Date: 24 April – 13 May 2018
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Monday closed)
Venue: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi
"Kamal Boullata: A Survey of Recent Paintings"
As part of the extended exhibition programme initiated by Abu Dhabi Art that follows Galleries Week. Meem Gallery presented a survey of works by Palestinian art historian and artist, Kamal Boullata. The exhibition comprised of Boullata’s last three series of works, Addolcendo, Angelus and Bilqis. This exhibition was the first time that these three interconnected bodies of work were shown together, and offered audiences a unique opportunity to view the artist’s recent oeuvre in one setting. Boullata’s paintings are created to reflect a sense of time and a feeling of light, giving the viewer a feeling of spatial ambiguity.
About Meem Gallery
Meem Gallery is a leading international presence in the management and promotion of Modern and Contemporary Arab, North African and Iranian art. Founded in 2007 by Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, Mishal Hamed Kanoo and Charles Pocock, the gallery runs an ambitious programme of solo and group exhibitions with a special focus on regional Modern Masters, including Dia Azzawi, Kamal Boullata and Parviz Tanavoli. The gallery also exhibits the work of innovative Contemporary artists such as Zhivago Duncan and Mahmoud Obaidi. In addition to its extensive exhibition schedule, Meem Gallery oversees Meem Editions, a respected in-house publishing programme that regularly commissions work by many of the most well-regarded scholars, academics and writers in the field.
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About Kamal Boullata
Born in 1942 in Jerusalem, Kamal Boullata is a Palestinian artist and writer based in Germany. He graduated with a diploma in fine art from the Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome in 1965, and received his MFA from the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC. He has lived in the USA, Morocco, and France. He moved to Berlin in 2012. Primarily working in silkscreen, much of Boullata’s work uses Kufic script, an early form of Arabic calligraphy to create colourful, geometric compositions on paper. Much of his work explores themes of identity and exile. Boullata has received numerous awards and research grants and his pioneering studies on Palestinian art have been the subject of three publications. His writings on classical and contemporary Arab art and culture have been published in numerous publications. Boullata’s paintings, silkscreens, and livres d’artiste have been exhibited in Europe, the US, France, and the Middle East. His work can be found in many private and public collections including the British Museum, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; New York Public Library, New York; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman; Museum of Alhambra, Granada; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; Bibliothèque Louis Notari, Monaco.