The Surface and Beyond
Deeply contemplative and quietly confident, Khaled Al Saai is not only a driving force behind modern Arabic calligraphic practice but also a passionate advocate of a wider understanding of this formidable art. His work is often a reflection on the emotions of freedom and discovery, although recently it has become more focused on the bigger issues facing the world in general. Awarded the title of Master of Calligraphy in both modern and traditional categories by fellow calligraphers, he is regularly participates in lectures, workshops and exhibitions across Morocco as well as in Europe, the US and South America.
The gallery’s vision is twofold: to bring international artists to Dubai, supporting their exploration and interpretation of the Middle East into visual forms and to represent locally based artists. There is also an ever changing collection of three dimensional objects displayed alongside fine art, sculpture and artifacts in the five main rooms of the house. A Majlis is defined as a meeting place or common ground. Over the years, The Majlis Gallery has more than fulfilled that description. It has hosted countless exhibitions, seminars and cultural events and formed a model for the feasibility study that ultimately led to the restoration of all the remaining buildings in the Bastakiya, now known as The Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood.
4 March – 6 April 2017
Location: Villa 52 Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai
Open: Saturday – Thursday, 10:00 - 18:00
Khaled Al Saai, A Heavenly City, ink, acrylic and collage on paper, 40 x 64 cm