On March 3 and 4, one is invited to take part in Art Dubai Modern Talks 2023 which will be held in collaboration with Dubai Collection. Art critic Mouna Mekouar and Lorenzo Giusti, an Italian art historian, will be curators of a series of talks and lectures to give an overview of modern art in North Africa, Middle East, and South Asia; the question of art training, production, and reception of works will be discussed. Looking at the history and historiography of mid-20th-century abstraction, the conversations will rethink art-historical canons and expand the discourse around global modernism.
On March 3, from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM, the discussion titled “Modern Art and Museums” will be held. The participants will talk about possible ways to include and present modern art from MENASA countries in international museums and how the region’s heritage can be preserved in the light of global market interest.
The participants are:
– Karina El Helou, the director of the Sursock Museum in Beirut, Lebanon;
– Nathalie Bondil, a famous museologist and art historian;
– Nada Shabout, a Regent Professor of Art History and the Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative at the University of North Texas, USA;
– Devika Singh, a Senior Lecturer in Curating at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England;
– Dr. Ridha Moumni, an Art and Archaeology historian and Deputy Chairman of Middle East and North Africa at Christie’s.
On March 4, from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM, the panel “Geographies of Land and Faces in Marwan’s World: Their Deconstruction and Reanimation” will be held. Marwan Kassab Bachi, an internationally renowned German painter of Syrian origin, influenced an entire generation of young artists. The panel will explore a lifetime of stories, friendships, inspirations, and the rich oeuvre comprising his legacy.
The participants are:
– Andrée Sfeir-Semler, an Art historian and gallery owner with branches in Hamburg, Germany and Beirut, Lebanon;
– Rafia Koudmani, the director of Courtyard Arts, Dubai;
– Azza Munif, an art lover and collector who worked for Gulf News Research Centre;
– Hala Khayat, a Middle Eastern, Arab, Iranian, and Turkish senior arts specialist, cultural consultant, writer, curator, art collector, and philanthropist.
To learn more, please visit the official web page of the events.