Dubai's first mechanical art gallery
Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons has opened a gallery in the heart of Dubai’s urban art district, Al Serkal Avenue, showcasing cutting-edge mechanical and kinetic art, a first of it’s kind in the region. The M.A.D.Gallery Dubai exhibits mechanical inventions that has been carefully chosen from all across the globe by MB&F Founder and Creator Maximilian Büsse, who has been working on the project closely with the Seddiqi family for five years.
All pieces of art are inherently intricate in detail, unique in concept and display exquisite craftsmanship across the field of kinetic art. Take, for instance, the mechanical art from Japanese engineer Chicara Nagata, whose award winning ‘Road Machines’ each take over 7,000 hours of work to construct by the master himself. “My art works are a reflection of my passion and an expression of my gratitude for life and it is a rare privilege to encounter a gallery like M.A.D.Gallery that is open to pushing the boundaries of the traditional definition of art,” says artist Chicara Nagata was present at the Dubai opening of the gallery this week.
One of Chicara Nagata Road Machines
Other Mechanical Art Devices (hence the name ‘MAD’) from international artists include Berlin-based artist Frank Buchwald’s, and his lamp ‘Machine Lights’; metallic sculptures by Chinese artist Xia Hang; kinetic creations crafted by UK-based creative collaboration Laikingland and work from French-born Quentin Carnaille’s, who’s intricate pieces that suspend in the air using magnetic force are made up of thousands of vintage steel watch components. “Dubai is the most influential and dynamic art hub in the region and we are excited to introduce these international artists to the local audience for the first time,” explained Büsse also at the launch. “We saw the M.A.D.Gallery as the perfect platform to showcase kinetic art by creators we greatly admire. The artworks we have chosen speak to the creative, youthful and playful spirit within us and encourage the viewer to engage on a personal level.”
‘Machine Lights’ lamp by Berlin-based artist Frank Buchwald
Büsse first created the concept of a mechanical art gallery to support the thinking behind his own MB&F timepieces, which aim to deconstruct traditional watchmaking and to reconstruct it as kinetic art that just so happens to give the time. The mechanics fanatic was inspired by the drive to create a universe where the medium was more visible in the art world, as well as showcasing kinetic art in an environment where their mechanical prowess can be fully appreciated (as well as bought). Büsse opened the first M.A.D.Gallery in Geneva in 2011, followed by Taipei in 2014 and now Dubai.
MAD Gallery is located at Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8 in Al Quoz 1, Dubai and is open to the public from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily, Fridays closed.