This solo exhibition is dedicated to the influential Egyptian modernist painter Hamed Abdalla (1917-1985). ARABÉCÉDAIRE explores Abdalla’s extensive archives and library, looking at him both as an artist and as a researcher.
The title of the exhibition is rooted in the French word ‘Abécédaire’ meaning a visual alphabet primer. Abdalla’s work centred on his development of what he called the ‘creative word’, written words expressed in paint, blending abstraction and human forms. This exhibition will focus on six resonant words to examine the development of Abdalla’s visual language and political ideas through previously unseen material and archives.
ARABÉCÉDAIRE will explore his journeys, both real and imagined, with connections extending to the European CoBrA group and the non-aligned movements, (the global movement of states who remained independent from the super powers of the time). Through mapping and archival displays it will show Abdalla as a kind of visual archaeologist of ‘Arabness’.
This exhibition is the first in a special programme of exhibitions, celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Mosaic Rooms. It forms the first of a three part series curated by Morad Montazami entitled Cosmic Roads: Relocating Modernism presenting important modernist artists from three countries, Egypt, Iran and Morocco. The programme will also feature a series of group shows of contemporary art from these three countries organised in partnership with regional institutions and curators.
Official Link: http://mosaicrooms.org/event/arabecedaire/