• Abu Dhabi Art

    Abu Dhabi Art

    Hassan sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Vikram Divecha 17 - 21 Nov 2021

    Manarat Al Saadiyat
    Preview: 16 November | 17 - 21 November, 2021


    For Abu Dhabi Art, we present works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Vikram Divecha exploring gridded arrangements and disturbance. Hassan Sharif's hand marking process involves a carefully choreographed and precise sequence of actions. With his seminal technique of scratching, Mohammed Kazem depicts the Sound of Crossing and the Sound of Folding, capturing what typically doesn't exist. Vikram Divecha's new series of paper collages entitled Improvisations riff off the decorative tiles found in UAE underpasses.


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  • Paris Photo

    Paris Photo

    Latif Al Ani 11 - 14 Nov 2021

    Grand Palais Éphémère
    Preview: 9 - 10 November | 11 - 14 November, 2021


    Our solo booth will showcase the invaluable archive created by Latif Al Ani of a shifting socio-political, economic and cultural landscape in Iraq during the late 50s and early 70s. His work interrogates the complex relationship between past and present, activating a transmission process from older to younger generations, revealing a past and visual imagery largely unknown to Iraqis themselves.

    He was the first photographer to shoot aerial views of Iraq’s archeological sites and its capital city of Baghdad. On the side, he developed a singular aesthetic language that challenged the social and documentary photography canons of that time. He looked for beauty and the uncanny in the portraits of ‘his own people', historical monuments, street scenes and imposing landscapes.


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  • Artissima


    Hoda Tawakol and Raed Yassin 5 - 7 Nov 2021

    OVAL Lingotto Fiere, Turin
    Preview: 4 November | 5 - 7 November, 2021


    As part of our participation in the DIALOGUE section of Artissima 2021, we have orchestrated a dialogue of works by Raed Yassin and Hoda Tawakol.

    Channeling the uncanny, both artists evoke absence and latency, surrender and control. Vanished families in flea-market-sourced snapshots peer out from behind monochrome paint shrouds in Yassin’s photographic works. Their stiff, static poses contrast with Tawakol’s teeming Jungle works—sites of eerie, ambivalent entanglements—while in her Nude with Eyes watercolours, a female body covered with eyes raises questions the gaze, the potency of seeing/being seen. 


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  • Art Basel OVR: Portal

    Art Basel OVR: Portal

    Latif Al Ani 16 - 19 Jun 2021 Online https://artbasel.com/

    Curated by Magali Arriola, Christina Li and Larry Ossei-Mensah


    We are pleased to participate in Art Basel OVR: Portals. This first curator-led edition of Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms focuses on artistic practices that interrogate the parameters that have shaped our contemporary condition, both through current and historical lenses. the OVR will feature seminal practice of Iraqi photographer Latif Al Ani with works from 1950 to the late 1960s that showcases two disconnected realities — one denoted, one implied. It is impossible to consider historical representations of Iraq without succumbing to contamination by the scars of conflict inflecting recent imagery. Al Ani’s practice exhibits a compelling tension between the nation’s modernist urge, an enduring archaeological legacy, and the people who inhabited a now-intriguing everyday. Yet these works are consistently countered by our contemporary conditioning to reduce and pigeonhole, to oversimplify and club into one stereotypical plot. This tension, in turn, makes the works doubly strong: they at once excavate and confront. 


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  • Art InTouch

    Art InTouch

    Hesam Rahmanian 28 May - 28 Aug 2021 Online

    We are delighted to join the 6th edition of IN TOUCH, an online digital platform created in partnership between galleries to present curated exhibitions with a solo presentation of collages and assemblages by Dubai-based artist Hesam Rahmanian.

    At first glance, the raw materials of Rahmanian’s works in Absent Minded Geometry are the found fragments of his daily life. A hardened smear of acrylic paint, pages from a discarded magazine, a forgotten tangle of stainless-steel pot cleaners, weary sunglasses. Rahmanian summons this unremarkable flotsam and jetsam of the domestic everyday, coaxing them from hidden corners and the recesses of memory. Absent Minded Geometry is a veritable portrait gallery, raising questions not only about the inner life of things, but also the passage of time in our relation to them.


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  • Art Dubai

    Art Dubai

    29 Mar - 3 Apr 2021 Gate Avenue, DIFC B8

    Booth: B8
    Gate Avenue, DIFC, Dubai

    29 March - 3 April 2021

    Preview: 19 November 2019We are pleased to participate in this year’s edition of Art Dubai, featuring works by LATIF AL ANI, ABDELKADER BENCHAMMA, VIKRAM DIVECHA, MOHAMMED KAZEM, HASSAN SHARIF, HODA TAWAKOL, and by the collective RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH and HESAM RAHMANIAN.


