Shared Memories exhibition at the Institute of the Arab World, 18th March – 17th May 2020

Art lovers and philanthropists Claude and France Lemand recently made their second big donation to the collections of the Institute of the Arab World (known as the IMA in France). A new exhibition of contemporary photos and artist videos, called Mémoires partagées (Shared Memories) shows a selection of works included in the donation.

The exhibition runs at the same time as second one, called Couleurs du monde (Colours of the World) which gives French author Laurent Gaudé carte blanche to present works from the Institute’s ‘living collections’.

And the two exhibitions are super close to our hotels!

© Randa Maddah

For an idea of contemporary art being made in the Arab world, these two exhibitions at the Institute of the Arab World are a good starting point. du Monde Arabe.

A mix of photos and videos, the presentation gives a glimpse of how artists are interpreting the world of today, its conflicts, its peoples, the changes in its urban areas…

After a first donation a few years ago, we have the generosity of Claude and France Lemand to thank for making these works available to see by the general public.

© Steve Sabella

The Institute also contains works of art destined for the future National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Palestine, and for the exhibitions Couleurs du monde, it’s French author Laurent Gaudé who has chosen which to present.

The author – winner of the 2014 Prix Goncourt 2014, the 2019 European Book Prize and the 2019 Grand prix du romain métis – has chosen from the 350 works currently available, with the emphasis on ‘colour’ in all its forms.

Two interesting presentations to see this spring at the IMA.

© Mehdi Bahmad – Musée national d’art moderne et contemporain de la Palestine

The exhibitions Mémoires partagées and Couleurs du monde are at the Institut du Monde Arabe (here) from 18th March – 17th May 2020

Open every day except Mondays from 10am-6pm (7pm weekends and public holidays)

Admission: 8€ / 6€

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