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This sector of the historic city of Sharjah in the Al Mureijah neighborhood is being reconstructed following the original urban structure. Several old buildings are already restored or were rebuilt on the wall remains. In other cases, only the external walls are reconstructed until now. Also these spaces are used as venues for the Sharjah Biennial.
The main complex are the five new exhibition buildings, inaugurated in March 2013 for SB 11.
The new buildings provide a range of interiors to experience art along with a variety of exterior spaces including courtyards, alleyways, open squares and an inter-connected roofscape. With approximately 20,000 square feet of interior space, the new buildings dialogue with both the existing physicality of the urban fragment as well as its history and past use in order to reactivate the area and invigorate the reception of contemporary art, which is befitting within the culturally rich, multi-layered urban context.
11 Nov. 2023 – 10 March 2024. The Beauty of Impermanence: An Architecture of Adaptability. Curator: Tosin Oshinowo.
7 Feb. - 11 June 2023. Curator: Hoor Al Qasimi, based on a concept by Okwui Enwezor. Over 150 participants.