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October 2009

A. Rahim Sharif Vases

10 October, 2009 @ 9:00 am - 29 October, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

The recent series of paintings, titled Vases, is Abdulrahim Sharif’s resolute and reflective approach to Still Life, the genre that seems to have fallen through the cracks of art history. Whether he is deliberately nostalgic or not, Sharif plays on sentiment in his choice of subject. Endowed with dignity and gravity which belie their humble status, Vases, have an immediate visual impact because of their unusual composition, sumptuous colour, persistent manifestations and mutations set within the frame where they take…

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November 2009


8 November, 2009 @ 9:00 am - 21 November, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

Faces As Witness Fouad Naïm’s work revolves around the human being and through it he comes closer to mystery and interrogation. From abstract geometrical shapes, signs and letters scattered across the canvas to figurative and minimal forms his creative vision is born, fusing color and light. Fouad Naïm presents us with a work that broadens our vision, eliminating the boundaries between civilizations and between cultures. And as much as he draws from the well of artistic heritage he remains alert…

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December 2009

Knot Constructions

6 December, 2009 @ 9:00 am - 19 December, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

Moosa Silwadi’s Knot Constructions Moosa Silwadi’s artistic creations strike the viewer with their energy and explosive dynamism. At times they remind of the whirr of objects moving at high speed, knotted buildings or futuristic cityscapes, at times they could be close-ups of the human anatomy, muscles or other organic forms. Executed in a rhythmic and fluid style, Moosa Silwadi’s works are creations of compulsion and obsession. A Bahraini architect and artist, Moosa Silwadi was born in 1968 in Bahrain to…

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May 2010

Khalid Farhan, Recent Works

16 May, 2010 @ 9:00 am - 5 June, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

Meeting Khalid Farhan We first met in 2001 in Bahrain and, along with the artist Adel Assiwi, I was a member of the Jury of Bahrain Photographers. What drew our attention at that time was a sculpture made of wood, which was displayed just outside the Bahrain National Museum and measuring well over ten meters in length. We were curious to know who the artist is. As expected, the work was a reflection of the inner state of the artist.…

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January 2011

Collectors’ Exhibition

29 January, 2011 @ 9:00 am - 3 February, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

Individuals who love and support the arts enrich the cultural life of their environment, their nation. In this exhibition, it is our honor and pleasure to present a small selection of paintings and sculpture from the collections of some of Bahrain’s foremost collectors. Through their lifelong passion for art and collecting, they are an invaluable asset for Bahrain, providing us today with the opportunity to see some of their chosen pieces and learn about these artists and their work.

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October 2011

Khalil Al Hashimi, BRONZE + STONE

9 October, 2011 @ 9:00 am - 22 October, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

The Meaning Of Expression The more we exist, the more we feel our being and realize meanings. An artist transforms existence through his processes of visualizations and opinions about the universe, from his position within his culture and society. Similarly, the sculptor’s creative process includes many evolving threads of experience, conflicts and meaning, like dancing rhythms within an inner journey. His expression entices the more receptive to join his journey and share the meaning. Khalil Al Hashimi demonstrates his talents…

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December 2011


11 December, 2011 @ 9:00 am - 24 December, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

A photographic exploration of Muharraq at the turn of the 21st century “Seeing in other ways, we see other things.” Heinrich Wölfflin, Principles of Art History, 1915 It is with this famous line that the seminal German art historian and historiographer Heinrich Wölfflin drew attention to the power of the visual arts to influence how we see and perceive our surroundings. From its inception, photography in particular has had a dichotomous relation to objective reality. The early photographers in the…

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March 2012


17 March, 2012 @ 9:00 am - 30 June, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

History of the project Mahmoud Darwish was invited to speak at the Theatre de l’Odéon in Paris a few months before his death. He recited some of his poems in Arabic – and, in particular, the last pages of “Mural” – in front of a packed theater. This memorable evening was recorded in full and is the basis of the recordings used in this installation. At the same time, the poet learnt of the project to build an interactive sound…

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October 2012


21 October, 2012 @ 9:00 am - 3 November, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

Premonition – Or The Lion Mariam Haji is an artist of many talents and hidden meanings. Working in multiple media, ranging from photography and video to installation and performance, 2012 has been the year where the artist has challenged herself in her favorite medium – drawing and painting. From ‘The Muse’ series, which was exhibited at the Bahrain National Museum and won the Al Dana Prize in the Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, to an exhibition of small pencil drawings of…

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February 2013


10 February, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 23 February, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

Cut & Paste - these two words define one of the most basic and common activities we all perform daily on our computers and call to mind images of office executives hunched over their computer screens, immersed in daily clerical activities. Applied to the world of art, these actions evoke the world of collages, montages, where everyday objects and images are taken from their usual context and reconfigured into independent artworks. Collage has an inherently rebellious nature. Associated since the…

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May 2013

Darwish – An Altar of Poetry

12 May, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 25 May, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

