Spectacular Abu Dhabi Art exhibition opens to public in Venice

The exhibition coincides with the Biennale Arte 2022.

Abu Dhabi Art has opened its Beyond: Emerging Artists 2021 exhibition at Palazzo Franchetti in Venice, Italy.

Coinciding with the Biennale Arte 2022, the exhibit which showcases the works of commissioned artists Christopher Joshua Benton, Maitha Abdalla and Hashel Al Lamki will run until 22 May 2022.

As this exhibition travels from Abu Dhabi to Venice, the Benton’s works have been adapted to the space at Palazzo Franchetti.


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Combining film, installation, and sculpture, Benton’s The World Was My Garden works with the palm tree as a metaphor for migration, labour economies and the history of slavery in the Gulf.

Abdalla’s Too Close to the Sun encompasses sculpture, works on canvas and photography covering intertwining themes including the wildness of human nature, the archetype of the feminine psyche, and the untamable character of wild animals.

Al Lamki charters various realms from the natural to the built and the imagined in order to foreground the scarcity of the earth’s resources and the way that these events impact the human psyche.


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Attending the opening reception of the exhibition in Venice was Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, His Excellency Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, His Excellency Salem Khalid Abdullah Al Qasimi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Heritage and Arts Sector, as Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and His Excellency Omar Obaid Al Shamsi, UAE ambassador to Italy.


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