A year long exhibition series, billed as “the broadest single overview of Arab art to be shown in the UK to date”, will be on display in Whitechapel. The exhibitions draw from the the Barjeel Art Foundation collection.

The first exhibition, running from 8 September-16 December, “explores the emergence and development of a modern Arab art aesthetic from the early 20th century to 1967”.

Artists featured include Dia Azzawi, Ervand Demirdjian, Hamed Ewais, and Kadhim Hayder.

The second exhibition focuses on figurative works of art made between 1968 and 1987. Artists featured include Kamal Boullata, Huguette Caland, and Marwan Kassab Bachi, among others.

The third exhibition focuses on the photography and video pieces made between the early 1990s and 2010, encompassing artists such as Yto Barrada, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. 

The fourth exhibition focuses on works that reflect urban life by Laurence Abu Hamdan, Etel Adnan, Iman Issa, and Jumana Manna.

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