Dubai to host Royal Bridges: Convergence

Posted: 15-Nov-16 10:16

Later this month, the Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre will host Royal Bridges: Convergence, an exhibit featuring the works of royals from around the world. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculpture, textiles, and performances. The event will conclude with a gala dinner and auction by Christie’s, the proceeds of which will go to the World Food Programme.

Dubai to host Royal Bridges: Convergence

The Dubai International Financial Centre will host Royal Bridges: Convergence, an exhibit of artwork by royalty. Although royals have are not new to the world of art, this is the first exhibit of its kind, in which all of the featured artists are royals.

In keeping with its image as one of the world’s most innovative and creative cities, Dubai is set to host the first exhibition, starting on November 29 with a gala auction by Christie’s to be held on November 30. Proceeds from the auction will go to the World Food Programme.

Royals and princely houses from around the world will be represented in the exhibition. Among the artists to be included in Convergence are: HE Sheikh Dr Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani of Qatar, who is a major collector as well as an artist; HRH Princess Reem al Faisal, an acclaimed photographer and daughter of a Saudi business magnate; Princess Sophie of Romania, also a well-respected photographer, will also have work on display. Lelli de Orleans e Braganca, of Brazil’s former royal family and Prince Rotislav Rotislavovich, a Romanov descendant, will also have their works displayed.

The exhibition will include paintings, sculpture, textiles, as well as performances.

Royal Bridges is more than simply an exhibit, however. It is an artistic movement founded by one of Bahrain’s most respected artists, Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa al Khalifa and Diplomat Magazine’s Baron Henri Estramont. In addition to giving royal artists a wider audience, the movement hopes to link the Middle East with the rest of the world.

In addition to the works on display, the gala dinner and auction will also feature performances by the Royal Drummers of Burundi and the Royal Cambodian Court Ballet.

The event is sponsored by ArtBahrain, which was founded in 2010 by Sheikh Rashid and several partners. ArtBahrain was created to give a platform to Bahraini artists and establish connections between artists in Bahrain and the rest of the world. Each year in October, ArtBahrain holds an international art fair, which brings together artists, collectors, and gallery owners from around the world.  


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