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AT THE ARAB WORLD INSTITUTE

THE BARJEEL COLLECTION: MASTERPIECES OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ARABIC ART
The Arab World Institute honors the Barjeel Foundation’s collection of modern and contemporary Arabic art. The immense depth and breadth of the exhibition pays tribute to the creative energy of the Arab art scene.
How can one accurately portray the artists’ approaches, tastes and deep desire to share beauty? The answer lies in the original scenography that gives the visitor the illusion of entering the reserves of a museum.
Major artists such as Adel Abdessemed, Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Cherkaoui, Marwan Kassab Bachi, Kader Attia, Rachid Koraichi and Etel Adnan will be honored alongside lesser-known ones.
February 28th to July 2nd, 2017
Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
THE EYE OF THE COLLECTOR
The first exhibition hall brings together the collection’s leading artists in a classical museum setting. The displayed works testify to the portraiture and abstraction trials that have been attempted since the beginning of the twentieth century. Moreover, the interaction between the pieces contains both formal and narrative echoes and reflects cultural particularities, contradictions and a variety of practices.
The next hall represents the archives of a museum in which its pieces appear to be specimens of scientific study. Proximity with the works allows the visitor to comprehend the pictorial materiality of each painting and to grasp every detail. This intimate approach reflects the collector’s original process based on experimentation and knowledge: it offers objects of beauty and reflection that provide the keys to understanding history.
The visit ends with a third aspect: the unveiling of the collection of Sultan Al Qassemi, founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, followed by the presentation of a selection of documents, paintings, photographs, notes and letters.