Emiratis display their creativity at the 16th Lyon Biennale

Abu Dhabi: With the support of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, and in cooperation with the Lyon Biennial Foundation, three artists from the UAE are participating in the 16th edition of the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, which will be held in France from September 14 to December 31, 2022, under the slogan The fragility of the world.

The country will be represented in the exhibition by artist Hashel al-Lamki, artist Muhammad Kazem, and mural artist Shafa Ghaddar, who are presenting to the French and international audience a selection of their most prominent works that explain their artistic vision and reflect their concept of the Biennale’s theme and slogan, and its main axis, which highlights this year’s “fragility” world and its instability.


According to the curators, Sam Bardawil and Till Fellrath, the exhibition translates into “the uncertainty in the world” through the exhibited works. 300 archival documents from nearly 40 collections from around the world.


In her statement, Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, said: “This participation is an ideal opportunity to showcase the projects of artists from the UAE through this global event, which occupies a distinguished and prestigious position among artistic events, due to the wide options it offers to creators in the various fields of arts, This participation also consolidates the country’s leading position and its continuous and influential presence in various international artistic events, and its efforts to introduce the Emirati and Arab identity to the art-tasting audience.”

She continued, “We are proud of the participation of artists from the UAE who have a well-known presence in the contemporary art circles, who present a set of works that included their visions and the authenticity of their history and Emirati and Arab identity.


For his part, His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “The artists of the UAE continue to proudly represent the country in foreign forums, and their participation in the 16th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Lyon reflects our pride in our identity and our ancient cultural heritage, and our deep desire to share our masterpieces of art with the world. And explore the extent of interaction between cultures and the creative dialogue that we establish in partnership with the rest of the world, in addition to making serious use of the topics of this prestigious plastic forum.”

Historic pieces

This year, the Biennale presents its audience with new works by contemporary artists as well as historical pieces from museums in the French city, as well as exhibits on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, (Statliche Konstsammlungen from Dresden, Germany) and many cultural institutions Leading Lyon such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Musée Lugdunum (Lugdunum), the Roman theatres, the Gadani Museums and others.

The exhibition presents two axes, the artworks axis, which includes contributions from 87 contemporary artists from 39 countries, and the chronological axis, which includes hundreds of artworks and historical collections spanning over two millennia, which are collections loaned from several diverse artistic bodies from the city of Lyon and abroad.


The biennial presents an intersection between the two axes, as it focuses this year on the sixties or the so-called golden age of Beirut, and highlights the historical intertwining of Lyon with the Lebanese capital, informing his audience and through several places throughout the French city on the many artistic aesthetics that he oversees more From 50 specialized committees.

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