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  • Art In Touch

    Art In Touch

    Iraqi Letters: Photographs 1950-1970 16 Dec 2020 - 31 Mar 2021

    Online Platform


    In Touch Edition 5 Gallerists Live that took place on Wednesday 16th December 2020

    12 gallerists from participating galleries across India and Dubai delivered a presentation on the online viewing rooms sharing details of the artists, artworks and also taking in questions from attendees. This one-hour online chat allowed collectors, curators and art lovers to view the works on display with an in-depth explanation and tour of each gallery’s unique online exhibition. Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde curated a solo presentation for Iraqi Photographer Latif Al Ani: Al Anis practice from the late 1950s to 1970s documented a broad sweep of Iraqi daily life, capturing a vanished pageant of Iraqi society. His work is a trove of ‘golden age’ documentary memory—from impromptu quotidian moments to glimpses of infrastructural might.


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    5 Nov - 9 Dec 2020

    Frenetic Standstill

    Digital catalogue


    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is pleased to announce participation in the digital initiatives of Artissima Unplugged with a selection of works by Hassan Sharif, the collective of Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Hoda Tawakol, and Raed Yassin.

    Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, the overarching theme, Frenetic Standstill, prompts reflection on the concept of acceleration as opposed to inertia, and speaks to the increasing urgency to change our paradigms in response to present crises.

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    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Dubai-based collective Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian featuring an on-going series of works on paper entitled Where To? Wherever it Chances. Probing a world rocked by upheaval and instability, the artists appropriate images from current media streams, destabilising them to uncanny ends. 


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    19 - 26 May 2020 https://www.notcancelled.art/

    Online platform



    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is pleased to participate in not cancelled: Dubai, a digital art week with a scheduled program of live events and resources to support the artists' voices and to break and/or sustain the rhythm of the presentations. 


    We thank Vikram Divecha (b.1977, Beirut) and :mentalKLINIK composed of Yasemin Baydar (b.1972, Istanbul) and Birol Demir (b.1967, Ankara), who have reshuffled the deck from New York and Brussels, where they are based, and for embracing these complex times in which we live. 


    Other participating galleries and artists:

    Carbon 12: Amir Khojasteh (b.1988, Iran) and Monika Grabuschnigg (b.1987, Austria)
    Green Art Gallery: Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck (b.1972, lives and works in Berlin)
    Grey Noise: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros (b.1981, Lebanon) and Stéphanie Saadé (b.1983, Lebanon) Lawrie Shabibi: Shahpour Pouyan (b.1979, Iran) and Ishmael Randall Weeks (b.1976, Perù)
    The Third Line: Sara Naim (b.1987, London) and Tarek Al-Ghoussein (b.1962, Kuwait) 



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  • Art Dubai

    Art Dubai

    24 - 28 Mar 2020

    As we comply with the orders of social distancing in public spaces, we call upon the vastness of social media and the virtual sphere. In light of this, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is pleased to bring to you a selection of works displayed in our virtual booth on the Art Dubai 2020 Online Catalogue. 

    While no experience surpasses that of being in the vivid physical realm, we think our artists and works on view will shine through screens and speak for themselves. 

    Here, you will be able to see a rich roster of works from our artists, including Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, Manal AlDowayan, Hoda Tawakol, :mentalKLINIK, Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem, Haleh Redjaian and Latif Al Ani.

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    30 Jan - 2 Feb 2020

    Booth C44
    Palexpo, Geneva

    Preview: Wednesday, 29 January
    30 January - 2 February 


    We are pleased to announce our participation in the upcoming edition of Art Genéve, with works by HASSAN SHARIF, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, :mentalKLINIK and MOHAMMED KAZEM.

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    21 - 23 Nov 2019

    Booth: Light Blue, 12
    Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi 

    21 - 23 November 2019
    Preview: 19 November 2019


    We are pleased to announce our participation in Art Abu Dhabi 2019 with a solo presentation by French-Algerian artist Abdelkader Benchamma in the section, Focus: Drawing, Tracing, Mapping, curated by Omar Kholeif.

    Inspired by literature, philosophy, astrophysics and esoteric reflections, Benchamma’s works delves into supernatural apparitions, mythologies, and cosmic observations conjuring otherworldly landscapes and subconscious visions.

