Exhibitions


Art Sudan: Ibrahim Salahi & Mohammad Omar Khalil

 

13 December 2011 - 29 February 2012

Art Sudan exhibits the work of Ibrahim Salahi (b. 1930, Omdurman) and Mohammad Omar Khalil (b. 1936, Buri), pioneers of modern art in Sudan and the region. Having studied in Sudan and Europe, both artists through their work have forged a technical link between Western art practices and their cultural heritage. Salahi is renowned for his early experiments with the Arabic letter, exploring its semantic roots and aesthetic qualities in his work. Using art as a way of communicating social and topical issues, Salahi highlights the significance of the artist's role in greater society. Khalil, who has studied printmaking and fresco painting, creates collage compositions from readymade objects to examine the traditional symbolism of the Arab world, creating a dialogue between his heritage and contemporary techniques. Both artists' work have been exhibited worldwide and is held in international collections including the British Museum, London; MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha.      

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Art in Iraq Today: Conclusion (Sponsored by Crescent Petroleum)

 

13 November - 3 December 2011

Meem Gallery is pleased to present the conclusion show of the Art in Iraq Today exhibition series. The exhibition will include selected works by the artists displayed during Parts I-V of the series (held from October 2010 - May 2011). The show, curated by Dia Azzawi and Charles Pocock, and its supporting publication, is dedicated to the memory of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra and his seminal essays on modern Iraqi art, titled 'Art in Iraq Today'. A group show of the artists' work will also open at the Beirut Exhibition Center on 23 November (organized by Solidere, Meem Galley and Rula Alami Zaki).

The opening of the exhibition will also coincide with the launch of the book Art in Iraq Today, published by Skira and Meem Editions and sponsored by Crescent Petroleum) which will also take place on 17 November 2011 at Abu Dhabi Art, and then at the opening of the Beirut Exhibition Centre show. The bilingual publication (produced in English and Arabic) includes essays on the represented artists, artist statements and exhibitions lists, bibliography and colour plates of the works exhibited at Meem.

Exhibiting Artists

Modhir Ahmed, Dia Azzawi, Ahmed Al-Bahrani, Amar Dawod, Ghassan Ghaib, Ali Jabbar, Halim Karim, Nedim Kufi, Hanaa Malallah, Rafa Nasiri, Mahmoud Obaidi, Kareem Risan, Delair Shaker, Ali Talib, and Nazar Yahya.

Publication

Art in Iraq Today

(published by Skira and Meem Editions, sponsored by Crescent Petroleum)

This publication is an outgrowth of the Art in Iraq Today exhibition series held at Meem Gallery. It brings together a group of Iraqi artists with varying working methodologies, whom are united in their experience of exile. Having spent their formative years as artists in Iraq, this book documents their continuing contribution to Iraqi art, and highlights its importance in contemporary Middle Eastern art history. Although the artists examined in this publication are now part of the Iraqi diaspora, their work demonstrates the enduring talent of two generations of artists whose work represents Iraqi art today.

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Abu Dhabi Art: Dia Azzawi & Parviz Tanavoli

 

16 - 19 November 2011, Manarat Al Saadiyat (Booth A13)

At this year's Abu Dhabi Art, Meem Gallery will exhibit two major works by modern Middle Eastern masters Dia Azzawi and Parviz Tanavoli. Azzawi's mural-sized painting Elegy To My Trapped City (2011) represents the decades of warfare and hardship endured by Baghdad and its people. Comprised of haunting composite monochrome forms, this work also pays homage to Al-Bayati's poem of the same title. Tanavoli's aluminium Big Heech (1973) is part of the fair's 'Beyond' section. The work, which is an outdoor, installation piece, is one of the few heech sculptures constructed out of metal.

ART IN IRAQ TODAY PANEL & BOOK LAUNCH AT ABU DHABI ART 2011

Panel: Abu Dhabi Art Talk: The Legacy of Iraqi Art

Abu Dhabi Art Book Launch: Art in Iraq Today

17 November

Following the Abu Dhabi Art panel discussion, 'The Legacy of Iraqi Art' (featuring artists Dia Azzawi, Mahmoud Obaidi and Halim Karim, moderated by Nada Shabout, Associate Professor of Art History, University of North Texas) Meem Gallery will launch the publication Art in Iraq Today (co-published by Skira and Meem Editions, sponsored by Crescent Petroleum).

