Irak, Égypte, terres créatives
Zouina Ait Slimani and Francesca Rondinelli
Institut du monde arabe Tourcoing, 11 June 2022, 3 pm.
As early as the 1930s, Iraq and Egypt were the driving forces behind the emergence of modernity in the Arab art scene. The exhibition "Picasso and the Arab Avant-Garde" shows how these two countries were the cradle of the first Arab manifestos proposing to build a modern Arab art and to reject the academicism imported from the West. The awareness of a history of its own, following the archaeological rediscoveries of the beginning of the century, and a local and international political context, explain to some extent why this movement – which will eventually reach the entire Arab world – started in Iraq and Egypt.
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