    In a series of large ink drawings the artist continues his Book of Miracles based on images found on the internet, depicting real or fake photo-shopped miracles as mysterious writings seen to appear in the trees and shrubbery while COSMA-Eyes, 2019 (above), is inspired by marbles covering the interior of a Mosque in Damas which are said to produce hallucinations or enhance spiritual experiences.


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    30 Oct - 3 Nov 2019

    Booth: Light Blue, 12
    Oval Lingotto Fiere, Turin

    1 - 3 November 2019
    Preview: 30 October 2019


    For Artissima 2019, we will present a selection of artists from the gallery programme including Hassan Sharif, Hoda Tawakol, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.


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    11 - 16 Jun 2019

    Booth: T10 
    Messe Basel Messeplatz 10, 4005 Basel, Switzerland


    11 - 16 June 2019 


    We are delighted to announce that we will be participating at Art Basel | Feature with a dedicated solo presentation with the pioneering Hassan Sharif (1951 - 2016) whose influence and enduring legacy remains as potent as ever. On display will be a selection of important works across a broad span of his multivalent practice encompassing his Objects, Semi-Systems, works on paper and paintings. 

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    10 - 16 Jun 2019

    Bäumleingasse 18, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

    10 - 16 June 2019 
    Preview: Monday 10 June from 1pm to 4pm 


    Coinciding with Art Basel and in collaboration with Alexander Gray Associates, New York and gb agency, Paris, we are also pleased to share that Hassan Sharif will participate in Art Basel | Parcours in which his monumental Copper No. 32, 2015 will be exhibited in an old antiquarian book dealership known as Erasmushaus within central Basel, combining location and artwork, manifesting as an emblematic expression of the artist’s interrogation of materiality, absurdist experimentation and his affinity towards language and the written word.

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  • Art Brussels

    Art Brussels

    25 - 28 Apr 2019

    Booth: C37
    Tour & Taxis
    Avenue du Port 86c
    1000 Brussels, Belgium

    25 - 28 April 2019
    Preview: Thursday 25 April from 5.00 to 10.00 pm

    We are pleased to participate in the upcoming edition of Art Brussels, with works by :mentalKLINIK, Mohammed Kazem, Haleh Redjaian, Hassan Sharif, and Hoda Tawakol.

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    8 Apr - 8 Jun 2019

    Booth: 7
    Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi 

    8 April - 8 June 2019
    Opening Reception: Monday 8 April from 6.00 to 8.00 pm

    We are pleased to participate at Galleries at MAS, an external collective exhibition platform, featuring works by Mohammed Kazem, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, and Nargess Hashemi. The opening night will coincide with the first day of the Culture Summit – Abu Dhabi which is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism.

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  • Art Dubai

    Art Dubai

    20 - 23 Mar 2019

    Booth: E3
    Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai 

    20 - 23 March 2019 
    Preview: Tuesday, 19 March 

    We are pleased to participate at Art Dubai, featuring works by :mentalKLINIK, Vikram Divecha, Mohammed Kazem, Hassan Sharif, Hoda Tawakol, and collective works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian.

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  • Art Genève

    Art Genève

    31 Jan - 3 Feb 2019

    Palexpo, Geneva

    31 January - 3 February 2019 | Preview: 30 January

    We are pleased to participate at this year’s edition of art genève 2019, with a dedicated feature to the pioneering conceptual artist Hassan Sharif (1951 – 2016) and Dubai-based artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. Our presentation will include an array of paintings, works on paper, objects, sculpture and installation manifesting as a dialogue between the artists whilst providing further scope of their practices, both individually and collectively.

    Additionally, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian have been invited to include their collaborative 'moving painting' animation, Macht Schön, 2016, at a special video section of the fair curated by Samuel Gross entitled Turbulent Horizon.

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  • Abu Dhabi Art

    Abu Dhabi Art

    14 - 17 Nov 2018

    Booth: Focus, A24

    Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi


    We are pleased to participate at this year’s 10th-anniversary edition of Abu Dhabi Art, with a presentation surrounding the conceptual practice of Mohammed Kazem, highlighting recent works in tandem with key photo documentation of his performances since the 1990s. 


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  • Artissima


    2 - 4 Nov 2018

    Booth: Dialogue, Orange 11

    Oval Lingotto Fiere, Turin


    Dedicated to the collective and individual practices of Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, the booth will manifest as an unfolding continuation of their major exhibition forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home at Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), Turin, which recently took place from 12 July till 30 September 2018.


