Exhibitions


Ali Omar Ermes: Recent Works

 

20 December 2010 - 27 January 2011

Meem Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of the recent work of Ali Omar Ermes this December. Ali Omar, who is internationally renowned for his paintings based on Arabic literature and letterforms, exhibited his work at Meem in 2007 and we are delighted to present his second solo show at the gallery this winter.

The works exhibited at Meem Gallery date from 1993-2010 and display the ongoing inspiration Ali Omar Ermes derives from the aesthetic form and meaning of the Arabic letter. Like many of the paintings in the artist's oeuvre, this collection encourages viewers to engage with the powerful presence and etymology of the letter, using excerpts from poetry to reinforce the cultural significance of language. Poetic and literary references - in this collection he cites poets such as Ibrahim Al Bassary, Abi Tammam, Trafah Daiwan, Majani Al Adab, Al Qutami, Muhamed Ben Hani and Al Mutannabi - also highlight Ali Omar's interest in larger social and cultural issues and reflect the artist's interest in faith and spirituality.

Paintings such as Ghayatul Ghayn (2010) focus on the single Arabic letter, accompanied by poetic excerpts in smaller text. In this work, the importance of valuing the importance of endeavour and the pursuit of hard work is highlighted through the poetry of Ahmed Shawqi: 'It is not by wishful thinking that you accomplish your dreams, as life is a struggle to win favour and defeat negativities' (Daiwan and Moajam Al Abyaat Al Shahira).

Another work that will feature in the exhibition is Peace Means Justice (2010) which includes script from twenty-three different languages including Arabic, Latin, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Chinese, Javanese, English, French, Hausa, Swahili, Bengali, Urdu, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Turkish, Kwanyama, German, Greek andJapanese. The text, translated from Arabic, states: 'Implement justice in the world and you gain peace on earth.'

The Seven Odes of Arabic poetry, Al Muallaqat Al Sabaa (Prize Poems), is the inspiration for two works that will be displayed at Meem, titled The Fifth Ode and The Seventh Ode (1993). These paintings are part of a seven part series that celebrate the Prize Poems, verses which are particularly relevant in Arabic literature.

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Art in Iraq Today: Part II

 

15 November - 12 December 2010

This is the second part of four exhibitions displaying contemporary Iraqi art. Curated by Dia Azzawi, Art in Iraq Today: Part II exhibits the work of Ghassan Ghaib, Kareem Risan and Nazar Yahya. The exhibition, and its supporting catalogue, is dedicated to the memory of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra and his important essays on modern Iraqi art, titled 'Art in Iraq Today'. Part III (Feb-Mar 2011) will exhibit the work of Himat Ali, Amar Dawod and Delair Shaker; and Part IV (Mar-Apr 2011), modern masters Dia Azzawi, Rafa Al-Nasiri and Ali Talib. Part I, held in October, exhibited the recent work of Modhir Ahmed, Nedim Kufi and Hanaa Malallah.

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Abu Dhabi Art: Dia Azzawi & Parviz Tanavoli

 

4 - 7 November 2010

Emirates Palace

Booth C10

 Dia Azzawi & Parviz Tavoli Joint Exhibition

At Abu Dhabi Art 2010, Meem Gallery presents a joint exhibition of the work of Dia Azzawi and Parviz Tanavoli. The display includes paintings and fiberglass sculptures by Azzawi from 2006-2010, and Tanavoli's bronze sculptures from 2005-2010. This was the first year the gallery is participating in the Abu Dhabi Art Fair. 

 Book Launch

Location: Auditorium

6 November, 3.00-4.30 pm (including panel discussion)

Following the panel discussion 'Art from Iraq and Iran?' (panel members: Dia Azzawi, Parviz Tanavoli, Dr. Nada Shabout, University of Texas and Dr. Shiva Balaghi, Brown University, moderated by Philip Kennedy, Faculty Director, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute) Meem Gallery will launch two major monographs on the artists Azzawi and Tanavoli.

Al Noor Libarary at Abu Dhabi Art

Al Noor Institute of Middle Eastern Art (NIMEA) will display Al Noor Library for public viewing for the first time at this year's Abu Dhabi Art. Established in 2010, NIMEA is an outgrowth of the Al Noor Library (initiated in 2002) and Meem Gallery (launched in 2007). The institute's aim is to encourage public appreciation of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art, and to preserve the legacy of the region's artists through the archiving, creation and collection of important resources and research material.

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Art in Iraq Today: Part I

 

12 October - 11 November 2010

Meem Gallery is pleased to present the first part of five exhibitions displaying contemporary Iraqi art. Curated by Dia Azzawi, Art in Iraq Today: Part I exhibits the work of Modhir Ahmed, Nedim Kufi and Hanaa Malallah. The exhibition, and its supporting catalogue, is dedicated to the memory of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra and his important essays on modern Iraqi art, titled 'Art in Iraq Today'. Part II (Nov-Dec 2010) of the series, will exhibit the work of Ghassan Ghaib, Kareem Risan and Nazar Yahya; Part III (Feb-Mar 2011): Himat M. Ali, Amar Dawod and Delair Shaker; Part IV (Mar-Apr 2011), the modern masters Dia Azzawi, Rafa Nasiri and Ali Talib; and Part V (Apr-May 2011), Ali Jabbar, Halim Karim and Mahmoud Obaidi.

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Pooya Aryanpour and Morteza Darehbaghi

 

22 February - 11 April 2010

Meem Gallery presents a joint exhibition displaying the work of Iran's leading contemporary artists Pooya Aryanpour (b. 1971, Tehran) and Morteza Darehbaghi (b. 1969, Tehran). Both artists studied at Azad University in Tehran and have held exhibitions in Iran, UAE, UK and US. Aryanpour's recent work explores the rotation of fluid circular forms which taper off into sharp edged points, which he describes as 'cutting objects', while tradition and symbols from religious rituals are constant sources of inspiration for Darehbaghi.
 

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