Announcement

The UAE announces a long-term hospitality agreement reached with la Biennale di Venezia for a “Permanent Pavilion” in the Arsenale – Sale d’Armi.

The exhibition is being held from
1 June – 24 November, 2013.

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Featured Artist — Mohammed Kazem

Mohammed Kazem was born in Dubai, U.A.E. in 1969.  It is here that he first studied fine art at Emirates Fine Art Society.  He went on to learn music, attend national and international art workshops, as well as teach painting at Dubai Art Atelier with Hassan Sharif.

Kazem’s works have been selected for Biennials and Exhibitions  around the world for over two decades, including, Holland, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Egypt, Lebannon, Bangladesh, India, Spain, Japan, The USA, Uzbekistan, Russia, and Cuba, .

He has taken part in several Sharjah International Art Bienniales and has been awarded first prize for installation.  Kazem went on to curate the 8th Sharjah Bienniale in 2007.  Since then, he was the curator of The Flying House from 2007-2011, while simultaneously curating exhibitions in Spain, Switzerland, and in the UAE.  Kazem has opened his own studio, Empty10, in Al Quoz, Dubai in 2012.  Most recently Mohammed curated the annual MinD exhibition at the DUCTAC Gallery of Light in Dubai.

His works have been collected by private institutions such as Deutsche Bank as well as Museums in Doha, Sharjah, JP Morgan Chase Bank, USA, Sittard in Holland and by private collectors

Mohammed recently graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, USA  with a Masters in Fine Arts Degree. (December 2012.)

 

Biography

1984 – 87 — Studied painting at Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah, U.A.E.
1990 – 91 — Studied music, Al Rayat Music School, Dubai, U.A.E.
1998 — Attended general painting workshop, Arts College, Edinburgh, Scotland
1999 — Attended Art workshop, Lebanon Modern Institute, Beirut, Lebanon
1999 – 2009 — Taught painting at Dubai Art Atelier in Youth Theater for Arts, Dubai, U.A.E.
2007 — Member of Emirates Foundation Panel, Grant Program for Art.
2007 – 2011 — Curator of the flying house – Dubai –UAE.
Since 1985 member of the Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah, U.A.E.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2010 — “Directions”, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
1994 — Salwa Zaidan Gallery, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
1992 — Public Library Hor Al Anz, Dubai, U.A.E.
1987 — Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah, U.A.E.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Participation in Annual Exhibitions of Emirates Fine Art Society since 1986, Sharjah, U.A.E.
Participation in Sharjah International Art Biennial, Sharjah, U.A.E, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005.
2011 — Photo Espagna – Madrid, Spain
2010 — “Dropping Lines”, Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
2010 — “Vis Roboris”, AB Gallery, Luzern, Switzerland
2009  “ADACH Platform for Visual Arts”, La Biennale di Venezia, 53rd International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy
2009 — “When ideas become form”, Dorothea Van der Koelen Gallery, Mainz, Germany
2008 — “Season of art”, DIFC, Dubai, U.A.E.
2008 — “The Flying House at the Creek Art Fair”, Al Bastakyia, Dubai, U.A.E.
2008 — “Next Dubai exhibition”, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
2008 — “Selected UAE contemporary Artist Expo”, Saragossa, Spain
2008 — “Breaking News. Contemporary Art from the Middle East”, Paris
2007 — “The Masters”, Royal Mirage, Dubai, U.A.E.
2007 — “Dubai Dubai”, Total Art Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.
2007 — Tashkent Biennial, Uzbekistan
2007 — “Self-Representation in the Arabian Gulf”, VCU, Doha, Qatar
2007 — “7.U.A.E. Contemporary Art”, DUCTAC, Dubai, U.A.E.
2007 — “2 UAE Exhibition. Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem”, Art Space, Dubai, U.A.E.
2007 — “Portrait exhibition”, Total Art Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.
2006 — “Belief”, 1st Singapore Biennale, Singapore
2005 — “Languages of the desert”, Kunst Museum, Bonn, Germany
2004 — “Line Exhibition”, Sharjah Art Museum, U.A.E.
2003 — “Numbers–Signs–Time”, Dorothea Van Der Koelen Gallery, Mainz, Germany
2002 — Dhaka Biennial, Bangladesh.
2002 — “5 UAE”, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany
2000 — The 7th Havana Biennial, Cuba
2000 — “The Contemporary Arts of the Arab World”, Shoman Foundation, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan
2000 — “Emirates Identities”, French Cultural Center, Dubai,
1998 — The 7th Cairo International Biennial, Egypt
1998 — “U.A.E Contemporary Art”, Institute of Arab World, Paris, France
1997 — “U.A.E Artists”, French Cultural Center, Dubai, U.A.E.
1996 — “The Six Exhibition”, Sharjah Art Museum, U.A.E.
1995 — “Emirates Arts”, Sittard Art Center, Netherlands
1994 — “Five Artists Exhibition”, Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah, U.A.E.
1990 — “Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Art Society in the Soviet Union”, Moscow, U.R.S.S. (Russian Federation)
1990 — Muscat Youth Biennial, Sultanate of Oman

 

Residencies

2011 — Artist in resident in Boda Gaya, Bihar, India.
2010 — Artist in resident at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia University, U.S.A.
2008 — Artist in resident at Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz, Germany

 

Awards

2003 — First prize for Installation, Sharjah International Art Biennial
1999 — First prize for Installation, Sharjah International Art Biennial
1990 — First Prize for Painting, Muscat Youth Biennal, Sultanate of Oman

 

Collections

  • Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
  • Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, U.A.E.
  • Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, U.A.E.
  • Sittard Art Center, Netherlands.
  • JP Morgan Chase Collection, US.
  • Deutsche Bank Collection.
  • Aldar, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Private collectors in U.A.E. and abroad

 

Curatorship

2012 — Mind – Dubai Contemporary, DUCTAC, Dubai, U.A.E.
2011 — “Hassan Sharif Experiments & Objects 1979-2011”, Qasr Al Hosn, Cultural Quarter Hall, Abu Dhabi
2010 —  “Vis Roboris”, AB Gallery, Luzern, Switzerland
2009 — “Press Conference”, 1×1 Contemporary, Dubai, U.A.E.
2009 — “Re-Source”, Elementa Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.
2008 —  “Season of art”, DIFC, Dubai, U.A.E.
2008 — “The Flying House at the Creek Art Fair”, Al Bastakyia, Dubai, U.A.E.
2008 — “Selected UAE contemporary Artist in Expo”, Saragossa, Spain
2007 — “Portrait exhibition”, Total Art Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.
2007 — “7.U.A.E. Contemporary Art”, DUCTAC, Dubai, U.A.E.
2007 — Sharjah International Art Biennale, Sharjah, U.A.E.
2006 — “Window. 16 U.A.E. Artists”, Total Art Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.
2005 — “Cultural Diversity”, Sharjah Art Museum, U.A.E.

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