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April 20 - November 24, 2024


Malath - Haven

Oman National Pavilion at the 60. Art Biennale

Curator: Alia Al Farsi

Commissioner: His Excellency Sayyid Saeed Al Busaidi (Undersecretary for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth for Culture)

Artists: Alia Al Farsi, Ali Al Jabri, Essa Al Mufarji, Sarah Al Olaqi, Adham Al Farsi

Open Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays

April 20 - September 30 : 11 am - 7 pm

October 01 : November 24 : 10 am - 6 pm

Address: Palazzo Navagero Gallery, Castello 4147, 30122 

Vaporetto stop: San Zaccaria

Curated by Alia Al Farsi, the inaugural display in Venice showcases new artworks by prominent Omani contemporary artists Ali Al Jabri, Essa Al Mufarji, Sarah Al Olaqi, and Adham Al Farsi. Each artist has crafted an abstract habitat of future relics inspired by the significant events of the past two years within the Sultanate of Oman, a region known for its historical convergence of civilizations. 

This year's Omani pavilion takes viewers on a chronological journey, unravelling the intricate tapestry of Oman's past as a meeting point for diverse ethnicities.

In line with the Biennale's theme for the year, "Foreigners everywhere," the artists, hailing from various backgrounds, join forces to capture the essence of Oman's multicultural legacy.

Titled "Malath-Haven," the exhibition draws inspiration from Oman's core, symbolizing a sanctuary for sailors, merchants, and immigrants throughout history. Similar to Oman's historical role in providing refuge to travelers from distant lands, "Malath" encourages visitors to embark on a sensory and artistic voyage. The central theme of "Malath" is expressed through a diverse range of artistic mediums, including a culinary journey. Food serves as a powerful symbol of unity, emphasizing how family recipes encapsulate the essence of one's cultural roots.

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