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Through a shared passion for the arts, Kempinski and Vindemia Gallery team up to open a new art gallery for young artists, art lovers and budding designers.

Dubai, April 2014, Kempinski Hotel Mall of The Emirates has partnered with Vindemia Gallery to open the Fann-A-Porter Art Gallery at the hotel. The gallery will present a group of emerging talents from around the world with the first exhibition, featuring award-winning Jordanian artist Hazem Al Zubai, opening on May 5th 2014.

Fann-A-Porter -‘Fann’ is the Arabic word for art- will have a busy year-round art calendar and will see an eclectic range of young and talented artists showcase their work. In addition to the temporary exhibitions, the gallery will always have a selection of art from emerging Emirati artists on display as a tribute to the UAE.

“We are really excited to work with Fann A Porter and to provide an artistic immersion for our guests,” said Konstantin Zeuke, General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. “At Kempinski, we believe in supporting and promoting art, especially with our global initiative the Young Artist Program, which helps young talented artists to get cross cultural experience and education. We are looking forward to having new artists and exhibitions at the hotel all year long.”

The first exhibition is called “Chanting on Earth” and will be unveiled on May the 5th. The journey of the artist, Hazem Al Zubi, pushed him to deal with the clay of earth, shaping it to be pieces of art that you can touch with the eye, hand and heart. Clay was the first material used by humans with clay tablets, letters, first manuscripts and poems. The exhibition is a celebration of bond and respect to nature and Earth.

“It is with great joy and enthusiasm that we celebrate our return to Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates and renew our collaboration and partnership that started back in 2009. Our new art gallery Fann-A-Porter opens its doors for young artists and art lovers and for those who seek uniqueness,” said Ghada Kunash, General Manager at Fann-A-Porter. “I would like to thank the Kempinski Hotel Management, and the Hotels Asset Management at Majid Al Futtaim Properties for the support and trust they have given us over the years.”

Exhibition in Focus:

“Chanting of Earth” by award-winning Jordanian artist Hazem Al Zubai

From 5-24 May 2014; opening night on May 5th at 7:00pm at Fann-A-Porter Art Gallery at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

Peoples’ mythology suggests that clay was the first to touch the hands of the gods for the formation of creatures. Clay was the first material touched by human hands to re-configure and to re-create.

It was on clay tablets inscribed the first letters, the first manuscripts, the first poems and the first symbols of Sumer and Ugarit, the kingdoms of the Nabateans and the Mayans. It was on clay where they began charting the history of mankind.

Spread along the plains and valleys of Jordan, where the artist comes from, are pieces of pottery of all those past times, where one can discover the secrets and aesthetics of creation.

The journey of artist/ potter Hazem Al Zubi is only an extension of these hands that became professional in dealing with the clay of earth, re-shaping it and recycling it to become these pieces of art that you touch with the eye, hand and heart.

Note to Editors:

About Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates:

Priding itself on offering guests innovative experiences, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has some of the most unique and stylish room products in the region. Fifteen stunning Ski Chalets marry sand and snow, offering views of the Arabian Gulf on one side and ski slopes on the other. The über-sleek Executive Tower Suites and the luxurious Presidential Suite are an exercise in modern elegance and provide an exclusive haven for discerning guests. Each of the hotel’s 393 deluxe rooms and suites is equipped with a large plasma flat-screen TV with access to 80 international satellite channels, as well as a DVD and multi-media player. In addition, all rooms have a fully furnished dining area as well as stylish and well-appointed marble bathrooms.

About Kempinski: 

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014.

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