I Thought the Streets Were Paved with Gold is the first solo exhibition in the Middle East of works by the revered, late Filipina artist Pacita Abad. The show brings together exuberant signature works – from her colourful trapunto embroideries to major paintings, with a focus on four main bodies of work including Masks and Spirits series (1979 – 1991), the Immigrant Experience (1983-1995), the Door to life series (1998-2003) and abstract works (1985-2002) – that together span abstraction to social realism, taking the exhibition visitor on a compelling journey from Manila to Hong Kong, via New York, Sanaa and beyond. The exhibition is accompanied by a public programme, publication and a free Tagalog resources available online.
Open to all
September 8, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Ground Floor, Jameel Arts Centre, Al Jaddaf, Dubai – UAE
Price or fee
Free entry


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