Each of us has his/her own style and personal philosophy towards things: I chose for myself the “philosophy of colours,” conflicting discordant colours, a simple and spontaneous philosophy. If we look deeper inside ourselves, we’ll find that we live the noise and discordant din, the screaming chaos of the senses exactly as the colour strokes of the painter fall on the body of the silent panel, in a state of rebellion and mutiny reflected not in angry sounds but in…

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October 2013


27 October, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 30 November, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

I have often been attracted to the dome shaped metal mesh that is a common site on the shores of Gulf. These metal shapes would be stacked on the shores, either ready to be taken on board the boat, or just came back from a journey to the bottom of sea. It’s an old and clever device which is used to catch fish. Once a fish enters the mesh it’s trapped and there would be no way to escape. In…

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December 2013


8 December, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 4 February, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

Sleeping Beauty is an exhibition of an installation taking a shape of a labyrinth, almost 3 meters heigh. It consists of embroidered dresses, approximately 55 x 30cm, floating in the air light as a dream, enveloped by a drapery of white material patched with embroideries, conceptual presentations of dogs running through enchanted forest. Christine Khonjie embroiders Sleeping Beauty’s 100 years dreams that are perceived by the artist as a transformation, perpetual metamorphosing of the subconscious. In her mind Khonjie sees…

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January 2014


22 January, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 20 February, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

For years documentary photographers have travelled the world in search of unique moments that transcend the time and place they are captured in, leaving room for the viewer to make his or her own interpretations. Driven by the intoxicating spell of India, Haya Al Khalifa, Rasha Yousif, Saji Antony and Stephanie Ravel have set out into a country that bristles with a mind stirring mix of cultural traditions and vibrant imagery. Each photographic series gives just a glimpse of the…

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October 2014


19 October, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 30 November, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

“THE EVER LASTING NOW” is a documentary project, which aims to capture the beauty of a slowly disappearing heritage. While conveying the appearance of neglect, the message is one of hope, that despite the dilapidation, there is still beauty in abundance that needs care and looking after. ‘The Everlasting Now’ seeks to provoke questions such as ‘what happened to this heritage?’ ‘Why has it been neglected for so long?’ but most importantly, ‘what can be done to preserve it?’ The…

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December 2014


21 December, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 22 February, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

The first exhibition in the Gulf by French-Romanian Artist Stefan Ramniceanu The ShaikhEbrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research is delighted to be presenting “Dialogues” — the first Gulf exhibition of French-Romanian artist Stefan Ramniceanu (b. 1954). The exhibition will bear witness to the importance of Ramniceanu’s work, in particular to his profoundly symbolic content and tireless questioning of the concepts of memory and identity, apparent in his work throughout his aesthetical researches and treatments. The route…

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March 2015


8 March, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 26 April, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

The Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research is pleased to present the exhibition Global Warming, by Saudi artist Faisal Samra. After Samra’s very recent exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery in London, Dubai and Jeddah, this is the first exhibition by the artist in Bahrain since 2010. Long considered a leading Arab artist and pioneer of conceptual art in the Middle East, Faisal Samra’s oeuvre spans painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. Always one to break with…

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October 2015


8 October, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 15 November, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

TRANSPARENCIES II Transparencies II is an exhibition presented by Wijdan to her Bahraini audience. The artist has recently explored the topic of love, which was the major and foremost concept of a number of exhibitions she had in Spain, Italy and Jordan. Her compositions and sculptures made of Italian Murano glass, show the distinct varieties and shifts of her career, where we see her moving confidently from one phase to another, within a clear artistic vision based on the mystical…

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December 2015


6 December, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 30 January, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

interest in calligraphy, Al Sayegh seeks to liberate Arabic letters from the restrictions imposed by language and meaning. The artist instead focuses on the purely aesthetic properties of the written word in order to create a universal visual language. Often uniting ornamentation with calligraphic script, Al Sayegh has developed a distinctive practice. Through the formal elements of line and space, the artist abstracts Arabic letters and words into dynamic geometric compositions, which often cover the entire surface of the artwork.…

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February 2016

Waheeda Malullah’s Little Voice

28 February, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 7 April, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Waheeda Malullah’s installations, videos and photographs have been a stalwart of the Bahraini art scene over the years. We have had the pleasure to see her art works through exhibitions at Al Riwaq Art Space and the Annual Fine Art Exhibitions at the Bahrain National Museum. The exhibition Little Voice at the Bin Matar House in Muharraq, is the first time that Waheeda Malullah’s photography works have been shown in a retrospective format, allowing the audience to discover themes and…

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Little Voice exhibition

28 February, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

New work by artist Waheeda Malullah The exhibition will run until 7 April 2016

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April 2016

Bahrain – A Personal Diary

17 April, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12 May, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

The exhibition is the response to a nation-wide open call to photographers working in the documentary genre.  The theme, Bahrain – A Personal Diary, was intentionally general so that it would be accessible and accommodating the widest possible range of artists.  The number of respondents and the high quality of submissions was impressive – a real indicator of the breadth and depth of photographic talent on the island Kingdom of Bahrain. Out of the large number of submissions, a group…

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May 2016

Spotlight Series: Yaqoob Qassem

22 May, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 21 September, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

For years, the Bahrain National Museum has nurtured a collection of Bahraini art, building up over the years a vast compendium of well over 1,200 artworks. When it first opened its doors in 1988, the museum took over the art collection amassed by the then Ministry of Information. The earliest artwork in the museum’s collection dates to 1960 – by Bahraini painter Ahmed Al Sunni – and the most recent acquisition was made this year. The Bahrain Authority of Culture…

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October 2016

Where Shall We Sit?

