Focus: Works from the Mathaf Collection
11 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection is a series of solo exhibitions, featuring artists from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, inviting audiences to rethink their understanding of art history and its connection to the world through original research, writing, and curating. The first five exhibitions feature Farid Belkahia (Morocco), Saloua Raouda Choucair (Lebanon), Faraj Daham (Qatar), Inji Efflatoun (Egypt) and Abdelhalim Radwi (Saudi Arabia).
Saloua Raouda Choucair
Saloua Raouda Choucair, born in 1916, pioneered abstract art in the Middle East and was the first artist of the kind in her country of birth, Lebanon. Sculpture is a strong focus of her work, and her ideas are often implemented across various materials, and forms from her early paintings are repeated in later sculptures and in other items she made to express her belief that art should be a living, architectural reality.