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Royal Bridges—an art movement dedicated to the enrichment of global artistry—under the support of ArtBahrain today official launched  its inaugural edition which will will take place in Dubai from November 29-30, 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Center.

Convergence will bring together for the first time in the history of art, an exceptional mix of royal and princely artists from around the world to celebrate contemporary art in the City of Dubai. The artists featured in the exhibition  include Shaikh Dr Hassan Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al Thani of Qatar, Princess Reem Al Faisal Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Prince Rotislav Rotislavovich Romanov of Russia, The Princess Sophie of Romania, Princess Lelli de Orleans e Bragança of Brazil, The Duchess Diane of Württemberg and Maharajkumari Vidita Singh of Barwani from India.

rbFeaturing a plethora of paintings, sculptures, jewellery designs and musical performances, Convergence considers global interchange in modern and contemporary art by providing a firsthand view at the work of twenty-first century royal and princely artists’ across disciplines who have proven professional record and international recognition.

This exceptional exhibition brings together artists whose own histories are deeply intertwined with rich stories are the product of their unique personalities and circumstances, serving as examples of the magic that befalls when individuals put their passions and ideals into practice. It shall demonstrate how their work is the product of multi-directional global dialogues between their cosmopolitan cultural heritages as well as their colloquy with major art movements of their time and countries of origin.

Convergence demonstrates the passion and vision that continuously illuminates the possibilities that these artists have to offer not simply as patrons of the arts but as actors themselves: thereby enhancing the viewer’s understanding of modern-day royalty, in exhibition form – a topic that has been underrepresented in the artistic historical discourse.

“Royal Bridges is a new initiative that links the Middle East with the world, as well as global artists of distinct backgrounds with new audiences for their work. Forging new bonds, encouraging emerging audiences and collectors, and building greater awareness and appreciation are all among the key aims of the Royal Bridges platform,” said HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Co-Founder of Royal Bridges.

Following the public exhibition of Convergence, November 30 2016 will include a collaboration with the leading auction house, Christie’s. With 250 years of auctioning expertise, including a decade in the Middle East, Christie’s will enable Royal Bridges to conduct an auction for all the exhibited pieces with proceeds benefitting the World Food Programme (WFP) charity. Funds raised will be used for WFP’s refugee and other emergency food needs. In addition, atypical performances by UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage: for instance, the Royal Drummers of Burundi with head of mission HRH Princess Esther Kamatari of Burundi and the Royal Cambodian Court Ballet with head of delegations HRH Prince Sisowath Tesso of Cambodia will provide entertainment during the gala dinner/auction.

“Christie’s is delighted to support Royal Bridges on its inaugural exhibition and auction, as we share their commitment to bringing new artists and their works to the region and increasing the understanding and appreciation of art in a diversity of forms,” said Michael Jeha, Vice Chairman, Christie’s Middle East.

“Royal Bridges is a new initiative that links the Middle East with the world, as well as global artists of distinct backgrounds with new audiences for their work. Forging new bonds, encouraging emerging audiences and collectors, and building greater awareness and appreciation are all among the key aims of the Royal Bridges platform,” said HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Co-Founder of Royal Bridges.

Following the public exhibition of Convergence, November 30 2016 will include a collaboration with the leading auction house, Christie’s. With 250 years of auctioning expertise, including a decade in the Middle East, Christie’s will enable Royal Bridges to conduct an auction for all the exhibited pieces with proceeds benefitting the World Food Programme (WFP) charity. Funds raised will be used for WFP’s refugee and other emergency food needs. In addition, atypical performances by UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage: for instance, the Royal Drummers of Burundi with head of mission HRH Princess Esther Kamatari of Burundi and the Royal Cambodian Court Ballet with head of delegations HRH Prince Sisowath Tesso of Cambodia will provide entertainment during the gala dinner/auction.

“Christie’s is delighted to support Royal Bridges on its inaugural exhibition and auction, as we share their commitment to bringing new artists and their works to the region and increasing the understanding and appreciation of art in a diversity of forms,” said Michael Jeha, Vice Chairman, Christie’s Middle East.

The exhibition is held in association with the International Humanitarian City (IHC) and the World Food Programme.

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