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Sharjah  |  United Arab Emirates  | 

Imperfect Chronology

Arab Art from the Modern to the Contemporary: The Barjeel Art Foundation Collection at London’s Whitechapel Gallery.

For over a decade, Sultan Sooud Al-Quassemi has been collecting modern and contemporary Arab art, and has put together one of the most important collections of Arab art, the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection.

As on of the most extensive collections of its region, the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection contributes to a critical dialogue that surrounds art practices both regionally and internationally.

From now until the 8th January 2017, Whitechapel Gallery will exhibit works from the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection as part of the gallery’s program to show rarely seen art collections from all over the world. More than 60 artists and 100 works from the collection make up the exhibition, which will be spread over four parts consisting of various different themes as a means to examine ways of defining Arab art from its early modernist beginnings and geographies.

Some of the areas explored in the four part exhibition include: the emergence and subsequent development of an Arab art aesthetic through drawings and paintings from the early twentieth century to 1967, figurative works of art in the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection produced between 1968 and 1987, photography and video works made between 1990 and 1998 and an investigation into how respective artists from the collection use various media to artistically engage with the cities they live or work in.

GCC COLLECTIVE, Micro Council, 2013. Courtesy Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
GCC COLLECTIVE, Micro Council, 2013. Courtesy Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
KAMAL BOULLATA, La Ana Illa Ana (There Is No ‘I’ But ‘I’), 1983. Courtesy Meem Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
KAMAL BOULLATA, La Ana Illa Ana (There Is No ‘I’ But ‘I’), 1983. Courtesy Meem Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
YTO BARRADA, Rue de la Liberté, Tangier, 2000. Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
YTO BARRADA, Rue de la Liberté, Tangier, 2000. Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
IMAN ISSA, Proposal for a Crystal Building, 2003.
Courtesy Rodeo Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
IMAN ISSA, Proposal for a Crystal Building, 2003. Courtesy Rodeo Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN, The All-Hearing, 2014.
Courtesy Galeri NON and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN, The All-Hearing, 2014. Courtesy Galeri NON and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

What's the point in art if it is not shared?

Sultan Sooud Al-Quassemi
ETEL ADNAN, Champs de Petrol (Petrol Fields), 2013.
Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
ETEL ADNAN, Champs de Petrol (Petrol Fields), 2013. Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
KADHIM HAYDER, Fatigued Ten Horses Converse with Nothing (The Martyrs Epic), 1965.
Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
KADHIM HAYDER, Fatigued Ten Horses Converse with Nothing (The Martyrs Epic), 1965. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
ARWAN KASSAB BACHI, The Three Palestinian Boys, 1970. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
ARWAN KASSAB BACHI, The Three Palestinian Boys, 1970. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
DIA AZZAWI, Mask of the Pretenders, 1966. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
DIA AZZAWI, Mask of the Pretenders, 1966. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
ERVAND DEMERDJIAN, Nubian Girl. Courtesy Safarkhan Art Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
ERVAND DEMERDJIAN, Nubian Girl. Courtesy Safarkhan Art Gallery and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
HAMED EWAIS, Le Gardien de la Vie, 1967-1968. Courtesy Christie’s and Barjeel and Art Foundation, Sharjah
HAMED EWAIS, Le Gardien de la Vie, 1967-1968. Courtesy Christie’s and Barjeel and Art Foundation, Sharjah

Find more information on the exhibition HERE.

The Barjeel Art Foundation is included in the Art Guide.