Cultural Village Foundation – Katara recently inaugurated the ‘Contemporary Arabesque’ exhibition by artist Ali Ghaddaf. The inauguration was led by Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti at the Katara Art Center. 

Contemporary ArabesqueThe exhibition presents 16 large-scale paintings, showcasing Arabic heritage and contemporary art. The canvasses combines East and West, through which the artist highlighted his ceaseless connection with identity and land, and its great influence on his work. Despite 40 years spent outside the borders of the Arab world, he is still haunted by the spirit of the East, moving his brush with strong nostalgia to recover the warmth of sand and shine of Arabic crafts.

Dr Al Sulaiti said the exhibition offers a rich artistic experience, not only in terms of its visual dimension but also because of its human aspect.

Katara Art Center always presents distinctive and rich artistic and human artistic experiences, which reinforces the orientation of Katara activities and exhibitions – to build bridges of communication between cultures and peoples.’

Ozan Ghaddaf, the manager of the artist said Ghaddaf presents contemporary abstract works inspired by Arab architectural heritage and contemporary art. He said that the artworks expressed this mix through the overlap between colour and the use of different materials.

The exhibition, Contemporary Arabesque will run until 30 September at Building 5. Visit for more information about ongoing exhibitions at Katara Cultural Village.