By Noura Al Joaib
Bahrain may be a small island, but it’s got a whole lot of art
Albareh Art Gallery
This gallery has gained reputable recognition for its ambitious projects that are intense and unprecedented. Since it opened to the public in 1998, the gallery has earned acclaim for its tradition of showing the work of established and emerging artists from the MENA region, exploring a wide-spectrum of historical and contemporary themes.
Al Riwaq Art Space
Situated in the heart of Adliya, Al Riwaq Art Space is dedicated to promoting local contemporary art and design, touching on themes relevant to society. Al Riwaq Art Space is also a platform for the exchange of ideas between artists and the general public. The gallery hosts a wide-ranging calendar of workshops and flagship events such as Alwan (an annual art and design festival), and Market 338 (an annual platform for designers and creative entrepreneurs).
La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art
La Fontaine Centre is noted for its exquisite architecture, dating back to over a century. The property, belonging to the Alireza family, is very unique as it captures the grand essence of a European chateau, while retaining the charm of Islamic architecture. It has been completely restored and renovated by French artist Jean Marc Sinan, who transformed this beautiful residential house into a distinctive, exceptional center for art and leisure enthusiasts alike. In addition to hosting galleries, the center has an open-air amphitheater and restaurant.
Arabesque Art Gallery
Arabesque Art Gallery opened its doors in 1977 and has since been recognized for its collection of antique Middle Eastern art. The gallery is famous for its great selection of 19th century lithographs created by David Roberts, its collection of Wahab Al Kooheji’s colorful paintings depicting scenes of everyday life in Bahrain and for its displays of ancient Arabian maps.
Tel: +973-17722916, +973-17611722
Location (Adliya): Bldg. 182, Rd. No. 3703, Block 337
Location (Hamala): Bldg. 2239A, Rd. No. 90 and Wali Alahd Highway, Block 1014