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Barjeel Art Foundation


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Barjeel Art Foundation

  • Barjeel Art Foundation Level Two, Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah Sharjah UAE (map)

Barjeel Art Foundation

Beloved Bodies II

Beloved Bodies II is the second part of an exhibition that draws on artworks from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection that depict the body in many contexts, traversing themes of language, landscape, trauma and remembrance.

Artists: Etel Adnan; Suad Al Attar; Ghada Amer; Chant Avedissian; Nadia Ayari;Thuraya Al-Baqsami; Farid Belkahia; Zoulikha Bouabdellah; Ali Cherri; Chaouki Choukini; Tagreed Darghouth; Ismail Fattah; Mustafa Halaj; Hayv Kahraman; Huda Lutfi; Sophia Al Maria; Youssef Nabil; Moataz Nasr; Jorge Tacla; Khaled Zaki; Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige; Jafar Islah; Lamia Joreige


Barjeel Art Foundation is an independent, UAE-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit an extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art. The foundation’s guiding principle is to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent, publicly accessible art collection in the UAE. Part of this objective involves developing a public platform to foster critical dialogue around contemporary art practices with a focus on artists with Arab heritage internationally. The foundation strives to create an open-ended enquiry that responds to and conveys the nuances inherent to Arab histories beyond borders of culture and geography. By hosting in-house exhibitions, lending artwork to international forums, producing print and online publications and fashioning interactive public programmes, the foundation strives to serve as an informative resource for contemporary art by Arab artists both locally and on the global stage. In addition to building an informative database of artists, the foundation is seeking to develop an educational programme that both understands and involves the local community. By establishing partnerships with arts and cultural institutions internationally, the foundation looks to create opportunities to encourage public awareness of the importance of art to the community.

This March, Barjeel Art Foundation are also showcasing their extensive collection of contemporary and modern Arab art at three international institutions: The Yale University Art Gallery (24 February – 1 June 2017), Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (27 February – 25 June 2017) and The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts (9 March – 31 May 2017).

Event Information:

1 March - 1 October 2017

Location: Level Two, Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah


Open: Saturdays – Thursdays, 10:00 – 22:00, Fridays 16:00 – 22:00

+ 971 6 556 6555



Image captions:

Walead Beshty, FEDEX Tube, 2005, Laminated glass, fedex shipping box, metal, silicon tape. Photo courtesy of Philips

Earlier Event: March 4
Maraya Art Centre
Later Event: March 8
1971- Design Space