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    2 - 6 May 2018 Randall's Island Park Focus | Booth D10

    We are pleased to participate in Frieze New York with works by Vikram Divecha, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Haleh Redjaian and Hassan Sharif.

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    19 - 22 Apr 2018 Tour & Taxis, Brussels Booth C35

    We are pleased to participate in the 50th edition of Art Brussels with works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and collaborative and individual works by artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.


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  • ART DUBAI 2018

    ART DUBAI 2018

    21 - 24 Mar 2018 Madinat Jumeirah Booth E6, Hall 2 http://www.artdubai.ae/gallery/gallery-isabelle-van-den-eynde-2018/

    Taking Jan Verwoert's essay Why are conceptual artists painting again? Because they think it's a good idea (2005) as a theme for reflection, the booth presents paintings, or better yet, celebrates 'painting'. The essay discusses the current status of painting: does it qualify as 'contemporary art' or should it be rejected as 'irrelevant'? Painting was pronounced a 'royal road' of artistic practice in High Modernism theory. This doctrine was later refuted by conceptual art at the end of the 1960s when every medium represented only one possibility among many, and the only thing that eventually mattered was the idea.


    Verwoert asks how painting, understood in terms of immanent conceptual practice, refers to the market and art institutions. He proposes a cynical position: 'as long as there are enough canvasses to sell, and as long as the buyer perceives the conceptualisation of a painting as just another refinement added to the commodity (one that does not trouble their bucolic conception of art), the market cares not a bit about the way painting has been subtly complicated by way of conceptual self-criticism.' On the other hand, the author argues that conceptual and ephemeral forms of practice, where interdisciplinary and project-based approaches boom at international biennales (and in the absence of material resistance) become trapped in institutional dependency.


    In this context, we are pleased to present works - predominantly or assimilated within the practice of painting, since acrylic or oil is used or imitated - by Abdelkader BenchammaRamin HaerizadehRokni HaerizadehNargess HashemiMohammed KazemHesam RahmanianHaleh Redjaian and Hassan Sharif, who investigate the significance of 'painting' and adopt a multitude of positions by engaging with a practice specific to that medium, and/or to be understood with reference to the conceptual themes it proposes.


    'It is not enough, in order for there to be painting, that the painter take up his brushes again' Damish tells us: it is still necessary that it be worth the effort, 'it is still necessary that [the painter] succeed in demonstrating to us that painting is something that we positively cannot do without, that is it indispensable to us, and that it would be madness - worse still, a historical error - to let it lie fallow today.' 


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  • ART GENÉVE 2018

    ART GENÉVE 2018

    Hassan Sharif and Haleh Redjaian 1 - 4 Feb 2018 Palexpo, Geneva Booth C39 http://www.artgeneve.ch

    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is pleased to participate in Art Genéve 2018 with works by late Emirati artist Hassan Sharif (1951-2016) and German-Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian (born 1971, Frankfurt). The booth will highlight their critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their compositions, allowing for chance and repetition.


    Redjaian's drawings on ready-made or hand-drawn grids as well as her spatial installations that require pulling threads across the surface of the wall sprouts a practice of attentive yet intuitive geometric elaborations. The artist allows irregularities and deviations within order. In doing so, she acknowledges the ever-present and unforeseen surprises that make up our incomprehensible lives, where the grid serves as a metaphor for a transitional life that has irregular narratives and makes you understand this asymmetrical logic. Redjaian's minimal but playful use of pen, ink, gold leaf and thread can take the shape of lithographs, carpets, works on paper, murals and three-dimensional installations.


    On the other hand, Sharif's Semi-Systems are determined by numerical equations whose outcomes are not predetermined. Conceived with arbitrary self-imposed mathematical rules or instructions that are often outlined in accompanying draft papers, the artist embraces rebellions within these frameworks, breaking rules and inverting formulas. "Art is not made to be understood; it is not a train that carries you to a specific destination. We, the audience, have to get out and walk into new spaces," the artist said.


    Having studied art in London in the early 1980s, Sharif was particularly drawn to British Constructivism, and theorist Kenneth Martin's analysis of the movement's 'systemised constructive process governed by chance and order' served more as a catalyst than a path. These ideas have accompanied him throughout his extensive career including the Semi-Systems and also towards the creation of his ObjectsPerformances and Experiments. Art historian Paulina Kolczynska writes, Sharif "wanted to remain at the fringes of the system in order to retain space for the creation of his own constructivist process… it was through his coined description of "semi-systems" that he made an important statement, signaling that he was taking some distance from the original systematic agenda."


