2015 Venice Biennale News

Fourteen Artists Tapped for UAE Pavilion at Venice Biennale

Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al-Qasimi.COURTESY SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION

Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al-Qasimi.

COURTESY SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION

Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation and curator of the United Arab Emirates national pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, has selected work by 14 Emirati artists to go on view at the pavilion in a show titled “1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates.”

The artists are: Ahmed Al Ansari, Moosa Al Halyan, Mohammed Al Qassab, Abdul Qader Al Rais, Abdullah Al Saadi, Mohammed Abdullah Bulhiah, Salem Jawhar, Mohammed Kazem, Dr. Najat Meky, Abdulraheem Salim, Hassan Sharif, Obaid Suroor, Dr. Mohamed Yousif, and Abdulrahman Zainal.

“Over the last decade the UAE art scene has experienced a surge in international recognition and appreciation, however many are still not aware of the depth and diversity of our artists, who have been working decades longer than the current art boom,” said Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE foundation that commissioned the work in the exhibition, in a statement. “This exhibition represents an opportunity to document, share, and expand upon a key period for the country’s art history.”

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