An Arab Autumn Begins

The most extensive display of modern and contemporary Arab art ever staged in Britain, possibly in the West, begins at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London today 9 September 2015], and runs, chronologically in four successive parts, until January 2017. All 100 works in this marathon exhibition hail from one privately owned collection in the Gulf which has a mission in these troubled times to share the beauty of Arab art with the world. The Sharjah-based Barjeel Art Foundation Collection, which numbers over 1,200 works by artists from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea dating from 1900 to the present day, has been built by Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, commonly described as a journalist and commentator on Arab affairs but who also belongs to the ruling family in Sharjah and is chairman of a successful investment company.

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