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Rashid Al Khalifa

Riffa  |  Bahrain  | 

Rashid Al Khalifa

The RAK Art Foundation is located in Riffa, Kingdom Bahrain, on the grounds of Bahraini artist and collector, Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa’s childhood home.

Originally constructed in the 1930s and then later restored in the 1960s and 2015, the main buildings of the property are used to showcase Shaikh Rashid’s private collection as well as his own artwork. The RAK Art Foundation is situated around a central courtyard. The galleries present various collections of International Contemporary Art and Design, with a focus on Middle Eastern Art, as well as a sizeable collection of Orientalist paintings. In 2020, an extension of the property was completed; a contemporary gallery that is typically used to exhibit Rashid Al Khalifa’s latest installations. 

The RAK Art Foundation opened its doors to the public in December 2020, hosting weekly private tours, during which visitors are given a thorough insight into the collection and the property. On permanent view are works by renowned established and emerging artists including; Frank Stella, Fernando Botero, Yves Klein, Juan Genoves, Farhad Moshiri, Mohammed Omar Khalil, Dia Al Azzawi, Huguette Caland, Adam Henein, Mohammed Sabry, Shakir Hassan Said, Rafa Nasiri, Kamal Boulatta, Manolo Valdes and Marc Quinn, to name a few. The RAK Art Foundation currently boasts the largest collection of International Modern and Contemporary Art in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The RAK Art Foundation believes in making art accessible to the public in hope that doing so will inspire new ideas and encourage artistic expression, sowing the seeds for creative thought and culture. By offering a platform for artists and creatives from the region as well as providing educational opportunities for art enthusiasts, the RAK Art Foundation plans on launching a comprehensive program of activities that will help propel the art scene in the Kingdom and consolidate Bahrain’s position as a hub of creativity and artistic expression.  

For more information on Rashid Al Khalifa visit this post by the Independent Collectors.

Chris Hood, Static Crush (2019), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Chris Hood, Static Crush (2019), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Nicola Bealing, Curve Shoal, 2010 (left), Alberto Biasi, Variable Round Image, 1990 (center), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Nicola Bealing, Curve Shoal, 2010 (left), Alberto Biasi, Variable Round Image, 1990 (center), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Central feature in the courtyard, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Central feature in the courtyard, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Oksana Mas, Sphere of Good and Spiritual Renaissance, 2010, 1500 hand painted eggs, 90 x 110 cm
Oksana Mas, Sphere of Good and Spiritual Renaissance, 2010, 1500 hand painted eggs, 90 x 110 cm
Bridget Riley, screen print, 1965, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain
Bridget Riley, screen print, 1965, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain
Entrance to an exhibition space, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Entrance to an exhibition space, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
View of paintings by Shaikh Rashid Al Khalifa on display at the RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2021
View of paintings by Shaikh Rashid Al Khalifa on display at the RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2021
Mobile Column IV by Rashid Al Khalifa, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Mobile Column IV by Rashid Al Khalifa, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Colonnade near courtyard, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Colonnade near courtyard, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Frank Stella, The Honor and Glory of Whaling (maquette), 1991, mixed media on aluminium and magnesium, 243.8 x 256.5 x 101.6 cm
Frank Stella, The Honor and Glory of Whaling (maquette), 1991, mixed media on aluminium and magnesium, 243.8 x 256.5 x 101.6 cm
Gulay Semergioglu, Three S, 2011, wire, screws and wood on board, 175 cm x 175 cm
Gulay Semergioglu, Three S, 2011, wire, screws and wood on board, 175 cm x 175 cm
Farhad Moshiri, Life is Beautiful, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 150 cm
Farhad Moshiri, Life is Beautiful, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 150 cm
Works by Modhir Ahmed and Christian Rosa, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2021
Works by Modhir Ahmed and Christian Rosa, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2021
Hayv Kahraman, Not Quite Human Drawing 12, 2019, Watercolour and ink on paper, 22 x 32 cm
Hayv Kahraman, Not Quite Human Drawing 12, 2019, Watercolour and ink on paper, 22 x 32 cm
Huguette Caland, Summer with Mr Hulot on the Mediterranean, 2011, acrylic and pen on canvas, 163 x 411 cm
Huguette Caland, Summer with Mr Hulot on the Mediterranean, 2011, acrylic and pen on canvas, 163 x 411 cm
Juan Genoves, Oro, 2009 (left), Chris Hood, Static Crush, 2019 (right), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Juan Genoves, Oro, 2009 (left), Chris Hood, Static Crush, 2019 (right), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Poltrona Frau Armchair (left) screen prints by Damien Hirst (right), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain 2022
Poltrona Frau Armchair (left) screen prints by Damien Hirst (right), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain 2022
De Sede sofa and Focus Creation fireplace, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
De Sede sofa and Focus Creation fireplace, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Dia Al Azzawi, Untitled, (1994) against the original wall of the RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Dia Al Azzawi, Untitled, (1994) against the original wall of the RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Jitish Kallat, Celes Terres Perpetuum series, 2013, lenticular prints, 49 .5 x 49.5 cm (each), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain
Jitish Kallat, Celes Terres Perpetuum series, 2013, lenticular prints, 49 .5 x 49.5 cm (each), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain
Various works on display in the old section of the old house, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Various works on display in the old section of the old house, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Manolo Valdes, Infanta Margarita, 2020, Resin, 205 x 115 x 155 cm, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain
Manolo Valdes, Infanta Margarita, 2020, Resin, 205 x 115 x 155 cm, RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain
De Sede sofa and ‘The Honor and Glory of Whaling' by Frank Stella (1991), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
De Sede sofa and ‘The Honor and Glory of Whaling' by Frank Stella (1991), RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2022
Sudarshan Shetty, Untitled, 2017, Recycled teak wood and found ceramics
Sudarshan Shetty, Untitled, 2017, Recycled teak wood and found ceramics

All images courtesy of the RAK Art Foundation