Tipped to be one of the country’s foremost contemporary art spaces the Paris Abu Dhabi Art Gallery is a one of a kind cultural hotspot in the United Arab Emirates. Ideally located in the nation’s cosmopolitan capital this unique gallery devoted to the appreciation and sale of French contemporary paintings and installations is a key highlight for all culture buffs visiting the city. Boasting an eclectic collection of works that include Oritentalist pieces the venue also displays paintings of the modern Islamic art school as the movement is of special significance to Abu Dhabi’s emerging art scene.
Having opened its doors to the public on the 12th of November, 2008 the locale is also the first French origin gallery in Abu Dhabi. Declared open by HRH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the then Minister of Education and Research the gala event was also graced by French Ambassador Alain Azouaou along with over 250 guests. Occupying a prime location on Al Sahel Towers within the Corniche the Paris Abu Dhabi Art Gallery is housed in Penthouse 1210. Targeting art lovers of various means the gallery contains pieces that fit the budgets of a wide variety of art collectors. Hoping to attract art investors, hotel conglomerates and palace décor consultants the space also deals with global businesses for corporate sponsorship deals.
Housing an impressive collection of art works from Frédéric Candon, Francis Picabia, Yves Henry, Georges Braque and Fernand Leger the venue also showcases paintings by Massoud Arabshahi as well. A special section of the gallery is dedicated to the Ronen Dutch Orientalist Movement which was established by Dutch millionaire philanthropist Atmo Ronen in 1982. Focusing on Orientalist art expressions that are both classic and contemporary in style this quarter of the gallery presents a number of works of artists belonging to this special group.
Conducting periodical seminars, lectures and workshops the gallery also serves as an art educational institution for locals as well as expatriates.
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