The Contemporary Middle East at the British Museum - 100 Works to Tell of a World in Turmoil

The Contemporary Middle East at the British Museum - 100 Works to Tell of a World in Turmoil
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The contemporary art of North Africa and the Middle East is at the British Museum in an exhibition that envelops us like the plot of a tapestry. Various and multicoloured lines unfold in the halls of Great Russell Street, inviting us to journey from Iran to Morocco following a weave of stories. There are one-hundred works on display and most were created in the last ten years. Their creators studied in Paris, Jerusalem, New York and Cairo. They explore ancient poetic traditions and questions of gender, they travel the confi-nes between the past and present, they look at burning issues, from the conflict in Syria to the burning of the National Library of Baghdad. They speak of politics, identity, history or simply of beauty, offering infinite ways to think of art. Multiple visions are juxtaposed with a single common denominator - the use of paper, which takes the form of drawings, water colours, etchings, photos and art books. From the pop style of Egyptian artist Huda Lufti and the surreal graphics of Palestinian Taysir Batniji, the abstract colours of Turkish artist Burhan Dogancay and the intimate atmospheres of Yehudi Bacon, the complex reality of the Arab world and the Middle East is shown through the lens of contemporary art.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London