Sharjah Art Museum

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Sharjah Art Museum
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Honolulu, HI7,108 contributions
My first stop in Sharjah
Nov 2021 • Solo
I came to Sharjah for a few days to see and learn a little bit (maybe very little) of traditional Islamic and Arabic culture after a deluge of Dubai modernity and hedonism, and Abu Dhabi extragance and excess. I started my adventure at this great - not that large not too small - art museum. I think this is a very special museum in a very special part of Sharjah.

There are quite a few museums and attractions in this older, central area of the city. I must say though I found it to be quite quiet and lacking energy, or maybe it was some sort of off-vibe I was feeling. We are all trying to find our way in this still young Covid era, and that's probably what is going on around here. Tourists haven't come back yet.. So what to say about what I saw at the Art Museum?

You know I'm not some kind of major art critic (or a minor one for that matter) who can speak intelligently about the different aspects of art such as line, space, form, etc. - I'd be plagiarizing something I read if I did. I can tell you my feelings about my visit though. One thing I felt was lucky and honored to have met and been assisted by Maythaa, a museum staff member (guide?).

As I was moving between around the museum, it was nice chatting with Maythaa. Actually she first helped me understand some Arabic language (مفترس/farasa?muftaris?) that concerned some artwork I saw at exhibition elsewhere. That's a whole nother story though. Because of her presence, I felt like I didn't come to this museum alone (which I actually did).

Here I was introduced to an artist named David Roberts. He was a 19th century illustrator from Scotland who came to the Middle East and sketched a large body of work that became series of lithographs. Many of them are displayed on a whole wing of the first floor. All are of a similar landscape style. The works displayed here are not really my cup of tea though so to speak. Since photography had not yet come to fruition during that time period, what was most important about art back then was to capture images as they truly existed, not with any kind of artistic interpretation. I see Robert's role in these works as being more like a documentarian rather than an artist.

The second floor held two exhibits of what I feel would be considered more artistic. One wing was the museum's permanent exhibit on modern and contemporary Arab art. The other has an exhibition from an outside museum group where I really lost my focus and trend of thought and didn't see much of. I really enjoyed that first permanent however.

The range of artists and their works are too varied in scope and style for me comment on. It would take much too long for me to write about it, and I've spent more time than is appropriate on this review already. I'll just tell you I was really happy roaming around these works. I pretty much was alone had the whole wing to myself. I actually sang a little out loud which is quite odd for me to write down for you to read. You know there was this one little boy and his mother here for a short period of time as well. His excitement being here was infectious, and I enjoyed seeing and hearing him run around as well as his mother's gentle way of teaching him about what they were seeing. This was music too.

In that second exhibition from the outside museum group, there was a large group of university age students just starting a tour. I decided to go to the end of the wing so I wouldn't disturb or be disturbed by them. As I started looking at some of the art is when I noticed there was a security guard watching me. As I moved along the wing from room to room, he followed me always standing nearby. As you can imagine, this made me feel very uncomfortable - so uncomfortable that that I left and saw less than a quarter of the exhibit. I went back downstairs and sat at the snackbar and had some water. I told Maythaa about this, and she mentioned that other guests there have had similar experiences as well.

Like I mentioned before, it was really wonderful meeting Maythaa. She was very caring and helpful for me as a guest. She is communicative and well informed about the museum and its art. I was glad to meet her for other reasons than my visit to the museum as well.

I find it odd that came to another country and hardly met any of the people actually from that country. The only people I've really been with here in the UAE are expatriates. Don't get me wrong, most everyone is great and I enjoy speaking with them, but it would be nice to get to know people who are from here as well. I'm glad I got this opportunity with Maytha. Although we come from different cultures that at times seem to be at odds with each other, I'm learning how similar we really are and that the differences we do have, such as the way we dress or what we eat, are superficial, and the interactions we have are what counts.
Written November 7, 2021
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Melanie S
Washington DC, DC185 contributions
Refreshing collection of incredibly talented artists
Aug 2021
I was absolutely blown away by the collection housed in the Sharjah Art Museum. The diversity, sheer talent, and artistry of the collection - particularly of artists from across the region - were absolutely stupendous. I was rendered speechless by a lot of the works. It was an unplanned trip and I'm so glad we made it. Didn't hurt that the museum is free too! Definitely a hidden gem of the UAE.
Written August 12, 2021
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London, UK290 contributions
Small but impressive art gallery
Jun 2021
A simple walk-through gallery on two floors to enjoy the artwork of people from this region and abroad.

It is not a very big museum but whatever it contains, it is displayed well.

There are both paintings and creative arts there.

AED 10 for entry opens 8 to 8 Fri closed
Written June 19, 2021
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Hans K
Zurich, Switzerland143 contributions
Excellent overview over modern and contemporary arab art
Feb 2020
The museum has several exhibitions. Most interesting one is the museum collection with works from many arab countries since second half of the 20th century which is mainly a testimony of the evolution of visual art in the region and also shows how the western styles influenced the regional artists. A small corner of the museum contains "The light of the Orient" which is a collection of Orientalist art of the 19th century owned by HH the Ruler of Sharjah and mainly shows an European view on regional subjects. The exhibitions are very well documented so take your time.
Written February 12, 2020
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Belgium1,826 contributions
Mixed feeling
Dec 2018
In this museum which is quite large there are few interesting things.
But this maybe depends on your taste. If you like modern art it's a good museum for you.
Written November 12, 2019
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,968 contributions
Large and interesting museum dedicated to Arts in Sharjah
Sep 2019
The Sharjah Art Museum is the centerpiece of the Arts Area in Sharjah. Located in a large building, this museum is extremely spacious and has a good collection of art, both in its permanent gallery as well as from the temporary exhibitions. The museum is so large that, it can hold many exhibitions simultaneously.

Entrance to the museum is free and one needs to deposit their belongings in lockers near the reception. Galleries are well-spread out. The museum has many wings, each hosting a different exhibition. From local artists to international collections of note, this has something of all.

From paintings to sculptures and artworks, there is a lot to see and admire here. One can easily spend 2-3 hours just taking in all the collections this museum has to offer. To get here, one must closely follow directions as per Google Maps, as the building is in a rather busy area and not that easy to find. While here, one can also check out the art collections at the Bait Al Serkal next door.
Written November 9, 2019
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates3 contributions
well organized in a manner to tour instead of just a visit.....
Sep 2019
The people around who assist to be well appreciated .....maintaining such collections are a big challenge and well done ....
Written October 3, 2019
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates20 contributions
Free museum
Jul 2019 • Family
I bring my kids every now and then to the sharjah art museum. For the amount of zero dirhams, you get to enjoy different kinds of art. It is especially lovely to go there early in the morning during winter. It is peaceful. Sometimes you will find someone painting beautiful art on the walls of the heritage area outside. It is great place to expand the mind and soul. Great destination for homeschoolers
Written July 28, 2019
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Beirut, Lebanon46 contributions
Worth a visiti, if you're in Sharjah!
Apr 2019 • Business
Modern and Contemporary art museum has selections from Arab artists, and, when I went, they were partly exhibiting for the Sharjah Biennial 14 which includes international artists as well.
Exciting place !
Written April 24, 2019
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Mimi M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates54 contributions
Once a month at least.......
Feb 2019 • Couples
........I do my art visit to Sharjah. This is a wonderful well curated Museum that art lovers cannot miss.
Written March 22, 2019
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