Aref El Rayess Exhibition

Location : Sharjah Art Museum Date:27 February 2022 - 07 August 2022
This major retrospective presents a largely unknown body of work created by the prolific Lebanese artist Aref El Rayess (1928–2005). The exhibition will include a wide range of paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculptures and tapestries that together reveal the rich and complex artistic practice of this important Arab modernist.

The presentation follows a rough chronology, exploring several key moments in the development of his work: the years of training spent between Lebanon, Senegal and Paris; the abstract materialist works produced in Italy; the overtly political paintings inspired by the Algerian War of Independence; the liberation struggles of the ‘Third World’ and of African-Americans as well as the Lebanese War; and the Deserts painted during his stay in Saudi Arabia.

Organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and Sharjah Art Museum.

For Enquiries: 065688222


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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