Check out a major exhibition at The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi


The centre is currently showcasing Modernisms.

Culture vultures of Abu Dhabi will be spoilt later this year as NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery has revealed the arrival of two major exhibitions.

Free for the public to attend and explore, The NYUAD Art Gallery will open Parthenogenesis: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian on Tuesday 1 March and Khaleej Modern will be the main feature of The Fall Program.

Created by artists originally from Iran who are known for their immersive projects, performances, paintings, and animations, Parthenogenesis: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian traces how an artwork grows itself through an artist’s relationships with others.

The exhibition is a testament to their 13 years in Dubai as artists living and working together, creating a landscape and tapestry of continuously evolving ideas and dialogues with collaborators, artists, and visitors to their home.



Khaleej Modern is a landmark historical survey of the last century of modern art movements across the GCC states, collectively known as the “Khaleej.

Based on the research of the curator Dr Aisha Stoby, follows the region’s pre-‘boom era’ of the early/mid-20th century through 2008 and will shine a light on the art history of the Gulf.

In addition to the exhibitions the National Pavilion UAE at the Biennale Arte 2022 in Venice will open on 23 April.

Curated by the Executive Director of The Art Gallery, Maya Allison, the project titled Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between Sunrise and Sunset is a human-sized installation of sculptural forms that draws from the artist’s deep connection to the local environment of his hometown of Khor Fakkan.

Speaking on the announcement of the programme, Maya said: “I’m deeply gratified to see the many ways that, in 2022, we will celebrate and make visible existing art histories, and investigate art practices that flourish beyond traditional art world frameworks.

“Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim is a veteran experimental artist rooted outside the urban centres of the region, while Dr Aisha Stoby’s groundbreaking research shows that clusters of artistic communities have thrived throughout the modern Gulf, often as informal, self-supported collectives, as she will trace in Khaleej Modern.

“I am compelled by the depth and complexity of the work of these artists, long-recognised by their peers, but only now entering the canons of modern global art history.”

“Similarly, for our partnership with the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C., both the curator, Munira Al Sayegh, and the artists she selected for their current exhibition, all thrive in the context of present-day UAE’s art scene.

“That ecosystem includes the artists in our Spring exhibition, and I look forward to welcoming audiences to discover the radical rethinking of artistic practice by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, who have found inspiration in their art community of the UAE.

“Supporting the research of scholars such as Dr Aisha Stoby, curator Munira Al Sayegh, and the art practice of Ramin, Rokni, and Hesam, together makes up a core tenet of The Art Gallery’s mission, both in championing and growing the work of artists, and in documenting the journey that led us to this moment.”

But in the meantime, Abu Dhabians can get their cultural fix by attending The Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection.

Based on collections from the 1960s and early 1970s, the exhibition challenges Western-centric narratives of modern art.

However, you better be quick as the exhibition closes this Saturday (5 February).


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