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Welcome to the Spring and to our new format newsletter. We hope you like it. 

As am sure you have found too, the last few weeks have been exceptionally busy for us with events ranging from Artscoops Auction in Beirut, Art Dubai (of course) and ArtBAB in Bahrain.  

April brings a large number of exhibitions across the globe featuring Contemporary Middle Eastern art, of which we feature our favourite selection.  Why not let us know yours?

In addition to the exhibitions, this month is auction month in London with sales at Sotheby's and Bonhams - we look forward to seeing you there.     

Etel Adnan | Gerhard Richter
19 January to 13 May, 2017

The exhibition initiates a conversation between two masters of contemporary painting, from the vastly different backgrounds of Beirut and Germany. Both artists continue to challenge the concept of working in a single style or media, translating their explosive color abstractions and painting processes to canvas, ceramic, glass, and tapestry.

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2 February to 30 April, 2017

SOMNICULUS, a joint exhibition opening at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux on February 1st, and at Jeu de Paume Paris on February 13th, 2017. Ali Cherri will be presenting new commissioned work for the Satellite Programme - The Economy of Living Things curated by Osei Bonsu.

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Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians
4 February to 4 June, 2017

Cultural rebellion and lyrical reflection come together in this world-premiere exhibition showcasing one of the most important collections of contemporary Iranian art. Encounter the works of 23 artists who have chosen  self-expression over silence - men and women separated  by 
generations  but united in their desire to explore complex
issues against  a backdrop of political and social unrest.
11 February to 7 May, 2017

During the spring of 2017, the MSK brings together two artists in the newly established Drawings Cabinet. 
The exhibition Eyewitness  links the social criticism of the Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746-1828) to the social commitment of the 
Iranian artist Farideh Lashai (1944-2013), 
in a shared indictment against violence and oppression.
Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City 
24 February to 24 September, 2017 

Diana Al-Hadid  is fascinated by boundaries, where something begins and ends. How do we define a space-be it architectural, sculptural, or experiential? Drawing on a panoply of art-historical and scientific references, she explores the space between two-dimensional mark-making and three-dimensional sculpture, the imagined and the real, interior and exterior, belonging and alienation, the ruin and the yet-to-be-completed.

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UAE Unlimited Presents the Work of Eight Emerging Emirati-based Artists
25 February to 18 June, 2017

Set to take place at  Warehouse421  in Abu Dhabi from February 2017, UAE Unlimited's latest exhibition Bayn: the In-Between  is a collaboration between a number of UAE-based artists, curators and institutions highlighting the collective nature of the creative community in the UAE today.

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4 March to 21 May, 2017

13 women artists (from Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine) show destroyed and impoverished landscapes from 2000 to the present day. They reflect usurped lands, looted goods and places through sculptures, videos, photos, etc.
29 March to  21 May, 2017

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art  is delighted to present an exhibition of photographic works by German artist Elger Esser This exhibition, his first solo show in a public institution in the United Kingdom, focuses on a new series of works,entitled Morgenland,  created during his travels in the Eastern countries of Lebanon, Egypt and Israel from 2004 to 2015.

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Sadik Kwaish Alfraji at the British Museum
Moving stories: three journeys
30 March to  30 April, 2017

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji  is part of Moving stories: three journeys,  a new multimedia exhibition at the British Museum. A selection of drawings from Alfraji's Ali's Boat series is featured alongside a projected animation of million-year-old footprints discovered in 2013 and a short film by the late poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant. Before travelling to the British Museum, Alfraji's series was highlighted in solo exhibitions in the Middle East and Europe between 2014 and 2016, including at the Red Star Line Museum in Belgium. 

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31 March to  4 June, 2017

Chisenhale Gallery presents the first institutional solo exhibition by London and Beirut-based artist Maeve Brennan and the premiere of a major new film commission The Drift (2017).
The film is produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol and commissioned  by Chisenhale  Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth,  The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore.

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1 April to 23  April, 2017

OJALÁ! is a photography exhibition showcasing the works of Italian photographer Chiara Ferronato and Spanish photographer Joan Alvado. The installation is curated by Vinca L Gilbert-Dascent.

The show takes place from April 1st to the 23rd at the photography research centre and creative workshop ISOLAB in the heart of Venice, moments away from the Arsenale. 

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A group photography exhibition
7 April to 15 May , 2017

The edict that we are increasingly becoming a visual culture has never been more true - 2 billion new images and photographs are uploaded on social media every day around the world and circulated widely and indiscriminately. The advent of digital photography and smartphones equipped with increasingly sophisticated cameras and digital processing software has made taking photographs every easier. Now, it seems, everyone is a photographer.



A hypnotic video of a rare art form

Lithography nearly died out in the 1960s - but it's seen a recent resurgence. Adam Proctor has filmed two printers going through the process in Berlin.

Sliding, etching, scraping and sanding: the muffled sound of a roller; the drip of acid on limestone; the clunk as the stone is pushed into place. Hypnotic in its measured pace and minimal soundtrack, a new video reveals a technique that goes back more than two centuries. Sarah Dudley and Ulli Kühle are lithographers, drawing on stone in layers of colour, etching with nitric acid, rolling on ink and printing onto acid-free cotton rag paper.

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