Tour: That Feverish Leap into the Fierceness of Life

Friday, March 23

The exhibition That Feverish Leap into the Fierceness of Life surveys five modernist artist groups and schools spanning five decades in five Arab cities: the Contemporary Art Group in Cairo (1940s/1950s), the Baghdad Group for Modern Art (1950s), the Casablanca School of Art (1960s/70s), The Khartoum School (1960s/70s), and Dar Al-Funoon Al-Saudia in Riyadh (1980s). It derives its title from the 1951 founding manifesto of the Baghdad Group for Modern Art, reflecting these artists’ passionate contributions to modernism within their respective socio-political contexts. By highlighting the contradictions, as well as the similarities between these groups, the exhibition reveals the diverse expressions of modernism across the Arab world. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Sam Bardaouil and Dr. Till Fellrath, founders of Art Reoriented, chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, and Guest Curators of Art Dubai’s Selection Committee.The exhibition consists of 75 paintings and works on paper by 29 artists assembled from 25 lenders across 15 cities, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated bilingual English / Arabic catalogue with texts by 5 leading scholars. Dr. Nada Shabout, Professor of Art History and Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas and member of the Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee, acted as academic advisor. This non-selling exhibition is presented by Art Dubai Modern, and is generously supported by the MiSK Art Institute.

Access: RSVP Online

Time: 8:00-8:30pm

Location: Art Dubai Modern, Mina A’Salam