17 October 2018
A ground-breaking exhibition curated by Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf, will present artists from the Arab World, Turkey, Iran and diaspora, looking at important moments of change in the history of modern and contemporary art; specifically the 1950s - 1960s Post-Independence(s) era; a period between 1970s - 1990s, and the 2000s Pre-revolutions decades, 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, the beginning of new languages in art and literature. Chapter two presents works by artists who are part of the Pan-Arab cultural movement in the 1970s. Chapter three looks at the generation of artists who prefigured the Arab Spring in the 2000s inventing new vocabularies that look at societies undergoing change.
Artists featured in the exhibition include
Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991), Turkey ; Hussein Bicar (1913-2002), Egypt ; Hatem El Mekki (1918-2003), Tunisia ; Inji Efflatoun (1924 -1989), Egypt ; Shakir Hassan Al Said (1925-2004), Iraq ; 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 (b 1935), 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 ; Shirin Neshat (b. 1957), Iran ; Nazar Yahya (b. 1963), Iraq ; Marwan Rechmaoui (b. 1964), Lebanon ; Walid Raad (b.1967), Lebanon ; Hicham Benohoud (b.1968), Morocco ; Mounir Fatmi (b. 1970), Morocco ; Marwan Sahmarani (b.1970), Lebanon ; Sabhan Adam (b. 1973), Syria ; Amal Kenawy (1974-2012), Egypt ; Hassan Khan (b.1975), UK ; Shiva Ahmadi (b. 1975), Iran.
Works on show are drawn from the extensive collection of Mathaf, alongside loans from international public and private collections, and from artists and galleries.