United Arab Emirates

Artworks from the Barjeel Art Foundation


Barjeel Art Foundation is an independent, UAE-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit an extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art. The foundation’s guiding principle is to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent, publicly accessible art collection in the UAE. Part of this objective involves developing a public platform to foster critical dialogue around contemporary art practices with a focus on artists with Arab heritage internationally. The foundation strives to create an open-ended inquiry that responds to and conveys the nuances inherent to Arab histories beyond the borders of culture and geography. By hosting in-house exhibitions, lending artwork to international forums, producing print and online publications, and fashioning interactive public programmes, the foundation strives to serve as an informative resource for contemporary art by Arab artists both locally and on the global stage. In addition to building an informative database of artists, the foundation is seeking to develop an educational programme that both understands and involves the local community. By establishing partnerships with arts and cultural institutions internationally, the foundation looks to create opportunities to encourage public awareness of the importance of art to the community.

In 2018, Barjeel signed a contract with the Sharjah Museums Authority to open a long-term exhibition at the Sharjah Art Museum, which features a selection of key modernist paintings, sculptures and mixed media artworks from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection.

Reed Enger, "Barjeel Art Foundation," in Obelisk Art History, Published October 23, 2018; last modified October 12, 2022, http://www.arthistoryproject.com/locations/united-arab-emirates/barjeel-art-foundation/.

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The Last Sound, Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Last Sound Ibrahim El-Salahi, 1964

Untitled, Ali Al Jabri

Untitled Ali Al Jabri, 1970

Untitled, Ali Al Jabri

Untitled Ali Al Jabri, 1970

Untitled, Ali Al Jabri

Untitled Ali Al Jabri, 1970

Still Life with Fish, Abdul Halim Radwi

Still Life with Fish Abdul Halim Radwi, 1975

Ma’an, Ali Al Jabri

Ma’an Ali Al Jabri, 1979

Petra, Ali Al Jabri

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