Etihad Museum to Showcase HH Sheikh Mohammed’s Personal Art Collection


Dubai’s art scene is constantly growing and the emirate is always launching new initiatives and ideas to showcase the country’s local creative talents. A new initiative that aims to collect and display works of art in Dubai, the “Dubai Collection”, features the personal art collections of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the Emirates Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Chairman of the Dubai Collection Steering Committee.

The exhibition will open to the public towards the end of this year at the Etihad Museum and will feature 87 works on loan from other well-known art collectors from the United Arab Emirates who have been selected to participate. Additionally, the exhibit will be launched in an online digital museum for people around the world to view.

In a statement about the next and first exhibition of its kind, Sheikha Latifa said: “The announcement of the first works of art that are part of the Dubai collection is an exciting moment in the development of the initiative. The innovative partnership model we have developed for the collection reflects Dubai’s emergence as the hub of the region’s artistic renaissance and its role as a key player in promoting collaborations that advance cultural development.

Some of the acquired works of art will include pieces by renowned contemporary Arab artists, such as Adam Henein (Egypt, 1929-2020), Baya Mahieddine (Algeria, 1931 – 1998) and Fateh Moudarres (Syria, 1922 – 1999) . The director of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s Museums Department, Muna Faisal Al Gurg, and members of the independent curatorial committee of the Dubai collection, will meet to examine the works of art and present new works of art submitted by collectors in the region, every 3 months.

The themes of the upcoming Dubai Collection exhibition explore Dubai’s belonging, culture, identity and ever-changing facade. A member of the committee, Maryam Al Dabbagh, said: “The Collection (Dubai) takes a non-linear approach, not only recognizing the contemporaneity of the region’s modern work, but also considering the rich contributions of regional and international artists to the region. the local community. art scene that has developed alongside the development of Dubai over the past 50 years.


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