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  • ABU DHABI ART 2017

    ABU DHABI ART 2017

    Hassan Sharif 8 - 11 Nov 2017 Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Booth X1-12, Focus: Beyond Territor https://www.abudhabiart.ae

    We are pleased to participate in Abu Dhabi Art in the solo booth section curated by Omar Kholeif with paintings, works on paper and Objects by Hassan Sharif.


    Additionally, works by Vikram DivechaMohammed KazemRamin HaerizadehRokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian will be exhibited in the main atrium of Manarat Al Saadiyat. Kazem presents Kisses (2010-17) in the Gateway section, curated by Maya Allison.


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  • ARTISSIMA 2017

    ARTISSIMA 2017

    Rokni Haerizadeh 3 - 5 Nov 2017 Oval Lingotto Fiere, Turin Booth DS 05, Disegni http://www.artissima.it/

    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde participates in the newly-added Disegni section with a solo booth dedicated to Rokni Haerizadeh's long-term Fictionville series, which has taken many shapes and forms, from paintings, to drawings, to animations. The artist seems intent on unsettling the viewer; his intertwining of the familiar and the bizarre feels calculated to provoke amusement as much as outrage. The booth highlights 14 recent works on paper, where layers of paint and ink subvert and transform the printed image, turning human figures into human-animal hybrids. The background of each image is a news photograph or a still of a news footage, which is then prepared, painted with large washes of colour and drawn over with fine pen-and-ink lines that give the image its new contours. Vividly surreal, the works depict a tragi-comic bestiary of battling, escaping, marching characters and anthropomorphised scenery.   


    Works from Fictionville have been exhibited at several institutions such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg (2013); New Museum, New York (2014); the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston (2016); Guggenheim, New York (2016); Kunsthalle, Zurich (2015) and most recently The Restless Earth (2017) at Milan Triennial in collaboration with Nicola Trussardi Foundation. A monograph of the same name was published by Koenig Books, London in 2014.


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    Hassan Sharif and Haleh Redjaian 5 - 7 May 2017 Randall's Island Park, New York Booth D11, Focus https://frieze.com/fairs/frieze-new-york

    We are pleased to return to the sixth edition of Frieze New York with works by Emirati artist Hassan Sharif and Berlin-based Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian. The booth highlights the artists' critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their composition, allowing for chance and repetition. Both Sharif and Redjaian's works are presented within a more formally and visually similar framework to investigate how this philosophy translates into their three-dimensional objects, hand-woven carpets and works on paper.


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  • ART DUBAI 2017

    ART DUBAI 2017

    14 - 18 Mar 2017 Madinat Jumeirah Booth E6, Hall 2, Art Dubai Contemporary www.artdubai.ae

    We are pleased to participate in the 11th edition of Art Dubai with works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem, Abdelkader Benchamma, Vikram Divecha, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.


    We are also delighted to host Yasmina Reggad and Lana Fahmi's performance IF - THEN GOTO and to announce Atfal Ahdath's visceral installation and banquet


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  • ARTISSIMA 2016

    ARTISSIMA 2016

    Hassan Sharif 4 - 6 Nov 2016 Oval, Lingotto Fiere, Turin Booth Black 12, Main Section

    As a continuation of Involved in Nonsense - a solo presentation dedicated to Hassan Sharif's early practice in Back to the Future at Artissima in 2015 - this year we are pleased to present the artist's recent Objects, which he started creating in the 1980s.


    Always questioning the functional and the useless, the found and the created, Sharif transformed consumer products and waste into complex assemblages and weavings. In his Objects, he raised concerns about consumerism and social order, the human body and the physical evidence of our times. According to the artist, his Objects are the vernacular aesthetics of everything that is 'useless, meaningless and artificial' and illustrate an important truth about the world we live in. Weaving them together with rope, coil and twine, the heaps and bundles that he created became a visualisation of the surplus of mass-production - the commonly unseen by product of the UAE's globalised, consumerist society that developed since the country's formation.


