Christie's London: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World: Group Exhibition

20 July - 23 August 2023 Museums
Organised in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Youth, United Arab Emirates, and the Barjeel Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates, this unmissable showcase celebrates over 80 years of creativity from 1939 to 2023 across two distinct sections. 

Christie’s presents Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, bringing together works of art across mediums in an exhibition which collectively celebrates the creativity,
diversity and history of Arab Art. The exhibution is organised in two distinct sections, Kawkaba: Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation, features artworks by Mohamed Melehi, Mona Saudi and Nabil Nahasand Emirati Art Reimagined: Hassan Sharif and the Contemporary Voices. This will be the first time that such an extensive exhibition of Arab art will have been on view in London via a unique partnership with the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth and the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE. The exhibition is curated by Dr Ridha Moumni, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s Middle East and North Africa.




Emirati Art Reimagined: Hassan Sharif and the Contemporary Voices is a celebration of the art scene of the United Arab Emirates. The exhibition explores the career of the visionary Emirati artist Hassan Sharif, the leading figure of conceptual art in the Emirates and the Arabian Gulf. Drawn from one of the largest private collections of Hassan Sharif, the works span his time working in London in the 1980s to his death in 2015 and reflect his multi-disciplinary practive encompassing paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations.


Alongside Sharif's body of work, the exhibition presents works by contemporary Emirati artists Mohammed Kazem, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Hussain Sharif, Farah Al Qasimi, Alaa Edris, Zuhoor Al Sayegh and Taqwa Al Naqbi on loan from the Ministry of Culture and Youth, United Arab Emirates and Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai. The voices of these artists are a testament to Hassan Sharif’s legacy, whilst equally challenging artistic norms and shaping the creative landscape of the United Arab Emirates today.