Cultural Foundation adds new exhibition series to its visual arts programme

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi launches the exhibitions Abdulrahim Salim: Between Chaos and Serenity, Maheerah, and Wonder Writers  

HE Saood Al Hosani with Rita Aoun-Abdo, Executive Director of the Culture Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi and Abdulrahim Salim

HE Saood Al Hosani with Rita Aoun-Abdo, Executive Director of the Culture Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi and Abdulrahim Salim

Abu Dhabi: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has launched a series of new art exhibitions at the Cultural Foundation as part of its visual arts programme. The three exhibitions, which are available to view in person or online until 22 February 2021, seek to showcase the creative talent within both the country and the region. 

The first exhibition is dedicated to the life and career of Emirati painter and sculptor Abdulrahim Salim, a pivotal figure in the development of the UAE art scene. Abdulrahim Salim: Between Chaos and Serenity is a survey of the artist’s major paintings, examining his recurring narratives and the breadth of his artistic expression.

In a related exhibition, Maheerah will bring together figurative and multimedia artists to celebrate Salim’s work and influence with a reinterpretation of one of the recurring themes around his muse, Maheerah.

The third and final exhibition, Wonder Writers, presents a collection of short stories by students from the 12 Aldar Academies in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, each selected through an Arabic creative writing competition held in the 2019-2020 school year. Wonder Writers will also feature 23 additional stories from the competition’s runners-up.

“We are proud of the strides that the Cultural Foundation is making to provide a platform for artists to share their talents and creativity with the community,” said HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi. “They play a pivotal role in enriching Abu Dhabi’s artistic scene and creative discourse across the UAE.

“Through these captivating exhibitions, we provide the community with a deep understanding of the arts, despite operating in challenging times. In line with government directives and guidelines, we look forward to revitalising artistic and cultural experiences, and strengthening the Cultural Foundation's position as a hub for all artists.”

HE Saood Al Hosani, Acting Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “We take pride in the efforts of DCT Abu Dhabi and the Cultural Foundation to enrich the artistic and cultural dialogue in the emirate. By highlighting distinctive artistic themes and personalities such as Abdulrahim Salim, we create a valuable and effective presence for them in the local art scene and at the regional level.”

Running until 22 February, 2021 in the Cultural Foundation’s exhibition halls, the exhibitions are open from 10am to 7pm from Saturday to Thursday, and 2pm to 7pm on Friday.

The Cultural Foundation has strict safety measures and precautions in place in accordance with Government guidelines, ensuring visitors’ peace of mind.  The exhibitions will also be available for viewing online, providing audiences with direct access from the comfort and safety of their homes.


About the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the Emirate’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the Emirate’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries. DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the Emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought. 

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