Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation
Saloua Raouda Choucair Composition in Yellow, 1962-65. Oil on panel. Photo courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation.
Co-curators: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan
Dates: 12 May 2018 - 3 Nov 2019
Location: Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
Contributors: Salwa Mikdadi, Sarah Rogers, Patrick Kane, Suhelya Takesh, Mandy Merzaban and Karim Sultan
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A Century in Flux: Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation is a long-term exhibition at the Sharjah Art Museum that features a broad selection of key modernist paintings, sculptures and mixed media artworks from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection. A project co-curated with scholar and curator Salwa Mikdadi, associate professor of Art History at NYU Abu Dhabi, it covers a century of artistic production from the late 19th to late 20th century.
In an effort to encourage a greater awareness and understanding of the region’s art history, the exhibition aims to make major works of the foundation’s collection more openly accessible to the community and for further study by researchers, scholars, artists, curators and art enthusiasts alike. A Century in Flux features works by notable modernist artists such as Ibrahim El-Salahi, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Inji Efflatoun and Kadhim Hayder, and includes over 130 pieces from the collection. Recent acquisitions such as Dia Azzawi’s 1968 work A Wolf Howls: Memories of a Poet, a painting based on the poem “Hassan Al Shammus” by Muzaffar Al Nawab. A number of contemporary works punctuate the exhibition that resonate with those from the modern period and offer a sense of continuity with the present.
The exhibition will remain on display for a five year period between 2018 - 2023 in a semi-permanent wing at the Sharjah Art Museum. In addition to this, a Barjeel Art Foundation Resource Room was launched, making available publications of most of the foundation’s past local and international projects from 2010 to present.
Artists: For a full list of all 101 artists, click here.
(L-R) Shakir Hassan Al Said Evacuation We Will Return, 1983; Untitled, 1963; The Victorious, 1983. Photo courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation.
Dia Azzawi A Wolf Howls: Memories of a Poet, 1968. Oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation.
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UiU Specials: A Century in Flux. Universes in Universe 2018
_ Article: Gronlund, Melissa. What is the handprint in this 1960s Iraq painting by Dia Azzawi trying to say?, The National, 2018
_ Review: Gronlund, Melissa. Sharjah Art Museum: new exhibition sheds light on Arab Modernism. The National, 2018.
_ Interview: Barjeel Art Foundation curators reflect on the West's reactions to Arab art. The National, 2018
_ Interview: On the sway of modernism. Canvas, May/June 2018
_ e-flux: Century in Flux: Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation, 2018-2023