It is their vision of the Arab world. The Institute of the Arab World (IMA) in Paris highlights “the Arab world seen by its artists,” the name of the exhibition held until March 10. These are selected works drawn from the exceptional donation of Claude & France Lemand, named after the gallerist and collector and his wife who donated some 1300 works by 94 artists of modern and contemporary art to the IMA museum.
For “the Arab world seen by its artists”, the selected works were made between 1969 and 2014 by 23 artists, men and women, (painters, a sculptor and two photographers) from different generations. Among them, the Algerian Mohamed Khadda and Lebanese Shafic Abboud.
These multiple visions, with contrasting styles, on the borders of abstraction or hyperrealism, reveal this region’s diversity: of its territories, of its populations, of its imagination. Thus, as highlighted by the IMA, the works, some of which are sure to surprise, invite to perceive otherwise the Arab World of the past half-century, bright and alive.