Parviz Tanavoli and Abbas Kiarostami


9 November 2009 – 10 February 2010

Meem Gallery presents a joint exhibition displaying the work of two of the most influential and pioneering artists of the Middle East, Parviz Tanavoli and Abbas Kiarostami. The exhibition features thirty pieces by Tanavoli, internationally recognized as Iran's first significant modern sculptor, which include a number of the artist's iconic heech sculptures. The photographic works have been specially selected by Kiarostami, the globally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and photographer, and winner of the Palme d'Or (1997), including images from his Snow White and Roads series.

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Middle East Modern Masters


13 October – 1 November 2009

Meem Gallery celebrates the work of some of the Middle East's foremost modern artists in the Middle East Modern Masters exhibition. Showcasing the art of Ali Omar Ermes, Dia Azzawi, Abbas Kiarostami, Nja Mahdaoui, Ismail Acar, Mona Saudi, Laila Shawa, Hamza Bounoua, Jamal Abdul Rahim and Ahmed Moustafa, this exhibition displays the work of the region's greatest talents together for the first time.

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Dia Azzawi


28 April - 10 June 2009

This exhibition, which displays Dia Azzawi's paintings and sculpture from 2007 to 2008, is the first to bring the Iraqi modern art pioneer's recent work to Dubai. Following his retrospective exhibition held at the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival (March 2009), this collection demonstrates the artist's continuing interest in both Arab and European culture. The exhibition includes Relationship (2007), where Azzawi draws inspiration from Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (c. 1907); Biruni Sketch of Landmasses (2007),which reveals his continuing interest in, and unique interpretation of, classical Islamic history; and Voyager's Traces (2008) which recalls memories from the artist's travels.

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Abbas Kiarostami: Trees and Crows


9 March – 14 April 2009

This exhibition presents Abbas Kiarostami's Trees and Crows photographic series. Kiarostami is a photographer, filmmaker, painter, illustrator, graphic designer, and poet. After graduating from Tehran University with a degree in painting, he started work as a graphic designer. He began taking photographs of Iranian landscapes in the late 1970s, and since then has held over fifty exhibitions worldwide. At the age of thirty, he began his career as a filmmaker, making numerous award-winning films, becoming one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Iranian cinema. His awards include, First Prize, Fourth Giffoni International Film Festival, Italy, 1974; Prize of International Confederation of Art Cinemas, Forty-Second Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland, 1989; Prize for Best Director, Fifth Dunkirk International Film Festival, France, 1991; Special Prize, Twenty-Seventh Giffoni International Film Festival, Italy, 1997; Lifetime Achievement Award, Third Beirut Film Festival, Lebanon, 2000; and Glory to the Filmmaker Award, Venice Film Festival, 2008. Exhibitions of his work have been held in France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Germany, London, Russia, China, Japan, US, and Canada.

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'99' Shemaghart: Mohamed Kanoo


1 – 28 February 2009

This exhibition displays Mohamed Kanoo's Shemaghart concept, where he uses the textile of the shemagh as the primary media of his work. Mohamed's artistic philosophy is often termed as 'being in transition', an unintentional description of his efforts that he holds very close to his heart. He feels an artist must be continually changing, improving, growing, expanding and should never be caught in a 'repetitive rut'. He has also been challenged by perceived artistic prohibitions of his Islamic faith.  Following the tragedy of 9/11, and the resultant negative cultural confrontation by the West, he has focused on achieving a successful artistic platform that presents a position from which he can reflect more positively an alternative view of contemporary Arabia.

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