An architectural rendering of the Jameel Arts Centre Dubai.

Art Jameel Announces New Art Center and Partnership with Metropolitan Museum

Art Jameel, a nonprofit that supports a wide range of arts initiatives throughout the Middle East, has announced that it is opening up a new arts center in Dubai and forging a partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will help the museum to more easily acquire modern and contemporary works by Middle Eastern artists. 

The Jameel Arts Centre Dubai—a 32,800-square-foot, three-story, multidisciplinary facility designed by the UK-based firm Serie Architects—will present exhibitions drawn from the Jameel Art Collection as well as regional and international group and solo exhibitions. The center will be a home for various educational and research initiatives. The center’s administrators are currently at work on forming a council made up of art world professionals to advise its curators on collections and exhibitions programming. Thus far, Jessica Morgan, the director of New York’s Dia Foundation, and Murtaza Vali, an independent curator, writer, and regular Artforum contributor, have been appointed to the council.

The Art Jameel Fund was started with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to help the museum’s Middle Eastern initiatives in regards to global contemporary programming, acquisitions, and the Arabic translation of educational resources. The fund recently supported the museum in purchasing a pair of artworks by Egyptian artist Maha Maamoun: a single-channel video titled 2026, 2010, and photographs from a 2005 series called “Domestic Tourism I.”

“We are delighted to be embarking on a new phase of development for Art Jameel—strengthening our programs in Saudi Arabia, across the Arab World and internationally, as well as founding our first permanent space, the Jameel Arts Centre Dubai. Likewise, establishing a partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the most visited, encyclopedic museums in the world, allows us to further support contemporary artists from the region and share their work with a broad international public. We are proud to work closely with a number of partners to fulfill this important vision,” said Fady Mohammed Jameel, Art Jameel’s president.