“UAE 40 – The Emirates Revisited” at Armani Hotel Dubai
Art exhibition with works by Swedish artist Fabian Edelstam
Dubai, March 14, 2012 –Armani Hotel Dubai, in co-operation with Swiss Art Gate UAE, will host an art exhibition “UAE 40 – The Emirates Revisited,’ to coincide with Art Dubai, the premier art event in the city.
Featuring oil and photography on canvas by Swedish artist Fabian Edelstam, “UAE 40 – The Emirates Revisited; will open on Monday, 19 March 2012, 7 – 9 pm at Armani/Ristorante in Armani Hotel Dubai, located in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
During his recent journey through the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Edelstam created a collection of 15 artworks, most of them with local content. The exhibition will have compelling works depicting late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, when he was young. Also on display will be artworks on Burj Khalifa, the 200- and 100-Dirham banknote and the Dubai Shopping Festival, all serving to highlight the evolution of the country in the past 40 years.
Mr. Edelstam has been a frequent traveller throughout his life, with his travel experiences reflected on his body of work. After studying and exploring the European cultural legacy, Fabian pointed his compass towards other cultures. The name, UAE, which he first heard in the 1970s intrigued him.On a recent visit Fabian discovered the country, its history and the recent boom, sparking the idea of an exhibition.
He found similarities with the Republic of Venice, both cultures emerging out in an unexpected environment: Venice the swamp, UAE the desert. Both places had unique circumstances and visions that generated a boom. Mr. Edelstam doesn’t aspirate to become the Canaletto of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but thought that revisiting the 40 years of existence of the United Arab Emirates through its great personalities, architecture and everyday life would be a fascinating journey into the Arabian soul.
Thanks to Mr. Edelstam’s cultural heritage, his artistic vision can be described as a “journey into the world of memories,” with an emphasis on the personal and collective memories. He “travels” down memory lane, revisiting events and environments he experienced, was surrounded by, and the people he met.
He reconstructs pictures and experiences ingrained in his memory, and like the memory, the paintings project close to optimal resemblance, but are a little bit disorderly and with a few gaps. The “mosaic” pattern is a result of the literary influence of “Recherche du temps perdu” by Marcel Proust. The mosaic is manually assembled.
Mr. Edelstam said: “In my portraits I try to recreate a bridge between past and present cultures, set in a modern framework according to the principles of ancient mosaics. Some pieces are missing, others are in disorder, just like the fragments of a childhood memory that are being reconstructed, or should I say, exorcised?”
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Info to the Editor:
The Art Exhibition “UAE 40 – The Emirates Revisited” runs from 20 to 24 March 2012 at Armani Hotel Dubai. Opening reception on Monday, 19 March 2012, 7 – 9 pm.
Exhibition information: The exhibition will be open to visitors and guests of the Armani Hotel Dubai daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
About Fabian Edelstam
Fabian Edelstam was born 1965 in Stockholm in a artistic family (Nils von Dardel, Swedish modernist of the “Ecole de Paris”). Actually he lives and works in Paris. He studied at the prestigious Beckmans School of Design and the legendary Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris. Since 1989 he has exhibited his work worldwide.
Fabian Edelstam has frequently undertaken commissions, for example the UN/the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Swiss Confederation (CH), UNESCO, the Swedish embassy in Paris, the filmmakers Merchant-Ivory, eOffice in the UK, the Swiss bank Banque Mirabaud, the lawfirm Bird & Bird (Paris and Madrid), Bonnier Publications, the law firms Glatzova & Co in Prague and Dewey & LeBeuf in Paris, Mission of Sweden to NATO, Ralph Lauren, Ferrari at Silverstone and the Italian company Motta.
Since 1997, Edelstam has completed a large number of commissioned portraits, mainly in London, Paris and Milan (amongst these, the portraits of Giorgio Armani in 2004, Ralph Lauren 2009 and the former President of the Swiss Confederation, Adolf Ogi in 2011). In 2006 his triptych of de Gaulle was purchased by kind courtesy of Champagne Taittinger for Mémorial Charles de Gaulle, near the Generals residence in Colombey-Les-Deux-Eglises, France.
Edelstam’s work is found in private collections in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Monaco, Czech Republic, Kuwait, Canada and the US. He is represented in the Parliament of Luxemburg, the Swedish Ambassador’s residence in Brussels, the mission of Switzerland to NATO, the mission of Italy to NATO, the mission of Sweden to NATO, Mémorial Charles de Gaulle, the royal collections of Sweden, the collections of Prince Albert II of Monaco, Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani. French television France 2 did a report on Edelstam’s show in Paris 1995.
Soaring high above Downtown Dubai, the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, is home to the exclusive Armani Hotel Dubai, the world’s first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani. Reflecting the pure elegance, simplicity and sophisticated comfort that define Armani’s signature style, the hotel is the realisation of the designer’s long-held dream to bring his sophisticated style to life in the most complete way and offer his customers the exceptional ‘Stay with Armani’ experience defined by highest standards of service excellence. Armani Hotel Dubai features 160 luxurious guest rooms and suites, seven innovative restaurants, exclusive retail outlets and the serene Armani/SPA.
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Swiss Art Gate UAE is a UAE-based organisation that initiates, fosters and organises cultural and educational projects in the United Arab Emirates, by international artists, with a focus on the works and performances by Swiss and Arab artists in music, visual arts, dance, literature, drama, film and news media. Additionally to its program Swiss Art Gate UAE has established the first film club for children in the United Arab Emirates, The Magic Lantern. www.SwissArtGateUAE.com and www.MagicLantern.ae