TERRACE TALKS 2014



This series of talks takes place on the terrace of The Abraaj Group Lounge, and features leaders and innovators from the worlds of art, business and philanthropy exploring the latest global trends.


In 2014, Terrace Talks focused on two arts scenes in particular: a stellar panel highlights the legacy of Pakistan’s modernist artists, through the eyes of two of today’s best-known practitioners, while two talks are devoted to the arts scenes of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Art Dubai was also delighted to partner with the forthcoming Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, hosting a special conversation between the museum’s first director Henry Kim and Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, founder of Sharjah’s Barjeel Foundation and one of the UAE’s foremost experts on modern and contemporary Arab art.


These talks were held on the terrace of The Abraaj Group Lounge and were open to Collectors Circle and VIP guests and by invitation only.





Henry S. Kim (Director and CEO, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto) in conversation with Sultan Al Qassemi (Founder, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah) 




Rashid Rana (artist), Shahzia Sikander (artist) and Nurjahan Akhlaq (artist and filmmaker) in conversation with Simone Wille (art historian and writer)




Aida Mahmudova (Founder, YARAT, Baku, Azerbaijan), Dina Baitassova (Founder, International Art Development Association (IADA), Almaty, Kazakhstan), Nina Mahdavi (Founder and chair, Caspian Arts Foundation) in conversation with Suad Garayeva (curator and specialist in contemporary art from Russia and CIS at Sotheby’s, London)




Dina Nasser-Khadivi (Independent curator, DNK Art Consulting), Yuliya Sorokina (Director, Asia Art+, Almaty), Bashar Al Shroogi (Founder and director, Cuadro Art, Dubai) in conversation with Joanna Warsza (curator, Georgian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale, 2013, and curator, public programs, Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, Russia)