Galerie Mark Hachem is pleased to announce its participation at Art Dubai 2019.
Figures of Middle-East modernism and global art history
Mark Hachem has been central to the rediscovery of the modernist masters of the Middle East and is committed to giving them the place they deserve in the global art history.
Art Dubai 2019 is at the epicentre of the international contemporary and modern art scene and is an opportunity for the gallery to cement this process of rediscovery.
For this edition of Art Dubai, the gallery presents a coherent selection of unique and historical pieces.
Paintings by Egyptian master Hamed Abdalla (1917-1985), whose work has recently entered the MET collection, alongside works by Lebanese painter Helen Khal (1923-2009) and Lebanese painter and sculptor Hussein Madi (born in 1938)
Rares sculptures by the Lebanese master Alfred Basbous (1924-2006), whose works now feature in the most prestigious private and public collections.
I - Book signing , March 20th, 6pm, Booth E9
Morad Montazami, historian, publisher and curator, will be signing his book,
"HAMED ABDALLA : ARABECEDAIRE"
Hamed Abdalla (1917–85) is a key figure in Egyptian modernism and global art history. His plastic and poetic inventions not only reflect over forty years of political and philosophical debate in the Arab world and the Mediterranean but also gave birth to an exiled modernity: to the cities where he lived and worked (Cairo, Copenhagen, Paris) and aesthetic movements he interacted with (CoBrA, lettrism, Islamic arts…) Organised as an ABCDarium this book is not a traditional catalogue but an inquiry through the artist’s personal archive and library; documenting his erudite wanderings between different cultural universes, beyond West and East, where one defines himself as a Trans-Arab and cosmopolitan visual thinker.
Edited by Morad Montazami - Texts by Clare Davies, Kristine Khouri, Ezzedine Naguib
Published in 2018 - French and English editions - Softcover, 22 × 28.50 cm, 240 pp., 250 ill. b/w and colour
II - Talk: Hamed Abdalla: an Arab Letterist/Leftist fighter
March 21st , 5pm, Mina A’Salam Lounge
with Morad Montazami
Morad Montazami is an art historian, a publisher and a curator. He works as a research-curator “Middle East and North Africa” for the Tate Modern (London). He published several essays on artists such as Jeremy Deller, Francis Alÿs, Zineb Sedira, Éric Baudelaire, Walid Raad, Latif al-Ani, Bahman Mohassess, Mohammed Melehi, Faouzi Laatiris... He also runs the journal Zamân (Textes, images et documents) as editor-in-chief and Zamân Books publishing as director, committed to explore transnational studies of Arab, Asian and African modernities. He was co-curator for Unedited History : Iran 1960-2014, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris-MAXXI, Rome (2014-2015) ; as well as curator for Volumes Fugitifs : Faouzi Laatiris et l’institut national des beaux-arts de Tétouan, Musée Mohamed VI d’art moderne et contemporain in Rabat (2016). He was the curator for the exhibition Bagdad Mon Amour at Institut des cultures d’Islam, Paris, March 2018.