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Under the Palm Trees: Modern Iraqi Art

Jewad Selim, Pastoral, 1955. Plaster relief. 800 x 1200 mm. Photo Courtesy of the family of Mohamed Makiya

Join independent researcher and cultural consultant Ahmed Naji in conversation with curator Clara Kim

Under the Palm Trees: Modern Iraqi Art with Mohamed Makiya and Jewad Selim explores creativity in twentieth-century Iraqi art through the art collection of the pioneer architect Mohamed Makiya.

Featuring works from Jewad Selim, the Baghdad Modern Art Group and Iraqi artists in exile from 1980 onward, this volume showcases the collaboration of Mohamed Makiya with the Iraqi artists of his time, shedding light on the relationship between art and architecture and its role in shaping modern Iraqi society.

Modern Iraqi Art with Mohamed Makiya and Jewad Selim is published by Rizzoli.

Biography

Ahmed Naji is an independent researcher and cultural consultant specialising in modern and contemporary Iraqi art. Naji focuses on research and documentation of public art, museum and private collections, and related literature from articles to catalogues and books.

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22 July 2019 at 19.00–20.00