What is the Barjeel Art Foundation?
Based in the United Arab Emirates, the collection was founded by news commentator and twitter fanatic Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi in 2010 and now boasts a stellar array of works from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and beyond.
There will be beautiful revelations as well as more disturbing works on display at the Whitechapel Gallery, which seems fitting for this politically charged region. Look out for Hamed Ewais’s Le Guardien de la vie (1967-8), a large historical oil painting that shows an armed fighter dominating smaller images of the daily life. But perhaps the most extraordinary work you'll find is Kadhim Hayder’s Fatigued Ten Horses Converse with Nothing (The Martyrs Epic), (1965), where elongated, cylindrical white horses scream out against a surreal and dark landscape.
|What||Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Debating Modernism I, Whitechapel Gallery|
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