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Theatricality of a lifetime: the Alliances Foundation’s tribute to the artist Hossein Tallal (photos)

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The Alliances Foundation pays a beautiful tribute to Hossein Tallal and the artists of the Alif Ba gallery. The exhibition placed under the theme of Theatricality of life is open to the public until July 20, 2023.

The exhibition displays Tallal’s artistic career through key works, but also highlights the man, the character, a true personality of the Casablanca and Moroccan cultural scene from the beginning of the 1970s.

Conceived mainly from the collection of the Alliances Foundation, the exhibition depicts different periods of his career and presents through more than twenty paintings and drawings the most emblematic series of his career, such as his Imaginary Portraits and his Traveling Artists of night.

Tallal was one of a kind. His creations in free figuration stood out in the modern Moroccan pictorial landscape. He left us astonishing and sensitive work, largely portraits straight out of his imagination.

Tallal strove to represent a world to which he alone had the key and from which emerged residual figures: the circus character, the troubadour, the mountebank. These mental images projected on the surface of the canvas with chromatic parsimony, without background or decorum, give his works a serious theatricality, imbued with pathos and melancholy.