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Paintings impressed by Islamic calligraphy and mixed-media works evoking Indian embroidery are among the many various works of up to date artwork from Bahrain on show right here till Saturday.

The showcase on the Museum of Contemporary Art in Loewen Road options round 70 artistic endeavors from 18 artists, curated beneath the banner Art Bahrain Across Borders. This is an annual travelling showcase of Bahraini artwork, organised since 2015 by artwork consultancy Art Select and beneath the patronage of Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, spouse of the King of Bahrain.

All the works are on the market and are priced between $2,000 and $17,000. The thought is to advertise modern artists from the island nation within the Persian Gulf, which has a cultural historical past courting again a minimum of 5,000 years.

Previous editions of Art Bahrain Across Borders have been featured within the well-known Saatchi Gallery in London and historic Bikaner House in New Delhi. This version debuts in Singapore after a displaying final month on the well-known Grand Palais in Paris.

Art Select founder Kaneka Subberwal co-curates the showcase in every nation with the assistance of a global advisory panel. The one right here was co-curated with Mumbai-based artwork guide Amrita Kilachand.

Artists featured vary from designer Noof Al Refaei, whose curiosity in Indian textiles is replicated on her blended media works, to the work of author and artist Ayman Jaafer, the place Arabic calligraphy is used as a visible ingredient somewhat than for its textual significance.

Ayman, 33, says: “In my opinion, Arabic calligraphy is not direct text to read. I do my art in abstract style so the letters can become free and meaningful.”


  • WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 Loewen Road

    WHEN: Until Saturday, 10.30am to 7.30pm each day



The curator, Ms Subberwal, 42, says that artists from Bahrain “draw from an inheritance acquired over generations”. A key cease on maritime commerce routes for hundreds of years, Bahrain was home to the mercantile Dilmun folks and was influenced by the empires of Persia, India and later Portugal and Britain. Modern artwork actions found a foothold there a century in the past.

India-born Ms Subberwal was struck by the little-known modern artwork scene in Bahrain after she moved to the Middle East greater than a decade in the past.

Having organised a number of artwork exhibitions in Dubai, London, Oman and Doha, she organised a boutique worldwide modern artwork truthful in Bahrain in 2015. ArtBahrain was additionally held final 12 months and this 12 months.

Alongside that, Art Bahrain Across Borders promotes the work of up to date Bahraini artists, giving them much-needed worldwide publicity.

She says: “We believe that the works will resonate with the Singapore art-loving public, as many of these are based on shared values, beliefs and causes, regardless of geographical borders or culture.”

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