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The Kuwaiti modern art movement emerged in the 1930s. Kuwait is home to more than 30 art galleries.[1] In recent years, Kuwait's contemporary art scene has boomed.[2][3][4] Kuwait has the second most lively gallery scene in the Gulf.[5][6][7]



Kuwait has the oldest modern arts movement in the Arabian Peninsula.[8] Beginning in 1936, Kuwait was the first Gulf country to grant scholarships in the arts.[8] The Kuwaiti artist Mojeb al-Dousari was the earliest recognized visual artist in the Gulf region.[9] He is regarded as the founder of portrait art in the region.[10] In 1943, al-Dousari launched Kuwait's first art gallery.

The Sultan Gallery was the first professional Arab art gallery in the Gulf.[11][12] Khalifa Al-Qattan was the first Kuwaiti artist to hold a solo artist exhibition in Kuwait. He founded a new art theory in the early 1960s known as "circulism".[13][14] Other notable Kuwaiti artists include Sami Mohammad, Thuraya Al-Baqsami and Suzan Bushnaq.

Art galleriesEdit

List of art galleries in Kuwait:


  1. ^ "Culture of Kuwait". Kuwait Embassy in Austria.
  2. ^ "Egyptian Artist Fatma, talks about the gateway to human faces and equality for all". Reconnecting Arts.
  3. ^ "Kuwaiti Artist Rua AlShaheen tells us about recycling existing elements to tell a new narrative". Reconnecting Arts.
  4. ^ "Farah Behbehani & the Story of the letter Haa '". Al Ostoura Magazine.
  5. ^ "Kuwait City's 10 Stunning Contemporary Art Galleries". The Culture Trip.
  6. ^ "Opportunity report for Dutch businesses in Gulf region - Creative Industries" (PDF). Government of Netherlands. p. 10.
  7. ^ "Kuwait". Gulf Art Guide.
  8. ^ a b Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture: Three-Volume Set. p. 405.
  9. ^ Al Qassemi, Sultan Sooud (22 November 2013). "Correcting misconceptions of the Gulf's modern art movement". Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East.
  10. ^ "Kuwait". Atelier Voyage.
  11. ^ Kristine Khouri. "Mapping Arab Art through the Sultan Gallery". ArteEast.
  12. ^ "The Sultan Gallery – Kristine Khouri".
  13. ^ Muayad H., Hussain (2012). Modern Art from Kuwait: Khalifa Qattan and Circulism (PDF) (PhD thesis). University of Birmingham.
  14. ^ "Khalifa Qattan, Founder of Circulism".
  15. ^ "Dar Al Funoon".
  16. ^ "CAP Kuwait".
  17. ^ "Grand Re-Opening of Free Art Atelier".
  18. ^ "Boushahri Gallery".
  19. ^ "Den Gallery".
  20. ^ "Den Gallery in Kuwait".
  21. ^ "Den Gallery Instagram".
  22. ^ "The Hub".
  23. ^ "Sultan Gallery".
  24. ^ "Al Mashreq Gallery".
  25. ^ "Art Galleries and Museums in Kuwait".
  26. ^ "AM Art & Design Gallery".
  27. ^ "Becarre Art Gallery".
  28. ^ "Art Space: Kuwait's Latest Community Art Centre and Cafe".
  29. ^ "Art Space".
  30. ^ "Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Kuwait". Archived from the original on 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  31. ^ "Kuwait Art Museum Succeeds Where Others Have Failed".
  32. ^ "Kuwait's Hidden Jewel: The Modern Art Museum".
  33. ^ "Al-Makan".
  34. ^ "Al-Makan".
  35. ^ "Masaha 13".
  36. ^ "Center of the Arts".
  37. ^ "Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah at Yarmouk Cultural Centre".
  38. ^ "Manifesto 13".
  39. ^ "Promenade Culture Centre unveils 'Our Story: Expressions of Cultural Identity' Art Exhibition" (PDF).
  40. ^ "Muse Lounge".
  41. ^ "Wejha".
  42. ^ "Fann Way Gallery".
  43. ^ "Carré d'artistes in Kuwait".
  44. ^ "ASCC".

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