Year-round series of exhibitions and public programmes

A cutting edge visual arts programme of exhibitions and affiliate public events that focus on modern and contemporary art from the UAE and the region, and beyond.

Najat Makki Luminescence

Najat Makki: Luminescence

4 Sept - 15 Dec 2019

This debut solo exhibition at the Cultural Foundation shows the spectrum of work of one of the leading artists of the UAE, Najat Makki. An abstract painter and colourist, the artist’s career has been defined by her abstract paintings and experimentation with vivid colours in a unique style.

This exhibition highlights her contemporary approach to the semantics of painting within the context of the UAE and the world. It reveals the artist’s philosophical thought process and focus on her formal interrogations. The works show Makki as a contemporary open and experimental artist, influenced by her studies, travels and social issues.

Venue: Ground Floor, Exhibition Hall.

Tribute: A dedication to Najat Makki

4 Sept - 15 Dec 2019

Featuring 19 Emirati artists, this tribute exhibition to Najat Makki is a means of expressing their love and admiration for her, whether through portraits or other painting genres and styles, on canvasses no less than two metres square. Some studied with her, others shared her first exhibitions and some have co-exhibited internationally.

Participating artists: Mohammed Mandi, Abdul Rahim Salim, Dr. Mohamed Yousif, Musa Al Halyan, Abdulrahman Zainal, Obaid Suroor, Mohammed Al Qassab, Ibrahim Al Awadhi, Mona Al Khaja, Khulood Al Jabri, Dr. Karima Al Shomely, Nassim Al Majed, Moaza Abushalibi, Mattar Bin Lahej, Jalal Luqman, Ali Al Abdan, Mohammed Al Astad, Khalil Abdulwahid and Aisha Al Suwaidi.

Venue: Floor 1, Community Exhibition Hall.

Tribute to Najat Makki
Art Residency

Art Residency Studio Exhibition

4 Sept - 30 Nov 2019

An exhibition of the works of the four artists in residence from the first year of the Art Residency programme — Ayesha Hadhir, Ahmad Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri, Saoud Al Dhaheri and Zayed Temash.

The Cultural Foundation offers a comprehensive Art Residency programme to support and advance professional artists. Within the contemporary art house in Al Hosn, at the heart of Abu Dhabi, artists benefit from dedicated studio spaces and resources. The Cultural Foundation Art Residency enables these mainly UAE-based artists to produce and exhibit work with unparalleled visibility and endorsement.

Venue: Floor 2, Art Residency Studios.

Step into a Story

4 Sept - 15 Dec 2019

The opening exhibit of the Abu Dhabi Children’s Library focus on the role that pop-up and moveable books play in literacy. A pop-up book is a type of moveable book with paper mechanisms which pop up or move when the reader turns the page or manipulates them. They are engineering marvels designed to engage readers of all ages.

The stories of UAE authors and illustrators are reimagined as 3-D immersive and interactive learning spaces to spark children’s imagination within the exhibition.

Venue: Abu Dhabi Children’s Library, Ground Floor, Exhibition Hall.

Children's Library
Najat Makki

Public Programme

An enriching public programme including artist talks, workshops, master classes, guided tours, curated film screenings and other creative programmes.

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