2022 exhibition program – Announcements


NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery (NYUAD) has announced its program for 2022. Spring marks the first institutional solo exhibition in the UAE for a trio of artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, and autumn will see Modern Khaleej—an in-depth study of modern art in the Gulf. The Gallery also announced collaborations with the UAE National Pavilion at the Arte Biennale 2022 in Venice, and with the Middle East Institute in Washington DC for the UAE 50th Anniversary Exhibition. NYUAD Art Gallery‘s program of exhibitions and collaborations reflects its ongoing commitment to supporting artists, curators, and scholars who expand the study and knowledge of art around the world.

On Tuesday, March 1, NYUAD Art Gallery will open Parthenogenesis: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian. The artists, originally from Iran, have adopted the UAE as their home. They are known for their immersive and surreal projects, performances, paintings and animations, which have been exhibited internationally, in multiple biennials and major museums (including the Liverpool, Sydney and Toronto biennials, and the Kunsthalle Zurich, ICA Boston, MACBA Barcelona and a forthcoming project at the Hayward Gallery, London). In their first institutional solo exhibition in the United Arab Emirates, the artists create a landscape in the gallery that traces how a work of art develops through an artist’s relationships with others. Parthenogenesis bears witness to their 13 years in Dubai as artists living and working together, creating an ever-changing landscape and tapestry of ideas and dialogues with collaborators, artists and visitors in their home.

Fall 2022 will feature Modern Khaleej, a historical historical survey of the last century of modern art movements across the GCC states, collectively known as “Khaleej.” Organized by Dr Aisha Stoby—who was recently appointed curator of the first Oman pavilion at the Venice Biennale—Modern Khaleej is based on his research tracing the pre-boom era of the region from the early/mid-twentieth century to 2008. By analyzing the modern art history of the Gulf together for the first time, the exhibition promotes a broader conversation on more inclusive narratives related to comparative modernities and artistic movements of the region, and will play a vital role in illuminating the history of Gulf art.

In addition to the gallery’s 2022 program, NYUAD Art Gallery Executive Director Maya Allison is curating the UAE National Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Arte Biennale, which opens to the public in Venice, Italy on April 23. Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between sunrise and sunset, the project stems from Allison’s long series of curatorial collaborations with the artist. This is a major new installation of human-sized abstract and organic sculptural forms that draws inspiration from Ibrahim’s deep connection to the local environment from his home in Khor Fakkan, on the rocky eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. . Ibrahim is one of the leading artists in the United Arab Emirates and an influential member of the historic group of experimental and conceptual artists who have led the avant-garde of visual art in the UAE since the 1980s.

Allison said, “I am deeply thrilled to see the many ways in which, in 2022, we are celebrating and making visible existing art histories and exploring artistic practices that are flourishing here. Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim is a seasoned experimental artist rooted outside the region’s urban centers, while Dr. Aisha Stoby’s groundbreaking research shows that groups of artistic communities have long flourished in the modern Gulf, often as informal, self-sustaining collectives. , as it will plot in Modern Khaleej. I am compelled by the depth and complexity of the work of these artists, long recognized in the region, but slowly becoming part of the canons of world art history.”

Allison continues: “Similarly, for our partnership with the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, both the curator, Munira Al Sayegh, and the artists she has selected for their current exhibition, all thrive within the context of the current UAE art scene. This ecosystem includes the artists in our spring exhibition, and I look forward to welcoming the public to experience the radical rethinking of artistic practice by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, who have found inspiration in their artistic community. of the United Arab Emirates. The 2022 projects expand on a core tenet of The Art Gallery’s mission, championing and developing the work of artists, and documenting the journey that has brought us to this moment.


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