Sharjah Art Museum

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The Sharjah Art Museum is an art museum in the city of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.[1] It was housed in Bait Al Serkal in Al Shuwaihean Area. It is one of the leading art institutions in the Persian Gulf region.

A new building of the museum was established on April 7, 1997 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, the Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah during the 3rd Sharjah International Arts Biennial.[1] Sharjah Art Museum has a collection of modern and contemporary art by artists from United Arab Emirates and other Middle Eastern countries. It also organizes and hosts temporary exhibitions and educational events. It has a total floor area of 111,000 m² with galleries over two floors and an underground car park beneath it.


Barjeel Art Foundation exhibition at the Sharjah Art Museum

Sharjah Art Museum since its establishment, held numerous temporary exhibitions throughout the years. They were curated by the museum or in collaboration with other institutions. Some of those institutions were Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam, TATE Britain in London, Barjeel Art Foundation in the UAE, and The Gibran Museum in Lebenon.

Temporary Exhibition

  • Stations by Lore Bert, 2007
  • Andreas Gursky, 2007
  • Face of Asia: Steve Mccurry Photographs, 2008
  • Lure of the East, 2009
  • Tarek Al-Ghoussein, 2010
  • Lithographs of David Roberts, 2011
  • Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist, 2012
  • Trajectories: 19th and 21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan, 2014
  • Cobra: 1000 Days of Free Art, 2015
  • Drawings of Gibran: A Human Perspective, 2015
  • Considering Dynamics and Forms of Chaos: Angela Bullock and Maria Zeres, 2016
  • Kamal Youssef: Egypian Surrealism's Time Capsule, 2016
  • Ahmed Morsi: A Dialogic Imagination Exhibition, 2017
  • Subversive Forms of Social Sculpture: Abdulnasser Gharem and Heimo Zobernig, 2018
  • A Century in Flux: Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation, 2018-2023

Annual Exhibitions

Lasting Impressions Exhibition organized by the museum to highlight pioneer Arab artists in the MENA Region some of them include:

  • Abdulqader Al Rais
  • Abdul Latif Al Smoudi
  • Najat Maky
  • Ismail Al Rifai
  • George Bahgory
  • Thuraya Albaqsami
  • Ismail Shammout and Tamam El Akhal

Sharjah Biennial, organized by Sharjah Art Foundation

Emirates Fine Arts Society Exhibition

Sharjah Islamic Art Festival

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