Art Exhibitions


The 2017 season will start with an exhibition around the works of the young Lebanese talent Ali Chaaban. At 25, Ali is already identified as one of the contemporary artists with the most interesting potential of the region. His work around nostalgia and exile will be complemented by an exclusive installation for the Cantine du Faubourg around the theme of the carpet.

Discover Ali Chaaban


The “Godfather of Street Art” Richard Hambleton’s original works make Dubai debut at La Cantine du Faubourg !

La Cantine du Faubourg, in collaboration with Nicholas Spree from Woodbury Art, welcomes November’s art scene wih the story of Richard Hambleton, the flashpoint of the Downtown New York art movement, close friends of the late Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat… An elusive genius !

Richard Hambleton is recognized as one of the most legendary pop expressionists in history. His work is world-renowned for having permeated the collective consciousness of its viewers as the largest social experiment through art. On his work, Hambleton has been quoted : “… what makes them exciting is the power of the viewer’s imagination – that split second experience when you see the figures, that matters.”

We are truly humbled to bring to Dubai, for the first time, the artwork of such an amazing painter. Richard Hambleton has influenced many of today’s best-known street artists, including Bansky and Blek le Rat. La Cantine du Faubourg is a unique setting for Richard Hambleton’s work and underscores our commitment to the arts.
On November 16, we will unveil three never-before-seen original pieces and ten limited editions 1/50, reminding us of the vulnerability and intensity of human life.


La Cantine du Faubourg welcomed March 2016’s art scene with Nadine Kanso, who in herself and through her work, is the DNA of Dubai.  Lebanon is her country of birth, Dubai has become her world of expression.

She has experienced the city’s creative awakening and enthusiastic expansion over the past 17 years.  From her roots to her new home of adoption, Nadine Kanso’s work explores new ways to express what it means to be an Arab in today’s world.  Crying out Beirut’s dualism of both suffering and joy, underlining Dubai’s ambivalent shapes, both extravagantly materialistic and humanly authentic.

Her message is a message of optimism, written out in the ancient art of calligraphy, throughout her photography, collages and now, the walls of La Cantine du Faubourg.  This creative dialogue masterfully confronts issues of cultural identity, offering very personal insight yet allowing room for the individual to ponder.

Nadine Kanso is a multimedia artist: from her jewelry brand Bil Arabi, to her photography, collages and designs, a single voice rises, one that questions the diversities of the Arab world through a single positive expression of hope; this is why La Cantine du Faubourg will donate 50% of the proceeds to the Hamdan International Photography Award.



French contemporary artist Kokian; known for his opinionated image-word-color associations and insolent graffiti works is back with a highly anticipated series of artists to exhibit at Dubai’s newest gem: La Cantine du Faubourg, the Parisian lifestyle destination in Emirates Towers.

Kokian has used one of the venue’s walls as a canvas for his Basquiat-infused energy. Several pieces of art made especially for La Cantine du Faubourg are exhibited throughout the summer.  Guests can experience his vibrant, unleashed expressions, while enjoying the famous institution’s modern music, state-of-the-art lighting, futuristic movie screenings and urban French cuisine, all in an electrifying atmosphere.

“La Cantine du Faubourg is an up-beat rendezvous with the arts.  Eat with your eyes, feed your soul and watch us showcase today’s most audacious photographers, painters, sculptors, musicians and singers”, said Rizwan Kassim, owner, La Cantine du Faubourg, Dubai.  “It is only natural we exhibit  Kokian, as he was the first talent brought to La Cantine du Faubourg in Paris more than 15 years ago. Today, his black and white signature is inherent as an ’in-house’ artist: from menus, to business cards and even canopies.”

French artist Kokian – born in Paris in 1971 – spent his childhood in Burma and Morocco, before moving back to France.  Raised at the crossroads of Asian and Moorish cultures, he clashed with the Western-European world on his return to France.  This led to a life of solitude, which explains his denunciation of social injustices.  Kokian then moved to New York, where he experienced an artistic rebirth, forging his socially-committed street art.  His work is now renowned worldwide and can be found in numerous galleries from Paris to New York and Moscow.