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FATEH AL-MOUDARRES: COLOUR, EXTENSITY AND SENSE

17 OCTOBER 2018 – 16 FEBRUARY 2019

Fateh al-Moudarres: Colour, Extensity and Sense presents a revisionist lens into the studio practice of the influential modernist Syrian artist.  Deliberately organized as a thematic slice, this exhibition examines al-Moudarres’s works within the context of his creative engagements with two disparate yet interconnected pathways: Surrealism and Sufism. Illuminating the value that resides within the absent, hidden or the unseen, al-Moudarres’s works can be read as a unique mixture of these two movements, in which he is viewed as a transcultural artist working within the context of global Surrealism, a truly international intellectual movement, which transcended the Occidental and Oriental worlds. 

On view are a selection of paintings from the late 1950s through to the 1990s that reveal a cross circulation of ideas and forms that seek to locate the origin of truth. Presenting a highly emotional artistic journey, al-Moudarres’s artworks employ an interlacing study that borrows from abstract, conceptual and philosophical thinking to create a rich illustration of both personal and sociopolitical histories. 

What emerges is a cross-circulation dialogue about the role of antiquity in modern Syria, the shift from the rural to the urban built environment, and wider regional events during the 1960s, a period of radical local and global political and social change. These historical moments and external influences are pivotal to the understanding of the intricate elements presented in al-Moudarres’s deeply sympathetic works, which in retrospective terms continue to resonate in light of the current and complex geopolitical realities of present day Syria.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 2010, is situated in Education City in Qatar Foundation (QF), in a renovated former school building. QF is led by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
Title Unknown, 1967, Acrylic on paper.
Title Unknown, 1967, Acrylic on paper.
Assyrian, 1962, Mixed media on canvas.
Assyrian, 1962, Mixed media on canvas.
Title Unknown, 1962, Mixed media on canvas.
Farewell to the Gods in Beirut, 1986, Mixed media on canvas.
Farewell to the Gods in Beirut, 1986, Mixed media on canvas.
Angel Haroun, 1993, Mixed media on canvas.

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