MATHAF : ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, DOHA
Atrium and Galleries 4, 5 and 6
17 October 2018 – 16 February 2019
A ground-breaking exhibition curated by Mathaf Director Abdellah Karroum will present artists from the Arab World, Turkey, Iran and the diaspora. It investigates important moments of change in the history of modern and contemporary art; specifically the 1950s - 1960s Post-Independence era, followed by the period between 1970s - 1990s, and the Pre-revolutions of the 2000s when underground artistic movements developed in the region in response to the absence of freedom of expression.
Offering a historical narrative, Revolution Generations introduces artists as vital actors of social and cultural change in each of these periods of modern and contemporary history.
The exhibition is staged in three parts. Chapter one looks at the fight for independence in North Africa, the Middle East countries and beyond in the 1950s, and the beginning of new languages in art and literature. Chapter two shows works by artists who are part of the Pan-Arab cultural movement in the 1970s. Chapter three presents the generation of artists who prefigured the Arab Spring. They invented new vocabularies to portray these societies undergoing change.
Works on show are drawn from the extensive collection of Mathaf, alongside loans from international public and private collections, and from artists and galleries. The exhibition also includes archives, artist encounters and screenings.
Curator : Abdellah Karroum
Featured Artists : Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991), Turkey - Hussein Bicar (1913-2002), Egypt - Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916-2017), Lebanon - Hatem El Mekki (1918-2003), Tunisia - Fateh Moudarres (1922-1999), Syria - Inji Efflatoun (1924 -1989), Egypt - Shakir Hassan Al Said (1925-2004), Iraq - Etel Adnan (b. 1925), Lebanon - Jagdish Swaminathan (1928-1993), India - Jilali Gharbaoui (1930-1971), Morocco - Baya (1931-1998), Algeria - Burhan Karkoutly (1932-2003), Syria - Ahmed Cherkaoui (1934-1967), Morocco - Farid Belkahia (1934-2014), Morocco - Louay Kayali (1934-1978), Syria - Ismail Fattah (1934 -2004), Iraq - Mohamed Chebaa (1935-2013), Morocco - Abdullah Al Muharraqi (b. 1939), Bahrain - Dia Azzawi (b. 1939), Iraq - Simone Fattal (b. 1942) Syria - Kamal Boullata (b. 1942) Palestine - Jassim Zaini (1943-2012), Qatar - Mona Hatoum (b. 1952), Palestine - Yousef Ahmed (b. 1955), Qatar - Faraj Daham (b. 1956), Qatar - Shirin Neshat (b. 1957), Iran - Nazar Yahya (b. 1963), Iraq - Marwan Rechmaoui (b. 1964), Lebanon - Walid Raad (b.1967), Lebanon - Lara Baladi (b. 1969), Lebanon - Mounir Fatmi (b. 1970), Morocco - Marwan Sahmarani (b.1970), Lebanon - Sabhan Adam (b. 1973), Syria - Abdulnasser Gharem (b. 1973), Saudi Arabia - Amal Kenawy (1974-2012), Egypt - Hassan Khan (b.1975), Egypt - Shiva Ahmadi (b. 1975), Iran - Mounira Al Solh (b. 1978), Lebanon - Erinç Seymen (b. 1980), Turkey