    Hassan Sharif (1951-2016) made a vital contribution to conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East through 40 years of performance, installation, drawing, painting, and assemblage. Prior to leaving the UAE to study in London in 1979, Sharif gained attention for his cartoons published in the UAE press - ironic, outspoken critiques of the rapid industrialisation of the Emirates and political deadlock of 1970s Arab Nationalism. As an artist, he rejected calligraphic abstraction, which was becoming the dominant discourse in the Middle East at that time, and pursued instead a pointedly contemporary vocabulary, drawing on the non-elitism and intermedia of Fluxus and the potential in British Constructionism's systemic processes of making. Sharif graduated from The Byam Shaw School of Art (now part of the Central Saint Martins) in 1984 and returned to the UAE shortly after. He set about staging interventions and the first exhibitions of contemporary art in Sharjah, as well as translating art historical texts and manifestos into Arabic so as to provoke a local audience to engage with - or at least reject - contemporary art discourse. Sharif's Objects, which handed cheap, mass-produced or discarded materials back to society as artworks, were a vital instrument in provoking and engaging UAE audiences with contemporary art.

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    Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian 5 - 8 May 2016 Randall's Island Park, New York Booth A16, Focus

    This is the story of a book that is not a book. The conquering folds of a new work imagined by the Iranian artist trio have transformed the New York Times-published Obama: The Historic Journey (2009) into a tale of our times. An onslaught of tropes sprung from globalized corporate visual culture, collaged onto the individually traced pages of the original book, cast a silhouetted Obama as the ultimate business manager. Strategies of concealing and revealing unfold across these pages, as the original images peer out from behind the masking of collaged imagery. The 27 drawings are excerpted moments from the wider sequence, freeze-framed and contemplated-a glimpse of the curtain being lifted on a largely unfathomable collaborative creation that ultimately seems to be the product of a sole hand.


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    Hassan Sharif, Haleh Redjaian and Rokni Haerizadeh 22 - 24 Apr 2016 Tour & Taxis, Brussels Booth B50, Prime and Booth B50-S, Solo

    The prime booth will feature works by Emirati artist Hassan Sharif and German-Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian, where a formal comparison will be drawn between the 3D weaving techniques and works on paper by both artists. It will be an investigation of Sharif and Redjaian's critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their composition, allowing for chance and repetition.


    For the solo booth, Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh presents a video animation Letter! (2014), which uses footage from the Femen protest and shows how the protest is turned into its own hysterical, violent and performative spectacle once the gaze of the media is present. Haerizadeh refers to his videos as 'moving paintings' to emphasise the pulse of the video. He purposely doesn't refer to them as animations as he's not tracing a movement between frames, instead, each movement is enacted in these individual hand-painted frames to create an erratic pulse, and also merges thousand of individual paintings into one durational piece.

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    Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian 24 - 26 Mar 2016 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Booth 3C27

    We are pleased to announce our participation in Art Basel Hong Kong with a collaborative booth by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, where the trio will continue a theatrical approach to exhibition making by presenting an accumulation of collages, watercolours, paintings and assemblages produced collectively and individually. The booth conveys as much insight into their practice - the ritual of living and working together - as it is a playful affront to the romantic notion of the solitary, singular artist, and his work.

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  • ART DUBAI 2016

    ART DUBAI 2016

    16 - 19 Mar 2016 Madinat Jumeirah Booth E8

    We are pleased to participate in the 10th edition of Art Dubai with works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, Hassan Sharif, Haleh Redjaian, Mohammed Kazem and Xu Qu.


    Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian's Her Majesty? is a limited edition facsimile where the trio have completely overhauled the XL coffee table publication, which was published by Taschen Verlag in 2012 about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty? is now available at the gallery and each book comes with a unique, handmade cover of only 600 copies. 

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    Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian 24 - 28 Feb 2016 IFEMA - Feria de Madrid Booth 7D12

    We are pleased to participate in the 35th edition of ARCOmadrid where Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian will present works from the Big Rock Candy Mountain series.

    Much of the artists' work involves the appropriation of images and objects from magazines, markets, the Internet and mass media. In preparation for Big Rock Candy Mountain, they printed 1000 stills from news footage, painted on each of the printed images, photographed the results, and stitched them together to form the video. The source imagery depicts the destruction of cultural artefacts in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq by individuals affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS). By slowing down the imagery, the artists discover obscure details, relationships, and editing techniques that they intensify through their own manipulations, including doubling, collage, and figurative drawing.

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  • ABU DHABI ART 2015

    ABU DHABI ART 2015

    18 - 21 Nov 2015 Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Booth A16

    We are pleased to parcitipate in Abu Dhabi Art with works by Mohammed Kazen, Hassan Sharif, Rokni Hearizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian and Haleh Redjaian.

