2016: Bratislava, Slovakia

From June 30 until November 9, more than 60 Cobra works were presented at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. The presentation, European Stars, was combined with a presentation of works by Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) and focused on the stylistic and methodological links between them. Miró and the Cobra group both experimented with a range of artistic styles. On the afternoon of Thursday 30 June Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the exhibition ‘European Stars: Miró and Cobra’ at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia. The exhibition’s opening also marked the Netherlands’ handover of the rotating six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union to Slovakia.

2015: Muscat, Oman

From March through May 2015, Bait al Zubair hosted the exhibition The Colors of Cobra in Bait al Nahdah. The show received fantastic response by visitors, press and officials, including, H.E. Syed Badr Bin Hamad Bin Hamood, other guests from the Omani government, the Ambassador to the Netherlands, and the Dutch minister of Culture. The guestbook is signed with statements such as “Breathtaking! Thank you for bringing the exhibition all the way to Oman” and “ Fantastic! Thank you for bringing it over and giving us the opportunity to show it to our children.” Aside from providing worksheets for families that visited the exhibition, we also worked closely with the Ministry of Education to bring over 50 schools from all over Oman to see the show. Prior to the opening, the Cobra museum presented an intensive seminar for art teachers from Omani schools. The national newspaper Times of Oman published a  series of articles on the show: 29-01-2015, 19-02-2015, 7-3-2015 and 8-5-2015.

2015: Sharjah, UAE

The exhibion Cobra: 1000 Days of Free Art was opened at the Sharjah Art Museum on September 9, 2015 by Guest of Honor Sheikh Salim bin Abdulrehman Al-Qasemi, director of the Ruler’s Office & lid van de Royal Family van Sharjah, and in the presence of  Zaki A. Nusseibeh (Cultural Advisor for the Ministry of Presidential Affairs of the UAE), Lotte Schippers (Deputy Consul General & Head of Economic Department for the Kingdom of the Netherlands) en Manal Ataya (Director General of Sharjah Museums Department). The show focuses on the historical importance of Cobra and shows works by 4 Dutch Cobra artists, Karel Appel, Constant, Eugene Brands and Lucebert. A poem by Lucebert was translated into Arabic for the exhibition. More photos on Instagram and Facebook.