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20 Emirati Artists to Participate in Abu Dhabi Visual Arts Exhibition

20 Emirati Artists to Participate in Abu Dhabi Visual Arts Exhibition

Friday, 19 January, 2018 - 11:15
Spectators take pictures of Emirati planes performing in an airshow as part of the "Union Fortress Live Military Demonstration", at the Abu Dhabi Corniche. AFP file photo

Abu Dhabi Festival 2018 will present a diverse visual arts program throughout February and March at Manarat Al Saadiyat, with over 100 artworks by more than 70 artists, including 20 Emirati artists, state news WAM reported.

Titled From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in dialogue with the emirates, the exhibition features works from one of the most significant contemporary collections in Europe and is curated by MACBA’s Director, Ferran Barenblit, in partnership with co-curator Nasser Abdullah, Chairman of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, WAM said.

Opening to the public from February 2 to March 17, the exhibition presents giants of international contemporary art, with major works and significant moments exploring ‘What makes us human?’, ‘Where and how do we live?’ and ‘What is art?’.

A dialogue across continents, decades, schools of thought and artistic movements, the exhibition features film, sculpture, painting, installation, drawing, photography, light works and conceptual pieces, brought together around the questions that define us, the news agency said.

This year’s Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Program will include activities for aspiring and emerging artists, from the public to university and school students, it said.

The educational program will include a series of interactive talks, exhibition tours and practical creative sessions inspired by the works on display, and led by the Emirati artists feature in this year’s exhibition, it added.

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