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The Sharjah Art Museum, established in 1995 under the Art Directorate of the Department of Culture & Information, was housed in Bait Al Serkal until 1997. The new building, fully designated to the fine arts and art-related activities, was constructed just a few steps from there, and inaugurated on 9 April 1997 during the 3rd Sharjah Biennial.
The main building and another one behind, interconnected by two passage ways, have 68 halls of various sizes and a total area of aprox. 11,000 square meters.
The Sharjah Art Museum hosts temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, and is venue of Sharjah's regular exhibitions: Sharjah Biennial, Islamic Arts Festival, Emirates Fine Arts Society Annual Exhibition, Children's Art Biennial.
On the second floor, a selection of the Orientalist Collection from His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of UAE and Ruler of Sharjah, is on display. The artworks present sceneries from Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Morocco, and other countries as they were depicted by European artists and travellers in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
16 March - 16 May 2011, United Arab Emirates. Theme: Plot for a Biennial. Curators: Suzanne Cotter, Rasha Salti; Associate curator: Haig Aivazian.