Mar 18 – Apr 25

The Moving Museum launchesits travelling programme of exhibitions in Dubai with a groundbreakingshow of international contemporary art, TECTONIC, featuring 24 of the world’s most innovative voices in contemporary art. Offering a rich, intricate survey of their radical approaches and recent works, TECTONIC is accompanied by a comprehensive publication, education and outreach programme, as well as collateral events and temporary exhibits across Dubai, aiming to make a significant impact on the region’s cultural community.

TECTONIC brings together a diverse pool of artists working seamlessly across mediums and disciplines, contextualizing their approaches and identifying the new direction of art in a climate of rapid change, capturing the sense of urgency that is redefining contemporary art and laying the groundwork for its future. The approximately 300 multimedia artworks range from installation, performances, sculpture, video, sound, digital and painting will be on show in a 15,000 square foot venue at the DIFC. Working closely with the artists over the past year, The Moving Museum has developed solo presentations for each artist that offers a comprehensive snapshot of their practice as a whole.

The exhibition is set against the backdrop of Dubai. Born out of the aspirations of the new century, the city has undergone its own tectonic transformation, establishing itself as an important cultural hub in the Middle East, while experiencing mammoth fluctuations in financial fortunes, landscape and population growth within a short period of time. TECTONIC’s presence in Dubai allows for a global gathering of compatible concerns that aims to raise questions, spark dialogues and respond to the particularities of a new environment.

The accompanying education programme will offer local, regional and international audiences the opportunity to engage with the artists beyond the parameters of the exhibition. With an aim to connect with Dubai’s budding arts scene, The Moving Museum is collaborating with local spaces Traffic, Pavilion, The Archive and Shelter, to host a series of outreach events connected to the exhibition including film screenings, talks, workshops and site-specific projects.


Ali Banisadr, Asger Carlsen, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Eddie Peake , Evan Penny, Haroon Mirza, Holton Rower, Ivan Argote, James Capper, Jeremy Deller, Kasper Sonne, Liz Magic Laser, Michael Rakowtiz, Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Parker Ito, Rashaad Newsome, Robert Lazzarini, Ryan Gander, Saad Qureshi, Sarah Dornner, Stefan Bruggeman, Slavs and Tatars, Soheila Sokhanvari, Tom Sachs.