Hassan Sharif lived and worked in Dubai. He has made a vital contribution to conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East through 40 years of performances, installations, drawing, painting, and assemblage. In his early artistic maturation, Sharif rejected calligraphic abstraction, which was becoming the predominant art discourse in the region in the 1970s. Instead, he pursued a pointedly contemporary art vocabulary, drawing on the non-elitism and intermedia of Fluxus and the potential in British Constructionism’s systemic processes of making.

Sharif graduated from The Byam Shaw School of Art, London, in 1984 and returned to the UAE shortly after. He set about staging interventions and the first exhibitions of contemporary art in Sharjah, as well as translating art historical texts and manifestos into Arabic, so as to provoke a local audience into engaging with contemporary art discourse.
His works have been collected by private and public institutions such as: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louis Vuitton S.A, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, Aldar, Abu Dhabi, Sittard Art Center, Netherlands, Centre Pompidou ,Paris, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha.

In addition to his own practice, Sharif has encouraged and supported several generations of artists in the Emirates. He is a founding member of the Emirates Fine Art Society (founded 1980) and of the Art Atelier in the Youth Theatre and Arts, Dubai. In 2007, he was one of four artists to establish The Flying House, a Dubai institution for promoting contemporary Emirati artists.

Hassan Sharif is one of the artists representing the country at the UAE National Pavillion during the 56th Venice Biennale.

Hassan Sharif
Hassan Sharif
Dubai, 1951 – 2016
United Arab Emirates

Current Exhibitions

11 Nov — 30 Mar
The exhibition groups 17 artists and collectives which investigate the topic of oil, considered as an agent of social, cultural and economic events. Oil, in fact, has been the triggering factor of colonial adventures, wars, geo-political upheavals...

Upcoming Exhibitions

Hassan Sharif: Blue

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
18/03/2019 — 14/05/2019

Past Exhibitions

Ways of Seeing

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
03/09/2018 — 05/01/2019

Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneva

Fondation Fernet Branca
27/05/2018 — 30/09/2018

Portrait of a Nation

me Collectors Room Berlin Stiftung Olbricht
13/09/2017 — 29/10/2017

Good Printing

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
22/05/2017 — 14/09/2017

100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art

Institut du Monde Arabe
28/02/2017 — 02/07/2017

Solo Shows

2020
Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (upcoming)

2019
Castello di Rivoli Musuem of Contemporary Art, Turin (upcoming)
Blue, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai (upcoming)

2018
Hassan Sharif: Semi-Systems, Alexander Gray Associates, New York

2017
Hassan Sharif: I Am The Single Work Artist, Sharjah Art Foundation
Reading is Making: Books and Boxes, gb agency, Paris Experimentations, La Patinoire Royale, Brussels

2016
Hassan Sharif, Alexander Gray Associates, New York
Hassan Sharif: Objects and Files, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

2015
Images, IVDE Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Hassan Sharif: the physical is universal, gbAgency, Paris, France

2013
Approaching Entropy, Isabelle Van Den Eydne, Dubai, UAE

2012
Hassan Sharif”, Level One, Paris, France
Hassan Sharif Works 1980-2012, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Hassan Sharif, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, USA

2011
Hassan Sharif Experiments & Objects 1979-2011, Qasr Al Hosn, Cultural Quarter Hall, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2009
Press Conference, 1×1 Contemporary, Dubai, UAE

2003
Sharjah Biennial 6, Sharjah, UAE

2001
Sharjah Biennial 5, Sharjah, UAE

Group Shows

2018
The Monochrome Revisited, Jean-Paul Najar Foundation Cashiers
écrits, dessinés, inimprimés, Foundation Bordmer, Geneva
The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Crude, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai
Ways of Seeing, New York University Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
We Began By Measuring Distance, Museé d’art moderne et contemporain (mamco), Geneva
A Century in Flux: Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah

2017
Ways of Seeing, Villa Empain, Brussels
Viva Arte Viva, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
The Restless Earth, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan
But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Underground 1988 – 2008, NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Is Old Gold?, Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre, Dubai

2016
For an Image, Faster Than Light, 1st Yinchuan Biennale
Portrait of a Nation, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF), Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Looking at the World Around You. Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums, Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid
Do it [In Arabic], Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates, The Flying Saucer, Sharjah In Search of Lost Time, Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London, London
White Cube… Literally, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai
34th Annual Exhibition, Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah

2015
Adventures of the Black Square, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2013
Trade Routes, Hauser & Wirth, London, UK
Two Parallel Lines, Satellite Space at Alserkal Gallery District, Dubai, UAE
Mind/Body, DUCTAC, Dubai, UAE

2012
Systems and Patterns, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Paper, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Dubai Country of birth: United Arab Emirates Date of birth: 1951 – 2016
W: Hassan Sharif M: info@hassansharif.com