Bahrain was the only Arab presence at Russia’s most prestigious contemporary art fair Cosmoscow 2017. Taking forward its flagship project Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB), Art Select showcased the work of one of the Kingdom’s most respected modern abstract artists, Balqees Fakhro.

On the very first day of the fair, Kaneka Subberwal, Fair & Program Director of ArtBAB hosted a brunch conference to announce the dates of ArtBAB 2018 (March 17 to 19, 2018) in Manama, Bahrain. The well-attended conference drew artists, gallerists art collectors, art critics and writers from around the world but more specifically from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Announcing the dates for ArtBAB  2017, Kaneka Subberwal said that the event, moving towards its third edition, had succeeded in ‘building bridges and breaking barriers’.

“The credit for ArtBAB’s success is the wholehearted, selfless, gracious support, focus and guidance of our Patron, HRH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim al Khalifa, Wife of the King of Bahrain, President of the Supreme Council for Women. Being an artist herself, Her Royal Highness is a guide, creating and supporting opportunities to develop and grow the artists’ base, strengthening their exposure and empowering them to grow their skill set.

Her guidance is complemented by the astute vision of Sh. Mohammed Bin Esa Al Khalifa the Chairman of Tamkeen, our Strategic Partners. He identified art and the artists as a core focus, aiming to strengthen their base, outreach and appreciation.”

She concluded, “What sets apart ArtBAB as a movement is that whilst a lot of focus all around is put on acquisition, ours is [on] strengthening the base and creating opportunities, thereby supporting the human resource capital of a very vast, core segment.”

CosMoscow also saw the participation, for the first time, of one of Bahrain’s most respected abstract artists, Balqees Fakhro. Balqees exhibited 12 works which were for sale.

In Bahrain, Balqees’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Bahrain National Museum and in the Manama Hall of the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Her works have been acquired by museums and collections internationally, from Jordan to Germany, including the Modern Art Museum in Amman and the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha.


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