Al Noor Institute of Middle Eastern Art (NIMEA) will display Al Noor Library for public viewing 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 Palestine: Nabil Anani, Sliman Mansour, Tayseer Barakat

 

5 October - 5 November 2011

Art Palestine, curated by Rula Alami Zaki and Charles Pocock, exhibits the recent work of contemporary Palestinian artists Nabil Anani, Tayseer Barakat and Sliman Mansour. Through their work each artist reflects on the occupation of Palestine, iconography related to their culture, as well as current regional topical and political issues such as the recent Middle East uprisings. Anani's work focuses on the symbolism of the olive tree, a major component of Palestine's landscape. For him, the destruction of the olive tree by Israeli forces refelcts the plight of the people living under the occupation. While, Barakat describes his work as 'a mosaic of images', which explores the recent uprisings, Palestine's history and his personal struggle with living under the occupation. He states: 'The chanting of the uprisings across Arab streets has recovered my shattered soul from the alleys of exile and my deep desire to return home.' Mansour draws inspiration from the subject of the olive tree, and has focused on the theme of 'land' since 1970. His recent work is centred on the individual figure to convey the 'different states of exhausting anticipation or loss', resulting from his experience of living under the occupation.

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Art in Iraq Today: Part V

 

25 April - 31 May 2011

This is the final part of the Art in Iraq Today series, displaying contemporary Iraqi art. Curated by Dia Azzawi, Part V will exhibit the recent work of Ali Jabbar, Halim Karim and Mahmoud Obaidi. 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'. Art in Iraqi: Part I, held in October 2010, exhibited the recent work of Modhir Ahmed, Nedim Kufi and Hanaa Malallah; Part II, in November 2010, displayed the work of Ghassan Ghaib, Kareem Risan and Nazar Yahya; Part III, which opened in February, showcased the paintings of Himat M. Ali, Amar Dawod and Delair Shaker; and Part IV exhibited the work of modern masters Dia Azzawi, Rafa Nasiri (both founders of the New Vision Group in 1969) and Ali Talib. The exhibition series finale show will take place in November this year. Meem Editions will also be launching the book Art in Iraq Today, which is an outgrowth of the gallery's Iraqi art project, featuring essays by the exhibited artists as well as May Muzaffar, Farouk Yousif, Nada Shabout, Georges Rabbath, Charles Pocock and Samar Faruqi, later this year.

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Art in Iraq Today: Part IV

 

14 March - 18 April 2011

This is the fourth part of the five-part exhibition series, Art in Iraq Today, displaying contemporary Iraqi art. Curated by Dia Azzawi, Part IV will exhibit the recent work of Dia Azzawi, Rafa Nasiri (both founders of the New Vision Group in 1969) and Ali Talib. 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 V (25 April-31 May 2011), will exhibit the work of Ali Jabbar, Halim Karim and Mahmoud Obaidi. Part I, held in October 2010, exhibited the recent work of Modhir Ahmed, Nedim Kufi and Hanaa Malallah; Part II, which was held in November 2010, displayed the work of Ghassan Ghaib, Kareem Risan and Nazar Yahya; Part III, which opened in February, showcased the paintings of Himat M. Ali, Amar Dawod and Delair Shaker.

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Art in Iraq Today: Part III

 

7 February - 3 March 2011

Art in Iraq Today: Part III is the third part of five exhibitions displaying contemporary Iraqi. Curated by Dia Azzawi, this exhibition displays the work of Himat M. Ali, Amar Dawod and Delair Shaker. 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 TodayPart IV (March-Apr 2011), will exhibit the work of modern masters Dia Azzawi, Rafa Nasiri and Ali Talib. Part V (April-May), the work of Ali Jabbar, Halim Karim and Mahmoud Obaidi. Part I, held in October 2010, exhibited the recent work of Modhir Ahmed, Nedim Kufi and Hanaa Malallah; and Part II, which was held in November 2010, displayed the work of Ghassan Ghaib, Kareem Risan and Nazar Yahya.

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