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Contemporary Art: Art History Lectures in XVA Gallery

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, the 8th of June, visitors are invited to the seventh lecture of the cycle, Contemporary Art.

Contemporary art combines the whole spectrum of directions, trends and genres that artists have addressed from the second half of the 20th century to the present day. In the context of globalization and the development of technology, artists create incredibly diverse works. Contemporary art is very individual and diverse. Genres and cultural traditions interpenetrate each other, and artists continue to look for new ways of expressing themselves and current topics.

"Balloon Dog (Blue)," 1994, by Jeff Koons
“Balloon Dog (Blue),” 1994, by Jeff Koons

Contemporary art is not only a broad cultural dialogue but also an expanded contextual framework in which artists work, touching on topics such as cultural and personal identity, nationality, the values of certain communities. Contemporary art is characterised by globality, eclecticism, diversity, non-trivial materials of paintings and objects, and the absence of a single ideology.

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. 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 program of the next lectures is:

June 8: Contemporary Art

June 16: Women in Art

For more information, please visit www.xvagallery.com

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