Modern Masters and Contemporary Culture from the Arab World and Iran
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, The Mosaic Rooms present an ambitious programme of exhibitions and events running from spring 2018 to autumn 2019. The programme of six exhibitions has two parts, a series of seminal Arab and Iranian modernist artists from Egypt, Iran and Morocco curated by Morad Montazami and a series of group shows presenting contemporary art from these three countries organised in partnership with regional institutions and curators.
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. Curated by Morad Montazami, this will be the first exhibition in the UK of this significant Egyptian artist.
Join us for a special performance by artist Samah Hijawi on art and political histories centered around Palestine in the 1970’s.
Dancer Jamila Boughelaf leads this workshop where children will learn the basic steps of Palestinian dabke, a joyful and defiant traditional Arab folk dance. Together they will create simple dances to upbeat and refreshing rhythms. Suitable for children aged 6-11. Children should be accompanied by and adult.
Morad Montazami, Silvia Naef and Art Reoriented curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath lead a panel discussion about non-western art histories and modernism in the Arab world. They will reflect on artists and intellectuals who travelled and created work in dialogue with global modernism.
Enjoy the current exhibition at The Mosaic Rooms after hours at this Friday late opening. With drinks at the bar, music, and a special interactive dance performance by Zosia Jo created in response to works in the exhibition.
Join artists Rami George and Tako Taal for this special event at LUX at Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, supported by The Mosaic Rooms. Accompanying Inherited Premises, a two-person show by artists Rami George and Tako Taal at Grand Union Birmingham, this screening will bring together existing and newly-commissioned work by the artists to LUX, followed by an in-conversation with the artists and curator of the exhibition, Seán Elder.
The Mosaic Rooms’ urban garden is part of this year’s Open Garden Squares Weekend. This year What The Fattoush?, a vegan pop-up stall, will be serving delicious Palestinian food on Sunday.
This film double bill opens with Christian Ghazi’s The Hundred Faces of One Day (1972) an avant-garde film of Palestinian resistance fighters. It is followed by 2017 documentary A Feeling Greater Than Love which uncovers the history of factory protests in 1970s Lebanon.
Townhouse gallery, Cairo
“What do you mean, here we are?” is a retrospective of the renowned Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt. Founded in 1998, Townhouse emerged onto a scene dominated by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and its private affiliates. As one of the first independent art spaces in Cairo, Townhouse has borne witness to an unusual and intriguing trajectory.