Art Fairs


Dia Azzawi and Marwan at Art Dubai

 

Meem Gallery is pleased to announce their participation in the 2015 edition of Art Dubai Modern, alongside thirteen other galleries from the region. Art Dubai Modern is in its second year, an addition to the fair which began in 2014 alongside Art Dubai.

Meem Gallery will present a selection of key works by Iraqi modernist Dia Azzawi and Syrian master Marwan. Dia Azzawi is well known as a pioneer of modern Iraqi art and the works selected reflect a particular turning point in the artist’s oeuvre. Selecting unique works from the 1970s, the grouping will show the last works made by Azzawi in Iraq before his permanent move to the UK.

Marwan is renowned for his distinctive style and monumental paintings, utilizing recurrent themes within his self-portraits, portraits, figures and silhouettes. We have chosen to select one monumental work from the mid 1970s, as well as a group of etchings from the Figuration series (1969 – 71) to stand with the Azzawi works of the same period.

Born in Baghdad in 1939, Azzawi’s art features in the collections of museums and institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Museum of Modern Art, Damascus; Museum of Modern Art, Tunis; Museum of Modern Art, Amman; Kinda Foundation, Saudi Arabia; Una Foundation, Casablanca; Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi; Development Fund, Kuwait; Jeddah International Airport; British Museum, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Tate Modern, London; Saudi Bank, London; United Bank of Kuwait, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Paris; Colas Foundation, Paris; Harba Collection, Iraq and Italy; Gulbenkian Collection, Barcelona; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; and The World Bank, Washington, DC.

Marwan’s work can be found in over thirty-five international public collections including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Städel Museum, Frankfurt; Galerie Neue Meister, Dresden; National Museum, Damascus; Tate Modern, London; British Museum, London; Musée national d'art modern, Paris; and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

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Meem Gallery at the Armory Show with Marwan

 

5 – 8 March 2015

The more I read about Marwan, the more I came to respect and admire his work. Few living artists can lay a claim to being amongst the very best of their generation, not just regionally but internationally—in 1994 he became the first Arab member of the distinguished Akademie der Künste of Germany.

— Sheikh Sultan Al Qassemi
Chairman of Meem Gallery and Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Extract from Topographies of the Soul, exhibition catalogue foreword, December 2014 – February 2015

Meem Gallery is pleased to announce their participation in the 2015 edition of established New York art fair, The Armory Show. The Armory Show has chosen to continue their FOCUS section of the fair, looking at the MENAM region and curated by Whitechapel Gallery Curator, Omar Kholeif.

Meem Gallery will present a selection of key works by Syrian artist Marwan. Marwan is well known for his distinctive style and monumental paintings, utilizing the recurrent themes within his self-portraits, portraits, figures and silhouettes. Each decade since the 1960s marks a new chapter for Marwan, developing his style, technique and concerns. By bringing together important works from the 1960s to the 1990s, Meem gallery will curate a focused booth that exemplifies his artistic practice and production.

Marwan first exhibited in New York in 1976, in a solo show at Gruenbaum Gallery. Since the late seventies, he has participated in an abundance of solo exhibitions internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad, 1980, to the Institut du Monde Arab, in Paris, 1993, to his recent show at the Fundação de Serralves in Porto, 2014. It has been some time since Marwan’s work has been displayed in New York, leading to the decision of Meem Gallery and Marwan to participate in The Armory Show, and present a group of works that retrospectively consider the artist’s oeuvre.

His work can be found in over thirty-five international public collections including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Stadel Museum, Frankfurt, National Museum, Damascus, Tate Modern, London, British Museum, London, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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