Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art at the Farjam Collection

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Al Sakeena, Serenity Series, Abdul Qader Al Raes, Watercolor on paper mounted on board

Opening tonight at the Farjam Collection in Dubai is an exhibition entitled Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art. Featuring works by some of the foremost modern and contemporary artists such as Mahmoud Said, Nja Mahdaoui, Mona Hatoum and Youssef Nabil, the exhibit explores some of the most formative styles and techniques apparent in the history of Arab art over the last century.

Kaleidoscope, 2007, Lara Baladi, Acetate on mirror polished stainless steel

“From the birth of civilization to the present day, the Arab world has produced a multitude of gifted artists, from painters and potters, to musicians and poets. Today the region, and the UAE in particular, is at the forefront of major developments in art and culture internationally. It is a great personal pleasure and source of satisfaction for me to share with audiences in the UAE a selection of Arab art drawn from the collection,” said Farhad Farjam, the founder of the Farjam Collection in a recent press release on the exhibition.

Nujoom highlights over 40 works in a broad range of media including photography, painting and sculpture and the relevant artistic concerns which have influenced Arab art. In particular, the exhibition features two works by renowned Egyptian artist Mahmoud Said who recently set new auction records at Christie’s Dubai sale of modern and contemporary art from the Middle East last week. Also included in the exhibition is Festivities (1986) by modern master Lebanese artist Paul Guiragossian. Known for her large-scale installations, Lebanese-Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum presents Over My Dead Body, a large billboard banner where a miniature toy soldier rises above the artist’s profile.

The exhibition recognizes the confluence of influences from traditions and cultures around the globe on modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art. The works of these artists attest the continued resonance and universality of Arab art.

The Farjam Collection at the DIFC highlights a series of rotating exhibitions from the Farjam Collection as well as numerous educational events to further foster appreciation for the art works on display and the context in which they were made. All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. The Farjam Collection is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 8pm and on Saturday from 12 pm to 8pm.

The Opening for Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art takes place tonight from 6:45pm until 8:45pm at the Farjam Collection, Building 4, Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Center +971 4 323 0303

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