Author: Zoltan Somhegyi

The Art of Home

Home Ground, a collective exhibition at the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, explores belonging and exile Sharjah What is our understanding of home, and how do we imagine this concept? How stable can this physical territory, emotional attachment and intellectual construction be? And how flexible is our interpretation of home and belonging, especially today, when the […]

Concrete Concepts

do it, an interactive collective exhibition at the Sharjah Art Foundation, plays with the idea of concept versus execution when it comes to creating contemporary art Sharjah “1: Collect some dust. 2: Pour the dust over your work desk. 3: Outsource.” These words, written on the wall, constitute one of the exhibited items created by […]

Weakening Walls

Sharjah A new show at Sharjah’s Barjeel Art Foundation explores the nature of walls and borders, both physical and metaphorical Walls, fences, borders and margins are a basic part of our day-to-day experiences. We spend our lives among walls — we live, work and spend most of our leisure time inside closed buildings, with only limited time […]

Boundless Budapest

Budapest In October the Art Market Budapest International Contemporary Art Fair highlighted local and regional production while drawing in galleries, collectors, curators and visitors from around the world Unlike the industrial halls or mega-tents that serve as the venues for art fairs all around the world, Art Market Budapest International Contemporary Art Fair is regularly […]

Meeting Point

Dubai We can find various references in the title of the exhibition (Meeting Point), where five artists from Baku are showing their works in Cuadro Gallery, Dubai. Most obviously, a group exhibition is always a meeting point and an inspiring experimental “melting pot” to bring together artworks made through different approaches and styles. Then of […]

Hazem Harb, 2015

When Now Meets Then

  Dubai Palestinian artist Hazem Harb’s exhibition at Salsali Private Museum in Dubai explored landscapes and dichotomies How to create using only oppositions? And how to employ dichotomies to analyse certain modern phenomena that are already paradoxical, themselves full of dichotomies? These and further questions were examined in Palestinian artist Hazem Harb’s solo exhibition, The Invisible Landscape and […]

Kadhim Hayder The Martyr’s Epic 1965 oil on canvas 91 × 127 cm Collection of Barjeel Art Foundation

In Conversation with Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, a respected commentator on Arab affairs, is also the founder of the Sharjah-based Barjeel Art Foundation, an organisation that seeks to promote art from across the Arab world   Zoltán Somhegyi: The Barjeel Art Foundation  has a really significant and extensive collection of contemporary art from the MENASA region — extensive […]

d3 master plan

An Eye on Design

Dubai Design District will provide an ecosystem for global design and creative minds.  Zoltán Somhegyi talks to Dr Amina Al Rustamani, group CEO of TECOM Investments, about the bold new development   Zoltán Somhegyi: Dubai Design District is a much awaited development in the city. According to the website of d3: “The District is an unprecedented combination of form and […]