In the last decades, there has been an increasing interest in the arts produced in the Arab World. Paintings, sculptures and installations are sold in galleries and auction houses for huge amounts of money. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about Contemporary art from the Arab World? What is the role played by Modern Art in this complex process? In this course, we will find the most suitable answers to these questions by analysing the artistic production of the renowned artists.
Class 1 Modern Arab Art. The pioneers
In this introductory class, we will analyse the arts of the modern art groups, established by that generation of artists who strongly wished to break away from the rigid academic styles. We will mainly focus on Egypt, Iraq and North Africa.
Class 2 Calligraphy, poetry and the great literature tradition in Contemporary art
Verses from the Holy Qur’an, Rumi’s poetry, and refrains from well-known pop songs find a meaningful place on the canvases and installations of contemporary artists from the Arab World. In this class, we will analyse how the different declinations of writing are applied to the artistic production.
Class 3 Art as protest
Artists have chosen different media to express themselves in regards to the political situation of their native countries or by extension the Arab World. We will have a look at their production, including the important role played by posters and comic strips as well
Class 4 Reception of Arab art at International level (the collectors, the markets, the academia)
In this final class, we will discuss how the collectors and buyers responded to Arab art in the last decades. There is certainly a rising interest in the arts of the Arab world both in the art market and academia, but is it going to last?