Three artists from the UAE will participate in the 16th edition of the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, which will be held in France from 14 to 31 December, under the slogan “The Fragility of the World”.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture and Youth and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the UAE is represented in the exhibition by artist Hashel Al Lamki, artist Mohamed Kazem, and mural artist Shafa Ghaddar, who are displaying to the French and international audience a selection of their most prominent works that explain their artistic vision and reflect their concept of the Biennial theme. Its motto, and its main axis, which highlights this year’s “the fragility and instability of the world.”
According to the curators, Sam Bardawil and Till Fellrath, the exhibition translates “the uncertainty in the world” through the exhibited works. 300 archival documents, nearly 40 collections from around the world.
Minister of Culture and Youth Noura Al Kaabi said: “This participation is an ideal opportunity to showcase the projects of artists from the UAE, through this global event, which occupies a distinguished and prestigious position among artistic events, because it offers wide options to creators in the various fields of arts, and this participation also consolidates The country’s pioneering position, its continuous and influential presence in various international art events, and its efforts to introduce the Emirati and Arab identity to the art-tasting audience.”
She added, “We are proud of the participation of artists from the UAE, who have a well-known presence in the contemporary art circles, who present a set of works that included their visions and the authenticity of their history and Emirati and Arab identity. .
For his part, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “The artists of the UAE continue to proudly represent the country in foreign forums, and their participation in the 16th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art reflects our pride in our identity and our ancient cultural heritage, and our deep desire to share our masterpieces of art with the world. And explore the extent of interaction between cultures and the creative dialogue that we establish in partnership with the rest of the world, in addition to making serious use of the topics of this prestigious plastic forum.”
This year, the Biennale presents its audience with new works by contemporary artists, as well as historical pieces from museums in the French city. It also displays collections on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Statlich Konstamonen from the German city of Dresden, as well as many of the leading cultural institutions in Lyon, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Lugdunum Museum, the Roman theatres, the Gadani Museums and others.
• On the 14th of this month, the biennale, which will continue until December 31, was launched under the slogan “The Fragility of the World”.
Noura Al Kaabi:
• “The UAE’s participation confirms its influential presence in various international artistic events, and its efforts to introduce the Emirati and Arab identity to the art-tasting audience.”
• “Emirates artists continue to proudly represent the country in foreign forums, and their participation in the Lyon Biennale reflects our pride in our identity and our ancient cultural heritage.”
The golden age of Beirut
The Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art presents, within two axes, the artworks axis, which includes contributions from 87 contemporary artists from 39 countries, and the chronological axis that includes hundreds of artworks and historical collectibles spanning 2,000 years, which are collections loaned from several different artistic bodies from the city of Lyon and abroad. .
The biennale also presents an intersection between the two axes, as it focuses this year on the sixties, or the so-called golden age of Beirut.
It also highlights Lyon’s historical intertwining with the Lebanese capital, informing his audience and through several venues throughout the French city of the many artistic aesthetics supervised by more than 50 specialized committees.
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