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Sun, Nov 22, 2020 10:00 AM - Mon, Feb 22, 2021 07:00 PM

Abu Dhabi’s Cultural Foundation, managed by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, has announced three new exhibitions presented as part of its visual arts programme, which features established and emerging artists from the UAE, the Middle East and beyond.

The series begins with an exhibition dedicated to the life and career of Emirati painter and sculptor Abdulrahim Salim, a pivotal figure in the development of the UAE art scene. Abdulrahim Salim: Between Chaos and Serenity is a survey of the artist’s major paintings, examining his recurring narratives and the breadth of his artistic expression.

Divided into six chapters - Formations, Creation and Destruction, Conversations, Struggle and Waiting, Formations of Maheerah, and Me and She and the Apple and the Crow - the exhibition explores Salim’s investigation of dualistic subjects and their inner conflict or struggle, with work soscillating between the figurative and the abstract.

A second, related exhibition, Maheerah, brings together figurative and multimedia artists to celebrate Abdulrahim Salim’s work and influence with a reinterpretation of one of his recurring thematics around his muse, the titular Maheerah. The exhibition sees ten multimedia artists bring the character of Maheerah to life through short films, while 25 figurative artists embody her character in oil, water and acrylic portraits.

The third and final exhibition, Wonder Writers, presents a collection of short stories by students from the 12 Aldar Academies in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, each selected through an Arabic creative writing competition held in the 2019 - 2020 school year. The winning stories range from explorations of the young writers’ awareness of social, cultural and environmental issues, to musings on the everyday struggles of a student, or a thrilling action adventure in uncharted jungles and much more.

Six of these winning works, by students Noura Al Hammadi, Hamdan Al Mazrouei, Qais Abu Hantash ,Shamsa Al Qubaisi, Shaikha Al Shebli and Al Reem Al Qubaisi, will be transformed into a literary wonderland of their own making, with three illustrators commissioned to bring the stories to life. Wonder Writers will also feature 23 additional stories from the competition’s runners-up.


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Nov 22, 2020 - Feb 22, 2021

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