The UK Visual Art Department is preparing to welcome the "Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates," show, which will be held in the Bolivar Gallery from April 16 through May 13.

After an 18-month trip, the last stop of the show is going to be Lexington. The United Art from the United Arab Emirates show tries to absorb art from the Arabian heritage, according to Robert Jensen, director of the School of Arts and Visual Studies. He supports that this exhibition is well-timed and vital in contemporary American society.
"The show is a lesson for the people around the world and it refers to Arabic culture blending traditional and modern art", he said. "We live in a world where the fear of terrorism multiplies, and this cultural trade of art will ideally unite all people."
Since the show's debut in Washington, D.C. in May 2014, it has made a tour all over the U.S., including cities, like Chicago and Los Angeles. As stated in an official statement, the show promotes various types of art, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, video installations and other media by 25 outstanding Emirati artists. According to the belief of the Gallery Director Becky Alley, UK art students have a unique chance to attend to this show and study it.
On April 14, Emirati artists and officials from the UAE will have a panel talk, and the next day, there will be a VIP opening celebrating the first day of the show in Lexington. After the above-mentioned events, the show will be open for the people. The Bolivar Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The greatest ambition, for the UAE artist Lamya Hussain Gargash, is to integrate Lexington culture with her own.


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