Lasting Impressions: Baya Mahieddine exhibition

Location : Sharjah Art Museum Date:25 February 2021 - 31 July 2021
Lasting Impressions is back for its 11th edition, organized by Sharjah Museums Authority at Sharjah Art Museum. This year will be a survey show for one of Algeria’s most prolific artists Baya Mahieddine, who has left a lasting impression on the development and evolution of modern art in the Arab world. Visit the museum to enjoy this experience with over 70 works on display.


Born in 1931 in Algeria, Baya was orphaned at age five and adopted later by a French couple who saw the artistic potential and her talent. Considered as one of the most famous Algerian woman artist, she was completely self-taught and had a profound influence on North African post-colonial art movements during the mid-twentieth century and beyond. 

She is among the most important and influential artists in Algerian modern art, and was often associated with the Surrealist movement. Baya took her inspiration primarily from her homeland where she died in 1998. Her dreamlike quality work, rich in symbols and ornamentation have carefully contributed in constructing a distinct visual depiction influenced by her Algerian cultural heritage. 

Using bold lines, along with bright colours and playful imagery, she was drawn to art as an adolescent by observing what she lived with and saw all around her, a mix of Arab and Berber cultures. She was highly valued by many of the leading figures of the Parisian avant-garde such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and the father of Surrealism, AndrĂ© Breton. 

With around 70 original works from different periods, with generous loans from various institutions and private lenders, this exhibition aims to reflect a deep and emotional view into her life


Location :
The museum is located in the Arts Area, Al- Shuwaihiyeen, near Al-Corniche post office - Heart of Sharjah.
Opening Hours :
Saturday to Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening Hours in Ramadan:
Saturday to Thursday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday: Closed

Visitors Health & Safety Measures During Covid-19

The museum is closed during the following days:
  • 29th & 30th of Ramadan (Islamic calendar).
  • First day of Eid Al-Fitr (Islamic calendar).
  • 9th of Dhul Hijjah (Islamic calendar).
  • First day of Eid Al Adha (Islamic calendar).

Entry Fees to the museum : Free
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