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Cubism and Early Abstraction: Art History Lectures in XVA Gallery
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XVA Gallery continues a series of lectures on Art History from Classicism to Contemporary Art – the period from the 19th century to the present day. The lectures are headed by Dr Michaela Watrelot, telling about the highlights of various art movements, the most influential artists and their masterpieces. The visitors are able to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of art and learn how to confidently identify and discuss various artistic styles, epochs and eras.

This Wednesday, May, 18, visitors are invited to the fourth lecture of the cycle, Cubism and Early Abstraction. 

Cubism is a style in painting, one of the modernist trends. Cubism originated in France at the beginning of the 20th century. Cubist artists laid out three-dimensional objects into separate elements and transferred them to a two-dimensional plane. At first glance, cubism is a simplification. However, the cubists managed to expand the possibilities of the human eye on the depicted objects. The objects in the paintings are depicted as if you are looking at them from different sides at the same time. 

Cubism made a significant influence on architecture, literature and music of the 20th-21st centuries. The most famous cubist is Pablo Picasso; it was he who was the founder of cubism, along with the French cubist Georges Braque.

“Le Bougeoir [The Candlestick]” by Georges Braque, 1911 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London, 2021
Dr Michaela Watrelot holds a PhD in Art History. She is an art educator, curator, and published author specialising in 19th and 20th-century art, the history of private collecting, and art market research. In addition, she is a recipient of different international grants and scholarships supporting her academic research, including the International Fellowship Programme of the Berlin State Museums and the research grant of Charles University. She earned a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Vienna, gaining a further understanding of the contemporary art market while working at Christie’s in Vienna and Dubai.

The Art History lectures will be held for 1,5 hours, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The regular price is Dhs. 200.00. The programme of the next lectures is:

The 18th of May: Cubism and Early Abstraction

The 25th of May: Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art

The 1st of June: Minimalism and Conceptual Art

The 8th of June: Contemporary Art

The 15th of June: Women in Art

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