Exhibitions


My Broken Dream
Nov
16
to Jan 10

My Broken Dream

This November Meem Gallery, in association with Emirates Investment Bank, exhibits a monumental work by acclaimed Iraqi artist, Dia Azzawi. My Broken Dream is a truly colossal work, measuring over four meters in height, and ten in length. This monochromatic work dominates and devours both viewer and space, demanding a quiet and contemplative reflection.

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I am the cry, who will give voice to me? Dia Al-Azzawi: a Retrospective (from 1963 until tomorrow)
Oct
16
to Apr 16

I am the cry, who will give voice to me? Dia Al-Azzawi: a Retrospective (from 1963 until tomorrow)

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Qatar Museums’ Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and QM Gallery Al Riwaq will present I am the cry, who will give voice to me? Dia Azzawi: A Retrospective (From 1963 until tomorrow), opening on October 16th 2016 in Doha, Qatar. This monumental exhibition comprises of over 350 works by Azzawi, from early modernist works created in his native Baghdad, to contemporary pieces created in his London studio. 

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Picasso in Contemporary Art
Apr
1
to Jul 12

Picasso in Contemporary Art

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To mark the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, an extensive exhibition on the theme of »Picasso in Contemporary Art« will be held from April 1 to July 12, 2015. As the opening presentation in the Deichtorhallen’s intensively renovated and modernized Hall for Contemporary Art, the show is dedicated to the overwhelming spectrum of modern and contemporary artists’ perspectives on Picasso.

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Dia Azzawi at Art Dubai
Mar
18
to Mar 21

Dia Azzawi at Art Dubai

Meem Gallery will present a selection of key works by Iraqi modernist Dia Azzawi and Syrian master Marwan. Dia Azzawi is well known as a pioneer of modern Iraqi art and the works selected reflect a particular turning point in the artist’s oeuvre. Selecting unique works from the 1970s, the grouping will show the last works made by Azzawi in Iraq before his permanent move to the UK.

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555 Exhibition
Mar
15
to Jul 14

555 Exhibition

An exhibition that pays homage to the very first artists in residency in Qatar 15 years ago, it includes installations, photographs and videos of what Doha’s inaugural art residences were like, introducing visitors to a part of Qatar’s recent history that has never been shared so extensively before.

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Mathaf Collection. Summary, Part 1
Nov
1
to Jan 1

Mathaf Collection. Summary, Part 1

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The collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is the largest of modern and contemporary art in the region. Established in the early 1990s, it continues to grow and today contains more than 8,000 objects from the Arab world, Iran, Turkey and other regions historically connected to the Arab Peninsula.

Summary, Part 1 inaugurates the permanent display of Mathaf’s collection in the second-floor galleries with a first selection of 100 artists to give an overview of its breadth. The curatorial concept looks beyond traditional linear histories of art to highlight diverse attitudes, and contextualize intellectual production within multiple modernities.

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Dia Azzawi: Selected works 1964-1973
Oct
14
to Oct 19

Dia Azzawi: Selected works 1964-1973

Meem Gallery is pleased to announce the display of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi’s work at this year’s Frieze Masters. The exhibition is dedicated to the earlier works of the artist who is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern Arab art. Ten paintings from the period of 1964–1973 have been selected for Meem’s booth, displaying the artist’s creative output in the years when he was still a resident in his birthplace Baghdad, prior to his relocation to London in 1976.

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Dia Al-Azzawi. A Passion to Share.
Sep
11
to Nov 14

Dia Al-Azzawi. A Passion to Share.

’A fore­runner of Arab moder­nity which he con­tributed to define to a great extent, an eru­dite painter, sculptor, draughtsman and etcher, Dia Al-Azzawi has always firmly asserted the cul­tural her­itage of Arab civ­i­liza­tions and the enrol­ment of its use in con­tem­po­rary art.’ (Pascal Amel, Art Absolument)

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Portrait of the Non-Existent Bird
May
22
to Aug 31

Portrait of the Non-Existent Bird

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Paintings, draw­ings, sculp­tures, artist books and prints by the Artists:

Claude Aveline
Leonor Fini
Stanislao Lepri
Ossip Zadkine

Dia Al-Azzawi
Abdallah Benanteur
Franck Charlet
Chaouki Choukini
Saul Kaminer
Daniel Knoderer
Manabu Kochi
Boutros Al-Maari
Mario Murua
Nicolas d’Olce
Abderrahmane Ould Mohand
Sadko
Antonio Segui
Sophido
Tony Soulié
Hussein Tai
Vladimir Velickovic
Ossip Zadkine
Eduardo Zamora

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Dia Al-Azzawi, Recent Paintings. Massacres and Joie de vivre.
Mar
10
to Apr 30

Dia Al-Azzawi, Recent Paintings. Massacres and Joie de vivre.

