Team shortlist10 Feb 2016 AT 05:39 PM

Al Quoz launches an epic new gallery

M.A.D. celebrates the marriage of art and engineering
Team shortlist10 Feb 2016 AT 05:39 PM
Chicara Nagata’s motorcycles
Chicara Nagata’s motorcycles
Xia Hang’s kinetic sculptures
Xia Hang’s kinetic sculptures
Frank Buchwald’s lighting
Frank Buchwald’s lighting
Quentin Carnaille’s timepieces
Quentin Carnaille’s timepieces

You often hear a sleek Italian sports car described as a work of art – and there’s a strong argument that the design, construction and final assembly of so many moving parts is more than mere mechanics.


The newly opened M.A.D. Gallery in Al Quoz takes the association further, celebrating artworks in which engineering is front and centre. From futuristic motorcycles to Flash Gordon-like lamps, the new space celebrates what the owners call “kinetic art”.


The people behind it are MB&F, themselves innovative watchmakers from Switzerland, and local watch distributor Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. “We saw the M.A.D. Gallery as the perfect platform to showcase kinetic art by creators we greatly admire,” said the founder of MB&F, Maximilian Büsser. “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.”

4 things to look out for

Chicara Nagata’s motorcycles
The Japanese artist starts each of his pieces with a vintage engine, which he then blends with up to 500 self-manufactured components to create these futuristic sculptures.

Xia Hang’s kinetic sculptures
His stainless steel creatures and tubular, otherworldly vehicles revolve around the theme of play – and viewers are encouraged to interact with them.

Frank Buchwald’s lighting
The former science fiction painter creates light fittings from as many as 200 individual components, using raw steel, brass and light tubes with partially visible filaments.

Quentin Carnaille’s timepieces
These sculpture-like works are created using thousands of vintage watch components which act as memorials, built to the glory of timepieces from the golden age.

M.A.D. Gallery
Where: Al Serkal Avenue Al Quoz
When: Daily 10am-7pm (closed Fridays)
Contact: +9714 330 7366, www.mbandf.com

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