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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.
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.
Until 2023, the museum hosts A Century in Flux, a selection of key modernist paintings, sculptures and mixed media artworks from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection, curated by Salwa Mikdadi with Barjeel curators Mandy Merzaban and Karim Sultan.
Opening: February 2023. Curator: Hoor Al Qasimi, concept by Okwui Enwezor. Working group: Collaborators of Enwezor.
Works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection. 28 Oct. 2022 - 12 March 2023, Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Curator: Omar Kholeif.