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Italia Arabia: Exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum

Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath


December 9, 2008 to February 7, 2009

The Chelsea Art Museum
Home of the Miotte Foundation
556 West 22nd Street NY NY 10011


"Italia Arabia" juxtaposes 80 works by mid 20th century Italian painters with paintings and sculptures by Lebanese, Egyptian, Syrian and Iranian artists revealing the co-impact  that one culture has had on the other. A collection of a hundred additional manuscripts, textiles, musical instruments and cartographic documents create a historical frame of reference spanning an entire millennium of Italian, Ottoman, Safavid and Qajar convergences leading up to the visual and thematic exchanges of the 20th century.


The Iranian artists at the exhibition include; Prayiz Tanavoli, Nasser Ovissi, and Faramarz Pilaram. 


Between the years 1940 and 1965, several artists from the Arab-Persian world could be found studying at the fine art academies of Rome, Milan, Venice, and Florence. In this post Second World War period much of European art was moving towards the reinvention of a less sentimental Classical tradition, expressing aesthetic, liturgical and political concerns. Those "student-artists" were to eventually become some of the leading masters back in their home countries and introduce 20th century Italian influences to the modern and contemporary art of the Middle East.


Guiseppe Migneco, Raccoglitore di Limoni, 1952  - Courtesy of La Torre Gallery, Milan

Egypt: Ragheb Ayad, The Seamstress, 1951

Courtesy of Zamalek Art Gallery, Cairo      



Massimo Campigli, Festa Campestre, 1958
Courtesy of Nicola Campigli Collection

Syria: Fateh Moudarres, Wada Al- Aliha Fi Beirut, 1976 - Courtesy of Art Space Gallery, Dubai


Alberto Magnelli, Encore Noctambule, 1946
Courtesy of Lahumiere Gallery, Paris

Lebanon: Hussein Madi, Untitled, 2004
Courtesy of Agial Art Gallery, Beirut




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