The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai

BY Harper's Bazaar Art / Nov 19 2015 / 20:46 PM

Showcasing work by Ghada Amer and Wim Delvoye in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Leila Heller and His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Ghada Amer
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Ramin Salsali and Lisa Rokny
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Mahnaz Kia, Shiva Balaghi and Mana Mobargha
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Tatiana Ovchinnikova
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Nese Nogay
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Leila Heller and Paula Al Askari
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Dana Farouki
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Barkha Shewakramani and Ruchika Chani
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Anel Udovenchuk
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Alexander Heller, Paulina Nejman and Omar Ghafour
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai
Katia Boueiz and Lana Farouki
The Leila Heller Gallery Opens In Dubai

Officially launching last night in Dubai with a cocktail at the gallery followed by a private dinner for 300 VIP guests and collectors on the beach, the Leila Heller Gallery made a chic impact on the art scene in the city. 
 
The event, held in collaboration with Harvey Nichols Dubai Fine Jewellery, marked the beginning of its debut exhibitions too, presenting distinct and original showings by the artists Ghada Amer and Wim Delvoye. The Dubai location represents a first by a New York based gallery and at 15,000 square feet, and is the largest in the region.
 
“Our goal is to mount a series of exhibitions by major international artists. I am very excited to have exhibitions by artists of Wim and Ghada’s stature for our opening.” Said Leila ahead of the opening. 
 
“Earth. Love. Fire,” marks the first solo exhibition of works by Ghada Amer in the Arab world in nearly two decades. Curated by Dr. Shiva Balaghi, the exhibit introduces her artistic foray into ceramics, with works made during a two year residency at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC. In a second exhibit, Leila Heller Gallery Dubai is presenting the first showcase in the UAE of the artist Wim Delvoye. Delvoye’s art at once upends the narrow strictures of the art world, and a fusion of deeply philosophical ideas, an experimental approach to the use of materials, and a deep immersion in the techniques of craftsmanship. The neoconceptual artist brings together elements across time and space to create pieces that are at once shocking and stunningly beautiful, immersing himself in local cultures. “I don’t feel I belong anywhere,” he explains. “I feel like a nomad. So I take inspiration from different cultures, whilst being very respectful of the places I go to.”
 
Leila Heller Gallery runs exhibitions by Ghada Amer and Wim Delvoye until January 4, 2016