This Dubai art exhibition wants to leave you speechless

The exhibition features works by Tracy Emin and Godfather of graffiti, SEEN
This Dubai art exhibition wants to leave you speechless

They say a picture paints more than a thousand words.

But More Than Words, the latest exhibition at Opera Gallery Dubai, focuses on the use of text to open up the conversation.

Mel Bochner

Featuring the bright neons of Tracey Emin; intricate yet minimalist works by Alessandro Algardi; poems written in braille by Roy Nachum; wall mounted sculptures of peculiar sentences made apparent through their shadows projected on the wall by Fred Eerdekens; SEEN the Godfather of graffiti; calligraphy by Pokras Lampas; Mel Bochner's legible letters, arranged in either random or cohesive sentences; and naive, almost childlike, sentences by Jean-Michel Basquiat, the exhibition sees some of the most celebrated modern artists from around the world in the UAE for the first time.

Tracey Emin

Speaking about the collection, Giles Dylan, Founder and Chairman of Opera Gallery Group and Sylvain P.Gaillard, Director of Opera Gallery Dubai, shared: “We hope that the conversations our artists start through their works will transcend the words of script and image, in an eloquent speechlessness.”

With locations in London, Geneva, Monaco, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Dubai, Beirut, Miami, New York and most recently in Aspen, the Opera Gallery group aims to represent a unique collection of emerging and established artists from around the world, and you don't have to read between the lines to see that this exhibition does just that. 


  • More Than Words will run until 30 October at Opera Gallery, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), located at Gate Village Building 3. Visit for more information

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