Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi believes in the power of art, he’s made it his mission to showcase how art can help bring people together, unite them regardless of their identity, religion, nationality or whichever label we are given. Through his foundation, the Barjeel Art Foundation, he has opened up his art collection to all, for people to be inspired by art, and in turn breath out inspiration and hopefully empathy towards humanity. In this interview, Sultan discusses his first discoveries of art and how technology and social media have paved the way to give artists a platform. Read more »
Arts & Culture
At a recent panel discussion in Dubai celebrating the eight-year anniversary of the foundation, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi noted how few people can recognise even iconic works of modern Arab art history. This press feature in the National discusses the importance of Al Qassemi’s project, Barjeel Art Foundation, in raising awareness about modern Arab art. Read more »
In 1976, the UAE helped art enthusiast Ahmad Paul Keeler stage one of the biggest artistic events in the world — one that marked a seismic shift in the understanding of Islamic arts in Britain and beyond. Read more »
Within its walls the best of Emirati minds interact with each other and with the best of global minds, making it a factory of the future.
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In this opinion piece, Sultan argues for tax exemptions to be given to UAE based corporations that contribute to the country’s cultural and academic growth and development. Read more »
In this article, Sultan stresses the importance of Middle Eastern presence in American cultural institutions. He adds that the display of works by Middle Eastern artists can only happen through the continuous presence of prominent art advocates from the Middle East on decision making boards at these institutions. Read more »