A group of recent paint­ings that rep­re­sent the two main aspects of the oeuvre of the great Iraqi artist from London will be exhib­ited: one showing Picasso’s influ­ence in Azzawi’s works inspired by the slaugh­ters and other vio­lent events raging through the Arab World since decades, and the other wit­nessing the impact of Matisse in his more joyful and col­orful works that depict the ‘joie de vivre’ in Nature and in the Oriental Gardens.

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Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions - Picasso Museum - Barcelona
Mar
6
to Jun 29

Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions - Picasso Museum - Barcelona

This exhibition examines the responses of contemporary artists to the life and work of Pablo Picasso during the forty years since his death, in which his significance for contemporary artists has been controversial. It addresses the question of whether Picasso continues to be important for contemporary art and considers the variety of ways in which artists are engaging his art.

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Children of Gaza
Jan
27
to Feb 6

Children of Gaza

 In 2009 three international photographers with the support of Save the Children entered Gaza. For nearly two weeks the award winning photographers, Anthony Dawton, Jim McFarlane and Giuseppe Aquili photographed children and their families, victims of the Israeli incursion of 27 December 2008. The images are extraordinary. They tell of what happened and the damage done, physically and psychologically but they also tell of a people, particularly the children, bright, intelligent and full of hope. 

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Arab Modernities
Jan
6
to Feb 22

Arab Modernities

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French art critics and insti­tu­tions tended to ignore these artists or marginalize them. Yet they pro­duced orig­inal works, they lived and exhib­ited side by side to the great names of Post-War Art, and they are rep­re­sented in inter­na­tional Art Fairs and in both pri­vate and public art col­lec­tions in France and Europe since the 1970s. The Centre Pompidou brings jus­tice to some of these artists in its new exhi­bi­tion Modernites Plurielles.

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Abu Dhabi Art. Meem Projects 2013: Modern Arab Art & Contemporary Arab Art - How Do You Sleep At Night?
Nov
20
to Nov 23

Abu Dhabi Art. Meem Projects 2013: Modern Arab Art & Contemporary Arab Art - How Do You Sleep At Night?

At this year's Abu Dhabi Art Fair, held in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Meem Gallery will present the second instalment of the Meem Projects exhibition and publication series: Meem Projects 2013. The two-part exhibition explores the works of eleven important modern and contemporary Middle Eastern artists, displaying paintings, sculpture and mixed-media works. The first part of the display, Modern Arab Art, exhibits key works by modern artists Dia Azzawi, Ahmed Cherkaoui, Kadhem Hayder, M'Hamed Issiakhem, Rafik El Kamel, Louay Kayyali, Fateh Moudarres and Shakir Hassan Al Said. The second part, Contemporary Arab Art, showcases commissioned works produced under the title How Do You Sleep At Night? by artists Khaled Hafez, Jeffar Khaldi and Mahmoud Obaidi. 

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Arab Masterpieces
Jul
3
to Aug 3

Arab Masterpieces

Summer exhi­bi­tion, with works by seven Arab artists: 

Paintings by Shafic Abboud, Hamed Abdalla, Youssef Abdelké, Dia Al-Azzawi, Abdallah Benanteur, Mahjoub Ben Bella

Sculptures by Chaouki Choukini

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Modern Iraqi Art: A Collection
May
13
to Jun 27

Modern Iraqi Art: A Collection

Meem Gallery is pleased to present an extensive collection of works, including paintings and mixed-media compositions, by modern and contemporary Iraqi artists. Modern Iraqi Art: A Collection takes viewers through the decades of Iraq's modern and contemporary art production. The exhibition represents the creative output of three generations of artists, starting with the work of modern masters such as Faiq Hassan who, with Jewad Selim, pioneered the country's modern art scene and forged an artistic identity specific to Iraq. Second generation 'pioneer' artists like Dia Azzawi, Shakir Hassan Al Said and Ismail Fattah, who encouraged a pan-Arab focus for art during the late-1960s and 1970s, as well as a more theoretical approach to art-making, also feature in this collection. Completing the display is the work of the 'eighties generation' of artists, including Hanaa Malallah, Halim Karim and Mahmoud Obaidi, who were taught by the previous generation at the Institute and Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad, and bring with them an aesthetic that is rooted in Iraq's cultural heritage but simultaneously affected by the experience of exile.

