Art Jameel Collection

The Art Jameel Collection is at the heart of Art Jameel’s programme, documenting and presenting important work by local, regional and international artists.

The Collection is guided by a thematic framework that in turn informs Jameel Arts Centre’s wider exhibition programming; while there is a particular focus on supporting artists from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the scope is beyond geography, and responds primarily to threads of enquiry and networks of artistic and historical influence.

The Art Jameel Collection is comprised of artworks by over 100 artists and collectives. To date, the collection has been shown in exhibitions at Jameel Arts Centre and on loan to local, regional and international institutions.

Explore the Collection

Art Jameel’s new Online Collection Gallery features a selection of works from the Art Jameel Collection. The online representation of the Collection is continually expanding to include a larger representation of our core works and new acquisitions.

The online gallery includes images, artwork descriptions, artist biographies, and additional stories around the work and artists through videos, interviews and links to exhibition catalogues.

Explore the Art Jameel Collection here.

Collection News

This section allows our audiences to keep up-to-date on new acquisitions and collaborations with local, regional and international galleries and institutions. For more information about loaning works from the collection, please email [email protected].

Current News

Bringing together 13 artists and collectives, ‘Phantom Limb’ interrogates our lived relationship to material heritage. Ranging across diverse media, the works on display pose pressing questions around the writing of history, the weaponization of heritage and the construction of foundation myths. The exhibition features two works from the Art Jameel Collection, Untitled (All is well), 2017 by Khalil Rabah and An Extraordinary Event, 2018 by Akram Zaatari. At the heart of ‘Phantom Limb’ is the drive to reclaim lost histories, not only through documentation and archiving, but also through speculation and imagination.

Ala Younis’ collection work, Plan (fem) for Greater Baghdad will be on loan to MoMA PS1, for the exhibition ‘Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011’. The exhibition will present a large-scale group exhibition examining the legacies of American-led military engagement in Iraq, exploring the effects of these wars on artists based in Iraq and its diasporas, as well as responses to the war from artists in the West, revealing how this period was defined by unsettling intersections of spectacularized violence, xenophobia, oil dependency, and new imperialisms. The exhibition will feature the work of over 50 artists including Afifa Aleiby, Dia al-Azzawi, Thuraya al-Baqsami, Paul Chan, Harun Farocki, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Guerrilla Girls, Thomas Hirschhorn, Hiwa K, Hanaa Malallah, Monira Al Qadiri, Nuha al-Radi, and Ala Younis.