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  • ARTISSIMA 2015

    ARTISSIMA 2015

    Hassan Sharif | Involved in Nonsense 6 - 8 Nov 2015 Oval, Lingotto Fiere, Turin Booth 11, Back To The Future

    Back To The Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. This edition focuses on the period between 1975-85 by presenting works by artists who played a key role in the history of art but whose work is not always known to the general public.

    We are pleased to present the very early practice of Hassan Sharif, the first recipient of a fine art scholarship from the United Arab Emirates to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. Involved in Nonsense will focus on works made between the years 1982-85, a period in which Sharif travelled frequently between the Emirates and the UK, mailing or carrying works between the two countries. This nomadic back and forth movement of the artist, knowledge and works underscores a dynamism that charged this initial encounter between the Emirates and the Western avant-garde.

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    Abdelkader Benchamma 11 - 13 Sep 2015 BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels Booth 6

    Dubai-based Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is delighted to announce the launch of IVDE BXL. 

    A solo exhibition of the artist’s works will be simultaneously exhibited at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde’s booth at Art on Paper, a drawing salon that runs from September 11th till September 13th in Bozar, Brussels. Benchamma will present a series of dreamy collages depicting surreal marbled décor pieces with trompe l’oeil effects, alongside a larger theatrical charcoal drawing. Evoking an alienating atmosphere through a set of abandoned constructed environments, the show functions as a prelude to the artist’s solo exhibition at the gallery’s Dubai space in March 2016. 

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  • ART DUBAI 2015

    ART DUBAI 2015

    Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian and Mohammed Kazem 18 - 21 Mar 2015 Madinat Jumeirah Booth J18

    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is excited to return once again to participate in the 9th edition of Art Dubai. We consider Art Dubai to be one of the most important art platforms in the region.


    The gallery has given carte blanche to the collaborative trio Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian to create an immersive tableaux within the gallery’s booth. The artists will be concurrently exhibiting Slice A Slanted Arc Into Dry Paper Sky at Kunsthalle Zürich.


    We will also be presenting a separate solo booth dedicated to Emirati conceptual artist Mohammed Kazem, with a selection of very new works and an important series in his career from the early 90s. Mohammed Kazem, had a solo exhibition at the gallery recently (Sound of Objects, Nov 2014) and represented the U.A.E. in the 2013 Venice Biennale. He will be participating in Sharjah Biennial 12, concurrently with the fair.

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    Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem 15 - 17 Mar 2015 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Booth 3D21

    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is pleased to return to Art Basel Hong Kong in 2015 to build on the success of its participation last year. The gallery will again exhibit new and archival works by Hassan Sharif, at the vanguard of conceptual practice in the Middle East for 40 years, as well as works by his protégé Mohammed Kazem, who represented the United Arab Emirates at the 55th Venice Biennale. 

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  • ABU DHABI ART 2014

    ABU DHABI ART 2014

    4 - 8 Nov 2014 Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Booth A26

    We are pleased to participate in Abu Dhabi Art with works by Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem, Nargess Hashemi, Aisha Khalid, Ahmad Amin Nazar and beyond sector Mohammed Kazem, Bita Fayyazi.


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    Hassan Sharif 15 - 18 May 2014 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Insights, Booth 3D 30

    "Art is not made for understanding, it is made for feeling and emotion. I want the audience to add [to the work], to interpret in their own way...when someone comes to me and says 'I like your work' it means he has understood it." Hassan Sharif, 2013

    Hassan Sharif came of age during a formative period in the history of the United Arab Emirates. As he matured as an artist in the 1980s and 1990s he developed an oeuvre comprising myriad individual works that range from meticulously rendered works on paper to assemblages of cheap and widely available materials. Having studied art in London in the early 1980s Sharif was particularly drawn to British Constructivism.

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    :mentalKLINIK, Mohammed Kazem, Hassan Sharif 25 - 27 Apr 2014 Tour & Taxis, Brussels Prime, Booth 1B-34

    We are pleased to participate in Art Brussels with works by :mentalKLINIK, Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif.

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  • ABU DHABI ART 2013

    ABU DHABI ART 2013

    20 - 23 Nov 2013 Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Booth H2-7

    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde presents works by Nargess Hashemi, Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh, Fred Eerdekens, Farshid Maleki, Ahmad Amin Nazar, :mentalKLINIK, Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif. 

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  • ARMORY SHOW 2013

    ARMORY SHOW 2013

    7 - 10 Mar 2013 Piers 92 & 94, New York Pier 94, Booth 833

    We are pleased to participate in Armory Show with works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Abdelkader Benchamma, Ahmad Amin Nazar and Hesam Rahmaniam.

