Royal Bridges global debut to take place in Dubai from November 29-30, 2016

Royal Bridges global debut to take place in Dubai from November 29-30, 2016

Art movement Royal Bridges launches its inaugural edition at the Ritz Carlton DIFC

Dubai, UAE; August 25, 2016: Royal Bridges—an art movement dedicated to the enrichment of global artistry—under the support of ArtBahrain today announced that its inaugural edition will take place in Dubai from November 29-30, 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Center.

1Rashid Al Khalifa. Blue, 2015. Enamel on aluminium convex, 120x120cm 1Royal Bridges will feature a multi-dimensional exhibition titled Convergence – showcasing the diverse, individual stories and narratives intertwined with the background of each exhibitor. With a special viewing opportunity for the general public on 30 November from 10am-4pm, the visual exhibition offers insight into the unique personalities and styles of a plethora of artists hailing from royal and princely houses worldwide, including HE Shaikh Dr Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, HRH Princess Reem Al Faisal Al Saud, HH Prince Rotislav Rotislavovich Romanov of Russia, HRH The Princess Sophie of Romania, HRH Princess Lelli de Orleans e Bragança of Brazil and HRH The Duchess Diane of Württemberg.

Convergence will feature a diverse and robust selection of contemporary work from more traditional mediums of painting and sculpture to interpretive forms of expression and performances. All the works featured are curated to include artists that are internationally recognized thus encouraging the viewers’ understanding of modern-day royalty as creatives in their own right.

“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.

1Rashid Al Khalifa. Autumn, 2015. Enamel on aluminium convex, 120x120cm 1“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 highlights of Royal Bridges 2016 include the below programs that are currently being finalized:

Royal Bridges programs

  • VIP Opening (by invitation only) – 29th November at 7pm
  • Main exhibition– 30th November from 10am – 4pm
  • Christie’s collaborated charity auction and gala dinner – 30th November at 7pm

About Royal Bridges

1Rashid Al Khalifa. Apple green, 2015. Enamel on aluminium convex, 120x120cm 1Royal Bridges was coined to act as a ‘bridge’ or platform for dialogue across different cultures, styles of art and relationships. It is a global, artistic movement that challenges the roles typically assigned to royalty. It is a movement that dares the public to view Royals as artists and not mere patrons of the arts. The annual event was co-founded by HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa in addition to Managing Director Baron Henri Estramant and is organized by ArtBahrain. The inaugural global edition is to take place in Dubai in November 2016.

The movement is comprised of leading artists at the forefront of contemporary art, design and performances that hail from imperial, royal, princely and noble houses from around the world. The objective of this movement is to not only contend the stereotype of royal “patrons” of the arts but to introduce a new perspective of contemporary art to a global audience, starting with the Middle East.

About Art Bahrain

ArtBahrain’s commitment to sustain a world-class art publication begins and ends with an unwavering commitment to great art and culture. Founded in 2010 by HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, ArtBahrain was created in consultation with several partners, including regional and international arts organisations and artists with a variety of perspectives from all cultures to realise its vision for the future, where we are now. Six years and counting, now ArtBahrain covers major art destinations from the six continents of the world with opportunities to forge dialogues across creative landscapes encouraging collaborative projects to reach the social and economic potential of arts and culture from Bahrain and beyond.

About HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa (b. 1952) is one of Bahrain’s leading contemporary artists. Al Khalifa studied Art and Design at Brighton and Hastings Art College in the U.K. After returning to Bahrain, he co-founded the Bahrain Art Society in 1983, with the aim of creating a fellowship in which to encourage his fellow artists. He is currently serving as its honorary president.
Internationally and locally acclaimed, Al Khalifa’s prolific career has included periods ranging from realistic desert landscapes, figurative experimentation, colour-field abstractions, Minimalist work on convex-shaped service in canvas, high-gloss lacquer and chrome and recently kinetic art.


2016 marks Christie’s 250th anniversary and will be celebrated with a series of events and exhibitions throughout this historic year for the company. As the world’s leading art business, Christie’s has continued to be recognized as tastemakers in the art market, continually innovating its sales calendar and curating sales to create different perspectives of the art market and collecting trends. Over the last 250 years, Christie’s has expanded its reach beyond the headquarters in London, with first sales in America in 1970, then Hong Kong in 1986 and more recently the Middle East in 2006, China in 2013 and India in 2013. Since 2012, Christie’s has also included regular online sales across all collecting categories. This continuing spirit of innovation has enabled art collecting to become truly global, allowing clients to acquire or sell works across sale locations, collecting categories and via auction, private sale and online. Within our 250th year, Christie’s also celebrates 10 Years in Dubai and 30 Years in Asia.

Convergence’s participating artists and sovereign exhibiting guests include:

  • HM Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan
  • HE Mevrouw Martine van Loon-Labouchere
  • HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg and Nassau
  • HRH Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark
  • HRH The Duchess of Württemberg, Diane of Württemberg, Princess d’Orléans
  • HRH Princess Sophie of Romania
  • HRH Princess Sibylle of Prussia
  • HRH Princess Lelli de Orleans e Bragança of Brazil
  • HSH Princess Ede SapiehaRóżańska
  • HE The XII Marchioness of Castelldosríus, Grandee of Spain
  • HRH The Dowager Princess of Tarnovo, Miriam of Bulgaria
  • HRH Princess Reem Al Faisal Al Saud (Reem Al Faisal) of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • HRH Prince Sisowath Tesso of Cambodia
  • HRH Prince Norodom Sirivudh of Cambodia
  • HE Shaikh Dr Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani of Qatar
  • HH Prince Rostislav Romanov of Russia
  • HII.H Count Bertram zu Castell-Rüdenhausen
  • HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
  • Maharajkumari Vidita Singh of Barwami of India
  • HRH Princess Esther Kamatari of Burund

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