Arab PrintVolume III 4 Jul - 30 Sep 2017 In Arab Print Volume III, rare prints by Assadour, Munira Al Kazi, Ahmed Morsi, Ibrahim Salahi, Hashem Samarchi and the late Ismail Fattah have been brought together in the third installment of a series of exhibitions aiming to further the understanding of an important but often neglected art form in the region.
Sohrab Sepeheri9 Mar - 20 May 2017 Meem Gallery presents a rare group of works by Sohrab Sepehri from the early 1960s. One of Iran's
foremost Modernist painters and poets, Sepehri's work is best known for its natural subject matter and
muted palette. In contrast, this collection of paintings and gouache of paper works demonstrate the
artist's often overlooked versatility of form and mastery of colour.
AddolcendoKamal Boullata 16 Jan - 28 Feb 2017 Titled Addolcendo, the exhibition takes its name from the title of the main body of work to be displayed. The Addolcendo series comprises of a group of intimate works on paper, which are created by employing the pochoir technique, as a method for painting instead of printmaking, as it was originally used in the early 20th Century in Paris. The result of this technique, combined with Boullata’s ubiquitous style, is seemingly three-dimensional works that force the viewer to slow down, to study, to soften. The vivid use of colour draws the viewer’s eyes across the composition, stopping abruptly and starting again as colour fields develop, and then break. As Dorothea Schoene notes in her essay, On The poetics of Composition: Kamal Boullata’s Addolcendo Series (Page 25, Addolcendo exhibition catalogue, Meem Editions 2017), “the choice of the pochoir technique creates the illusion of a folded and unfolded paper”.
My Broken DreamDia Azzawi 8 Nov 2016 - 10 Jan 2017 My Broken Dream has taken over two years to complete, and was made alongside Five Children Playing Football, currently on view as part of Azzawi’s retrospective at Al Riwaq and Mathaf, Qatar Museums; I Am the Cry, Who Will Give Voice to Me? As part of a series of black and white, large -‐scale works, My Broken Dream acts as a manifesto of sorts; a reaction against and commentary upon the US invasion of Iraq.
I am the cry, who will give voice to me? Dia Azzawi: A Retrospective (from 1963 until tomorrow)16 Oct 2016 - 16 Apr 2017 Curated by the Centre Pompidou’s Deputy Director Catherine David, the exhibition was designed for two spaces, with two focuses that arise from a shared starting point. One side of the exhibition looks at Azzawi’s relationship with politics in Iraq and within the Arab World; whereas the second exhibition space considers the relationship between text and image throughout Azzawi’s oeuvre.