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Dia Al-Azzawi, Painting and Poetry
Apr
17
to May 31

Dia Al-Azzawi, Painting and Poetry

At the begin­ning, my area of spe­cial­iza­tion was arche­ology. The human feel­ings pre­sent in Sumerian texts are iden­tical to those of today. Every text is simul­ta­ne­ously of its time and of all times. I found a sup­port for my feel­ings in Arab poetry, which is lin­guis­ti­cally so dense and visu­ally so rich. In the artists’ books, the painter adds a visual dimen­sion to the text’s lit­erary and con­cep­tual dimen­sion. Let us not forget that painted manuscripts rep­re­sent a large part of the cul­tural her­itage passed on by Arab civ­i­liza­tion. Literary texts helped me to elab­o­rate and invent my pic­to­rial sym­bols. In my paint­ings, the bird stands for freedom, trav­el­ling and exile. The horse sym­bol­izes heroism and the mis­sion, Ahmad the Arab from Mahmoud Darwish is the ‘hero’ also found in Sabra and Chatila… he pur­sues me every­where and always. These sym­bols helped me to syn­thetize my plastic visions, a fun­da­mental aspect in my cre­ativity.

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Tajreed – A selection of Arab Abstract Art 1908 – 1960
Mar
27
to May 27

Tajreed – A selection of Arab Abstract Art 1908 – 1960

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Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait proudly presents “Tajreed Part I: A Selection of Arab Abstract Art”, one of the biggest retrospectives that celebrate and map the abstract movement in the Arab world by featuring the works of 88 Arab artists during the Modern period. Covering artists born between 1908 and 1960, the first chapter of the exhibition presents a panorama of selectedartists and artworks chosen for their abstract nature. The show sheds light on an artistic production that culminated over 50 years of Arab art, but needs to be revisited and further researched after 3 decades of oblivion and neglect.

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Dia Al-Azzawi, An Itinerary. Gouaches (1978-2006).
Nov
22
to Dec 24

Dia Al-Azzawi, An Itinerary. Gouaches (1978-2006).

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An Itinerary is the title of two exhi­bi­tions of works by the great artist Dia Al-Azzawi to allow European col­lec­tors to see how rich is his pro­duc­tion since 50 years. The works are coming directly from his per­sonal col­lec­tion and most of them are exhib­ited for the first time in a gallery. Since 1995, the Claude Lemand Gallery has reg­u­larly been exhibiting Dia Al-Azzawi’s works in which the artist shows his pos­i­tive moder­nity, as well as his desire for art to con­tribute to everyone’s hap­pi­ness and to the birth of a new Arab civ­i­liza­tion which is in peace with itself and with other civ­i­liza­tions.

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Dia Al-Azzawi, An Itinerary. Paintings (1963-2011).
Nov
22
to Dec 24

Dia Al-Azzawi, An Itinerary. Paintings (1963-2011).

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An Itinerary is the title of two exhi­bi­tions of works by the great artist Dia Al-Azzawi to allow European col­lec­tors to see how rich is his pro­duc­tion since 50 years. The works are coming directly from his per­sonal col­lec­tion and most of them are exhib­ited for the first time in a gallery.

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Abu Dhabi Art. Meem Projects 2012: Modern Arab Art & Letters in Art
Nov
7
to Nov 11

Abu Dhabi Art. Meem Projects 2012: Modern Arab Art & Letters in Art

Modern Arab Art takes viewers through varying decades of twentieth-century modern Arab art production, starting with Al Said's work, El Norag of the 1920s, to an early work by Selim, c.1950, and an untitled gouache on paper by Cherkaoui executed in 1959; paintings by Louay Kayyali and Gazbia Sirry from 1960 and 1967; works by Dia Azzawi, Ismail Fattah, Mohamed Melehi and Fateh Moudarres created in the 1970s, and finally works dating from the 1980s by Al Said and Salahi. The exhibition also traverses geographical boundaries by bringing together artists from Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Sudan and Syria. The subject matter presented is equally diverse covering purely abstract work, the human form, genre scenes, landscape subjects and politically motivated works. Though the artists and subjects displayed are varied, this exhibition also highlights a number of intersections found in these artists' works and approaches, such as their interest in wedding traditional visual culture to a modern aesthetic.

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Masters of the Tondo. International exhibition 2012
Jun
28
to Jul 28

Masters of the Tondo. International exhibition 2012

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On the occa­sion of its eighth inter­na­tional exhi­bi­tion enti­tled Masters of the tondo, the Galerie Claude Lemand will dis­play the paint­ings of 18 con­tem­po­rary artists. Coming from dif­ferent geo­graphic, cul­tural and aes­thetic back­grounds, they all chose Paris, London or New York as their cap­ital of life, cre­ation and inter­na­tional growing suc­cess, whether it be tem­po­rary or per­ma­nent.

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Abu Dhabi Art: Dia Azzawi & Parviz Tanavoli
Nov
16
to Nov 19

Abu Dhabi Art: Dia Azzawi & Parviz Tanavoli

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.

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 Art in Iraq Today: Part IV
Mar
14
to Apr 18

Art in Iraq Today: Part IV

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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