Posted on June 03, 2013

Continuing its mission to share its collection with the public, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art opens an exhibition entitled Selections from the Collection on June 1. The exhibition covers three galleries on the ground floor of the museum located near Education City.

Drawn from the permanent collection, the artworks in this exhibition highlight the artists’ use of visual elements such as form, color and line to create predominantly non-figurative compositions. Works by artists such as Mohamed Melehi, Ali Hassan and Ahmed Nawar that have been on display in previous Mathaf exhibitions are shown alongside newly featured artists and artworks. Selections from the Collection runs until August 31.

To provide visitors the opportunity to view works from Mathaf’s collection through multiple perspectives, the current exhibition Forever Now: Five Anecdotes from the Permanent Collection is extended until October 6 in the first floor galleries. The exhibition posits a new understanding of five diverse modern Arab artists: Fahrelnissa Zeid, Jewad Selim, Saliba Al-Doueihy, Salim Al-Dabbagh and Ahmed Cherkaoui. Forever Now examines these artists’ interactions with their immediate environments, histories, and cultures. The extended show also features additional works by Ahmed Cherkaoui. Forever Now: Five Anecdotes from the Permanent Collection runs until October 6.

Mathaf envisions Forever Now and Selections from the Collection as platforms for research about Arab artists and artworks, as well as the context of their production. These two exhibitions provide an insightful look into the diversity of works that are owned by the museum, ranging from paintings and works on paper to mixed media and sculptures.

Admission to these exhibitions is free of charge. For more information, visit

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