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    Farshid Maleki 13 - 16 Sep 2012 Station Berlin, Kreuzberg Booth F6

    At Art Berlin Contemporary 2012, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde presents a collection of works on paper by the Iranian master Farshid Maleki. ABC runs in conjunction with Berlin Art Week (11th - 16th September), welcoming an international audience to a rich programme of exhibitions, events, lectures and performances. 

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    Rokni Haerizadeh 14 - 17 Jun 2012 Messeplatz, Switzerland Booth S26

    At Art Statements 2012, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is pleased to present a solo project by Rokni Haerizadeh with a selection of works from his ongoing 'Fictionville' series alongside his video animation 'Just What is it That Makes Today's Homes so Different, so Appealing?' 

    Devoid of pitiful moralizing and surpassing fetishistic infatuation, Haerizadeh's works on paper and video animation controversially pervert found photographic media images. Scenes of tragedy, brutality and suffering are transformed into an anthropomorphic Orwellian world; humourous, grotesque and bitter. In the animation 'Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?' Haerizadeh creates the narrative frame by frame, generating a moving painting in which the stills of CNN and YouTube news broadcasts about the unrest in Iran in June 2009 are deviated into a voyage through a bestial spectacle. 

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    19 - 22 Apr 2012 Tour & Taxis, Brussels Booth 3D 15

    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is delighted to present works by Adbelkader Benchamma, Bita Fayyazi, Ramin Haerizadeh and Rokni Haerizadeh at Art Brussels this year. In conjunction with Art Brussels, Arnaud Rivieren will present an installation in Park Egmont for Art in the City. 

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  • ART DUBAI 2012

    ART DUBAI 2012

    21 - 24 Mar 2012 Madinat Jumeirah Booth 22

    We are pleased to return to the sixth edition of Art Dubai 2012 presenting works of selected artists.

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  • ABU DHABI ART 2011

    ABU DHABI ART 2011

    16 - 19 Nov 2011 Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Booth C08

    Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde will be presenting works from existing gallery artists, Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh and Jeffar Khaldi. One exceptional oil on canvas ‘The Cursing King’ by Rokni Haerizadeh articulates his typical fluidity to allegorically ridicule tyranny and people of power; a couple of small collages on paper by Ramin Haerizadeh demonstrating the artist’s brutal dark humour while exploring the theme of self-portraits in an atmosphere of political and historical satire.

    As well IVDE will present works by Idris Khan, Wim Delvoye, Jean-Luc Moerman and Abdelkader Benchamma. 

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    Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh 7 - 11 Sep 2011 Station Berlin, Kreuzberg Booth 48B & 49B

    In ABC, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde presents two artists, Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, who are at the very forefront of the new narrative of the Middle East, bringing their trademark wit, insight and historical perspectives to bear on a new and unique presentation. 

    Exploring the inside of an artists’ studio - in which thoughts, dreams and schemes tangle up into the elusive process of creation - offers a kaleidoscopic insight into the work of the artist, when opened up for inspection. Through the individual clues found in the colliding chaos, industry and creativity these spaces which artists reach beyond their consciousness and into the intangible realm of ideas. 

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    Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh and Reza Aramesh 27 Apr - 1 May 2011 Tour & Taxis, Brussels Booth 3B 27

    Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is pleased to announce its participation in Art Brussels 2011 running presenting new works by Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh as well as Reza Aramesh; three of the most exciting and engaging artists emerging from Iran today. 

    One of the pioneers of the Middle Eastern contemporary art scene, Dubai-based Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde has established a reputation for sourcing and promoting the most progressive and exiting talents from across Iran and the Middle East. 

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  • ART DUBAI 2011

    ART DUBAI 2011

    15 - 19 Mar 2011 Madinat Jumeirah Booth B18

    Returning for its 4th appearance at Art Dubai, Al Quoz-based Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde's booth at the landmark fifth edition of the event continues the gallery's traditional commitment to showcasing some of the most vital and progressive contemporary art in the region. We are pleased to participate with works by Leila Pazooki, Bita Fayyazi, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Rokni Hearizadeh, Ramin Hearizadeh and Reza Aramesh.

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  • ART DUBAI 2010

    ART DUBAI 2010

    17 - 20 Mar 2010 Madinat Jumeirah Booth B3

    We are pleased to participate in Art Dubai with works by Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Reza Aramesh, Ahmad Amin Nazar, Rokni Haerizadeh, Shirin Fakhim and Arnaud Rivieren.

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