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Arab Modernities

  • Espace Claude Lemand 70 avenue Jean Moulin Ave Paris, IDF, 75014 France (map)

The Centre Pompidou renewed the pre­sen­ta­tion of his Modern Art col­lec­tions in Modernites Plurielles. This new exhi­bi­tion shows works from all over the World, including the works of some artists from the Arab World. On the occa­sion of the 25th Anniversary of his gallery, founded in October 1988, Claude Lemand will be show­casing works by 12 Arab Masters:

 Shafic Abboud (Lebanon), 
 Hamed Abdalla (Egypt),
 Youssef Abdelke (Syria), 
 Etel Adnan (Lebanon), 
 Dia Al-Azzawi (Iraq), 
 Farid Belkahia (Morocco), 
 Abdallah Benanteur (Algeria), 
 Mahjoub Ben Bella (Algeria), 
 Chaouki Choukini (Lebanon)
 Abdelkader Guermaz (Algeria), 
 Najia Mehadji (Morocco), 
 Hamed Nada (Egypt).

Most of these artists chose Paris, tem­porarily or per­ma­nently, as the cap­ital of their life, of their cre­ation and of their inter­na­tional outreach. The broad-minded open­ness of Paris to the uni­versal (from 1900 and more­over after 1945) is also the brand of the gallery, that was founded in 1988.

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.