Author: Dorian Batycka

Encounters In-Situ | Tino Sehgal at Foundation Beyeler

From May until November, the artist Tino Sehgal will be presenting a series of six artworks, what he calls “constructed situations,” at the Foundation Beyeler in the picturesque Swiss city of Basel. The starting point for the exhibition is a work acquired by the institution in 2015 entitled This You (2006), the only one of […]

A Century of Kuwaiti Creativity

Kuwait’s little-known Modern Art Museum showcases a unique, albeit neglected, collection Located in the Sharq district of Kuwait, a short distance from Arabian Gulf Road, the Modern Art Museum of Kuwait is dedicated to exhibiting and preserving the work of the country’s pioneering figures in the art of the last century. The humble museum, which […]

Dorian Batycka in Conversation with Folakunle Oshun, Artistic Director 1st Lagos Biennial

Dorian Batycka (DB): How did the 1st Lagos Biennial come into being? Why now? Folakunle Oshun (FO): Lagos is home to a huge amount of talent, and also a breeding ground for creatives who eventually take to the international art scene. The concept of a biennial has always been a hot and controversial topic in […]

History and Vision in Doha

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, founded in 2010, is located in a magnificently renovated former school building in Education City in Doha. In possession of over 9000 individual art-works, the museum is one of the most specialised of its kind, holding a consortium of im-portant pieces from the vast collection of Sheikh Hassan bin […]

Documenta 14 | Kassel

Documenta 14 Arrives in Kassel Amidst Speculation Over Its Indented Aims and Outcomes Kassel—As the centerpiece of Germany’s largest contemporary art exhibition, the city of Kassel this year brings together work by 160 artists from more than 50 countries, including a number of works by “artists who went through rather concrete experiences of displacement,” documenta […]

Art Basel Review

Art Basel Spurs Sales Amidst “Volatile Times,” says Global Director Basel—“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” wrote Charles Dickens in 1859, underlying the class antagonisms that had come to define his era, an era defined by sharp divisions between the rich and the poor. According to a recent report […]

Controversy Erupts Over Documenta 14’s Arrival to Athens

Documenta is one of the largest and most eminent exhibitions of international contemporary art that since 1955 has taken place in Kassel, Germany, this year translocated to Athens, Greece, in a move that has been criticized by some and praised by others. Entitled Learning from Athens, Documenta 14 opened on April 6th, 2017, and will […]

Thaier Helal’s Perceptive Fields of Vision and Nature at Ayyam Gallery

In Landmarks II, the latest solo exhibition by Sharjah-based artist Thaier Helal a new series of works are shown at Ayyam Gallery’s DIFC location. These new works take as a point of depar-ture his earlier Mountain and River Series, continuing the artist’s interest in the natural envi-ronment. The colorful works use swathes of mostly blue […]

Safwan Dahoul Explores Desire and the Subconscious Mind at Ayyam Gallery

One of the most well known and revered poets of the Arab world, Nizar Qabbani, once wrote that “days will pass, you’ll abandon things you were addicted to, leave someone, cancel a dream, and finally, accept reality.” Qabbani’s insightful words offer timeless advice to lustful dreamers awakened to the subconscious. In believing it was only […]

Kamal Boullata’s Latest Exhibition at Meem Gallery Begs to Be Understood Metaphorically

In Meem Gallery’s latest solo-exhibition of Berlin-based Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata, recent watercolors are displayed alongside older workers from the artists’ oeuvre. Born in 1942, Boullata gained cultural currency all across the Arab world for creating works that fuse Arabic words, calligraphy and struggles for Palestinian recognition and identity. As a Fulbright Scholar in the […]