Sharjah Art Museum during the 2011 Biennial. Photo NeilvdL.

The Sharjah Art Museum was inaugurated during the 3rd Sharjah Biennial in April 1997. This museum is one of the main landmarks, with a total area of over 100,000 square meters divided over two floors and 68 halls.

It has a library and facilities for audio-visual reproduction.

The museum includes eight sets of collections donated by the ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi.

Most of these works are from European Orientalists who painted the Arab world.

Of particular interest for Sharjah is a set of lithographs depicting the Qasimi resistance of the British occupation forces and their fleet in Ras Al Khaimah.

The temporary exhibitions in the central part of the museum mostly cover well-known conventional visual artists of the Arab world.

During the Sharjah Biennial, the museum becomes part in the total number of the Biennial’s exhibition grounds.


Written by: Neil Last modified: 19th Nov 2012