ABOUTOblong Contemporary is an Italian Art Gallery primarily involved in promoting contemporary art, operating both locally and on the international art platform. Oblong gallery’s mission is to create a successful global arena for culture, represented by its headquarters in Dubai and Forte dei Marmi, and now in Florence, Italy. Bringing its strong Italian culture and tradition, Oblong functions as an artistic bridge between the UAE and Italy.It is a place of cultural exchange, exhibiting some of the highest quality artworks and giving a platform to artists from the region as well as hosting a strong programme of workshops, educational initiatives and a cross-cultural art exchange program between Dubai and Pietrasanta (Italy).
The founders of OBLONG Contemporary Gallery are two entrepreneurial women: Emanuela Venturini and Paola Marucci who have shared a vision and combined their love for art and culture to create a platform for cross-cultural exchange between the UAE and Italy.
The name of the gallery was derived from the ‘oblong’ shape. An 'oblong' is a shape which has two long sides and two short sides, and in which all the angles are right angles. Playing on the correspondences between the two elements of the shape, not only Oblong Contemporary builds on the two personalities of the founders, as a representation of their different backgrounds and characters. The name of the shape also highlights the interaction between the Italian culture and the UAE identity, which come together in expressing a genuine love for art. Two different worlds, that meet and find harmony through ART.
Message from the Founders
"I believe art is an instrument for social and cultural integration through which the differences between cultures are merged. The UAE is becoming the center of art in the Middle East, thanks to the vision of its respective leaders who have embraced art in different ways. I envision OBLONG Contemporary Gallery to boost the art scene in Dubai and the UAE through the different exhibitions, workshops and activities that we will offer." - Paola Marucci
Marucci is an entrepreneur who has lived in Pietrasanta for the past 20 years and carries experience in culture and tourism.
"Dubai has a vibrant art scene and is home to galleries that showcase single and individual projects, paving the way for artists to highlight their work. OBLONG Contemporary Gallery will promote modern and contemporary international art, bringing the works of the world’s famous sculptors to Dubai, allowing artists and sculpture lovers to appreciate the art in a completely different manner." -Emanuela Venturini
Venturini, an architect and curator whose experience in interiors is combined with a love of art and artists.
OBLONG and Pietrasanta
The medieval town of Pietrasanta is known as the "City of Artists" given its deep roots in Italy's legacy of art and sculpture. It is located near the Italian Riviera in northern Tuscany and has been home to artists and sculptors since the 15th century. Michelangelo himself was the first sculptor to be captivated by the beauty of the famous Italian marble in the region, nearby the Apuan Alps.
Embodied with culture and beautiful natural resources, Pietrasanta has gained the reputation of being an international hub for art and sculpture. Till today, internationally renowned contemporary artists from around the world, experience and utilize the local marble studios and bronze foundries, benefitting from the knowledge of master artisans.
With strong links to the Tuscan city of Pietrasanta, OBLONG will embody the DNA of this historic city and honour its rich heritage. The gallery will also promote courses and Masterclasses on sculpting techniques within the marble laboratories and foundries of the Versilian region.