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Born in Baghdad, 1939

EDUCATION

1962

BA in Archaeology, Baghdad University, Baghdad

1964

Diploma in Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1965

Al-Wasiti Gallery, Baghdad

1966

Gallery One, Beirut

1969

Sultan Gallery, Kuwait

1973

Gallery Raslan, Tripoli, Lebanon

1975

Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad

1976

Gallery Nadhar, Casablanca

1977

Sultan Gallery, Kuwait

1978

Patrick Seale Gallery, London

1980

Galerie Faris, Paris

Galerie Centrale, Geneva

1981

Art Basel, Galerie Faris, Paris

FIAC, Galerie Faris, Paris

1982

Intercontinental Hall, Abu Dhabi

1983

Sabra and Shatila, National Council for Art and Culture Gallery, Kuwait

1984

Alif Gallery, Washington, DC

1986

Royal Cultural Centre, Amman 

1988

Galerie Claudine Planque, Lausanne

1990

Alif Gallery, Washington, DC

Galleri Nakita, Stockholm

Vanazff Gallery, Gothenburg

Galerie des Art, Tunis

Galerie 50x70, Beirut

1992

Flandria Gallery, Tangier

1994

Al-Manar Gallery, Casablanca

Ab’aad Gallery, Amman

Galerie 50x70, Beirut

Al-Sayed Gallery, Damascus 

1995

Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris

1996

Art Centre, Bahrain

2002

Azzawi Retrospective, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

2003

Palestine and Mahmoud Darwish: Large Polyptychs, Drawings, Prints and Books, Cité du Livre, Aix-en-Provence

2004

Recent Paintings, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris

St’Art - Strasbourg Art Fair, Galerie Claude Lemand, Strasbourg

2006

Prints and Sculptures, 4 Walls Gallery, Amman

New Prints, Kalemmat Gallery, Aleppo

New Paintings, Dar Al-Funoon Gallery, Kuwait

New Prints, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris 

2009

Retrospective, ADMAF, Sixth Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Recent Paintings, Meem Gallery, Dubai

A Retrospective Collection: Works from 1979 to 2007, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris

2012

Facing History: Dia al-Azzawi and Leon Golub, Tate Modern, London

Elegy To My Trapped City, Meem Gallery, Dubai

Dia Al-Azzawi, Oriental Gardens, Recent Paintings, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris

2013

Bilad al-Sawad and Other Works, Art Paris, Grand Palais, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris

2014

Frieze Masters, Meem Gallery, London

2015

Something Different: Sculpture and Tapestry, Meem Gallery, London

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi

Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris

British Museum, London

Arab Development Fund, Kuwait

Fondation Colas, Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris

Gulbenkian Collection, Barcelona

Harba Collection, Iraq and Italy

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Jeddah International Airport

Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman

Kinda Foundation, Saudi Arabia

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad

Museum of Modern Art, Damascus

Museum of Modern Art, Tunis

The Saudi Bank, London

Una Foundation, Casablanca

The United Bank of Kuwait, London

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Tate Modern, London

The World Bank, Washington, DC

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1967

First International Triennial, New Delhi 

1971

Contemporary Arab Art, National Museum, Nicosia

1975

Seventh International Painting Festival, Cagnes-sur-Mer

International Summer Academy, Salzburg

1976

Second Arab Art Biennial, São Paulo

1980

Salon de Mat, Paris

FIAC, Galerie Faris, Paris

Salon d’Automne, Espace Cardin, Paris 

1981

Seventh International Grafik Triennial, Frechen

1984

British International Print Biennial, Bradford

First Arab Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Tunis

1985

Musée Hubert d’Uckerman, Grenoble

1986

Salon Comparaisons, Grand Palais, Paris

Semitic Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Contemporary Arab Art, The Mall Gallery, London

1987

Third International Biennial Exhibition, Taiwan

1988

Olympiad of Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

Azzawi, Jumaie, Nasiri, Kufa Gallery, London

1989

Contemporary Art from the Islamic World, Barbican Centre, London

Arab Graphic Art, NCCL, Kuwait

1997

Five Visual Interpretations, Green Art Gallery, Dubai

1998

Azzawi & Nasiri, Galerie La Teinturerie, Paris

2001

Machreq - Maghreb: Paintings and Books, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris

2002

The Kinda Foundation Collection, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

2003

Fondation Colas, Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris

Broken Letter, Contemporary Art from Arab Countries, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt 

2004

Art Books and Painting, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris

2005

Homage to Shafic Abboud, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris

Dafatir. Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas

Improvisation: Seven Iraqi Artists, Bissan Gallery, Doha, Al-Riwaq Gallery, Manama, and 4 Walls Gallery, Amman

2006

Portraits of the Bird, Festival of Arts, Bastia, Corsica

Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London

Dafatir. Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota; Minnesota Centre for Book Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota; University of Texas, El Paso, Texas; Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia

2007

Dafatir. Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, The Centre for Book Arts, New York; Minneapolis Athenaeum, Minneapolis, Minnesota; NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, Illinois; The Jaffe Centre for Book Arts, Boca Raton, Florida

2008

Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai

Iraq’s Past Speaks to the Present, British Museum, London

Iraqi Artists in Exile, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas

Dafatir. Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, Denison University, Granville, Ohio

2009

Modernism and Iraq, Columbia University, Wallach Art Gallery, New York

2010

Dia Al-Azzawi and Parviz Tanavoli, Abu Dhabi Art, Meem Gallery, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

My Home Land, Art Sawa, Dubai

Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

Interventions: A Dialogue Between the Modern and the Contemporary, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

2011

Art in Iraq Today: Part IV, Meem Gallery, Dubai

Art in Iraq Today: Conclusion, Solidere, Beirut Art Center, Beirut and Meem Gallery, Dubai

Elegy To My Trapped City, Abu Dhabi Art, Meem Gallery, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

Mashreq Maghreb: Paintings, Sculptures and Prints, CAP, Kuwait

2012

Meem Projects 2012. Part 1: Letters in Art. Part 2: Modern Arab Art, Meem Gallery, Abu Dhabi Art, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

2013

Meem Projects 2013. Part 1: Modern Arab Art. Part 2: Contemporary Arab Art – How Do You Sleep At Night?, Meem Gallery, Abu Dhabi Art, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

Modern Iraqi Art: A Collection, Meem Gallery, Dubai

Tajreed (Abstract Arab Art), CAP, Kuwait

Painting, Sculptures and Projects Garden, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

2014

Children of Gaza (in benefit of Salam ya Seghar in partnership with Save the Children), Meem Gallery, Dubai

Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions, Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Arab Modernities, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris

Art Paris, Grand Palais, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris

Sky Over the East: Works from the Collection of Barjeel Art Foundation, International Museum Day, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, Abu Dhabi

2015

Picasso in Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

Picasso.Mania, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France