Modern Masters: Iraqi works from the modernist era

10 January - 28 February 2018


This January Meem Gallery celebrates the start of 2018 with a group exhibition of

modernist Iraqi paintings. Including rare works by Faeq Hassan, Jewad Selim, Dia

Azzawi, Ismail Fattah, Khadem Hayder and Shakir Hassan Al Said, the exhibition

highlights these early masters and second generation pioneer artists, whose

careers continue to influence artists in Iraq and throughout the diaspora.


Highlights include an exceptional example of Jewad Selim's work, a figurative

painting from 1957 in light pastel tones, featuring a female figure in a domestic

setting. This rare work has not been seen publicly in many years, and is

accompanied by an undated work on paper by the same artist.


Another highlight is the early work on board by Ismail Fattah from 1961 - produced

while he was still studying at the Academia di Bella Arti in Rome. Titled "To Lisa

from Ismael" on the reverse in the artists hand, the work features a couple

embracing and shows a rare example of his early style*.