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