Inside Indie: 14/08/2021

Who’s ready for this week’s fun roundup of arts and culture news? Let’s go!

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11 works by Picasso to be put up for auction by MGM Resorts

Abu Dhabi Libraries launches “My Arabic Language, My National Identity” programme in collaboration with the Arabic Language Protection Society Sharjah

11 works by Picasso to be put up for auction by MGM Resorts

Image credit: Sotheby’s & MGM Resorts

When you think fine art, you don’t think that they’ll be hanging on the walls of a restaurant. But guests of the Picasso restaurant at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.in Las Vegas were able to do so for years.

Now, MGM Resorts, which owns the Bellagio, is planning to sell 11 Picassos from the international hospitality company’s collection of 23 artworks that are worth an estimated $104 million. It will take place on October 23 and will be conducted by Sotheby’s.

The auction will include paintings, works on paper and ceramics. Among the highly-anticipated lot items isPicasso’s 1938 painting Femme au Beret Rouge-Orange, which depicts the artist’s lover and muse, Marie-Therese Walter, and carries an estimate of $20 million to $30 million. The painting was acquired in the late 1990s, under Bellagio founder Steve Wynn, a notable art collector.

It is part of MGM Resorts’ strategy of becoming a powerhouse in contemporary art by expanding its current collection to include works by women and people of colour.

Abu Dhabi Libraries launches “My Arabic Language, My National Identity” programme in collaboration with the Arabic Language Protection Society Sharjah

This initative is a great way for children to strengthen their langauge skills as everything is conducted in Arabic. It’s open for children aged 10 and above. To learn more, check out Maktaba’s summer programme.

Upcoming Events

Sharjapan 3 – Remain Calm: Solitude and Connectivity in Japanese Architecture

Sharjah Art Foundation, until Friday, October 1. Tickets required.

Reflecting on the intimate role architecture plays in our lives, Remain Calm explores the work of notable Japanese architects and an artist who use traditional concepts to create physical spaces with both modern and contemporary resonance. The exhibiton will include sculptural models, multimedia installations, drawings and photographs of various architectural projects in Japan.

Artist In Residence Workshops – Manarat Al Saadiyat, until August 28. Bookings required.

Jump into one of the #MASArtStudio masterclasses led by artists-in-residence: Baseem Al Rayyes
talks ‘Colour Explorations’ on Saturdays, Hanneke Reinalda’s Mondays cover specific techniques and process in ‘Textile Creations’, and Simrin Mehra Agarwal’s “Exploring The Natural World In Mixed Media” that investigates nature’s aesthetics for juniors on Wednesdays.

Register for your spot by email at masartstudio@dctabudhabi.ae

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