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The Al Shuwaiheen area is one of the oldest areas in Sharjah, dating back to the end of the 18th century. It has been reconstructed and restored between 1993 and 1995, including five heritage buildings and a mosque. The newly constructed Sharjah Art Museum was inaugurated on 9 April 1997, during the 3rd Sharjah Biennial.
The Arts Square in the center interconnects the surrounding art spaces and serves as venue for artworks, projects, interventions, performances, workshops and events in the public space.
The headquarters of the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) is located at the Arts Square. The art spaces in this area run directly by SAF are Bait Al Serkal, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, and the nearby Collections Building.
Main institution for contemporary arts, organizer of the Biennial and other world class events.
March - June 2022. Curators: Okwui Enwezor, Hoor Al Qasimi. Theme: Thinking Historically in the Present, conceived by late Enwezor.