16 October, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 26 November, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

“Where Shall We Sit” is a celebration of the artistic spirit through the joyful works of Mohamed Sharkawi. With works on canvas, murals, video and installation, the artist examines the need for respite and belonging in these times of uncertainty. On the exhibition The title of the exhibition references the innate need of human beings to for social but also emotional belonging, especially in times of uncertainty and flux. Referencing his native village in Egypt, Sharkawy recalls a simple and…

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December 2016

15/15, Contemporary Art Meets Cultural Heritage

15 December, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 15 March, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

The Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research, one of the leading cultural centers in Bahrain and the Middle East, has to date saved over twenty traditional Bahraini houses from demolition and decay and turned them into centers dedicated to preserving and celebrating Bahrain’s cultural heritage. Since 2002, over three hundred speakers, poets, musicians and artists have used its venues to present their art and debate issues of the day. In January 2017, the Shaikh Ebrahim…

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April 2017


10 April, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 15 May, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Photography has been many things throughout its lively 180 year old history – a tool for science and exploration, an instrument of documentation, a means of artistic expression, to tell stories and record histories and as a mode of communication and critique in our ever increasingly visual culture. In a time when over 1.8 billion images get uploaded to the internet each day and the speed of their circulation is every increasing, in an age of false news and alternative…

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October 2017


8 October, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1 March, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

The exhibition “SPOTLIGHT SERIES – Nasser Al Yousif” is the first retrospective of the works by Nasser Al Yousif. It follows a chronological format while exploring major themes, iconography and artistic processes. The concept of the SPOTLIGHT SERIES was initiated by the Shaikh Ebrahim Center in 2016 with a small exhibition showcasing four artworks of tremendous power and originality by the Bahraini artist Yaqoob Yousif Qassem. While the driving idea behind the exhibition was to highlight oft forgotten artists of…

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March 2018

Paradise Lost

12 March, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 30 April, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

In first solo exhibition since 2011, Khalil Al Hashimi explores the idea of a lost paradise through sculptures that address man’s relationship with the land and sea and the possibility for redemption. Hours: Saturday-Thursday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm

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May 2018

The Remnants, Moath Al Ofi

6 May, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 31 May, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

For his first solo exhibition, Saudi artist Moath Al Ofi explores the recurring residential, archaeological and social rehabilitation the city of Medina has undergone in the past and is currently still undergoing. Hours: Saturday-Thursday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm

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October 2018

Opening “Al Falaj: Water Systems of the Gulf’s Oasis” Exhibition

4 October, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

4 October – 11 November 2018 An exhibition focusing on unique water management systems prevalent in the Gulf and in particular Bahrain and the UAE. In collaboration with the UAE Embassy in Bahrain and the Office of Public & Cultural Diplomacy Hours: Saturday-Thursday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm

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Opening “Speak, oh bird!” Exhibition

14 October, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

14 October – 20 November 2018 An exhibition highlighting the narratives of Palestinians displaced in 1948 through first hand eye-witness accounts, photographs, audio recordings and personal items. Hours: Saturday-Thursday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm

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OPENING INAASH: “Woven Stories”

23 October, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

23 October – 24 October 2018 In order to preserve Palestinian embroidery heritage and promote Palestinian identity, an exhibition entitled “Woven Stories” will be held at the Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research. The event is organized by the Association for the  Development of Palestinian Camps (INAASH). Established in 1969, INAASH is a Lebanese NGO founded by a group of Lebanese and Palestinian women. Since its inception, it has worked to promote charitable and national goals in various social,…

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November 2018

Opening Material Gesture Exhibition

18 November, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

18 November 2018 – 17 February 2019 For his first solo exhibition in Bahrain, Anne Holtrop will present his latest works developed between 2016 and 2018 based on his ongoing development of Material Gesture, investigating the unique gestures dictated by a particular material as a way of working Hours: Saturday-Thursday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm

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December 2018

Opening “FATE” exhibition

2 December, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2 December – 24 January 2019 “A constant image reappears in my mind. I can almost feel the pressure of the waves beating against these helpless bodies, the angry winds that move people around in the most random manner. Humanity at its most fragile state. This body of work pays tribute to every soul that left us, and everyone who managed to survive. I have no power in changing their fate; I have no power to take away their pain…

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