This exhibition is the first monographic show on the activity of the Art et Liberté Group, a collective of artists working out of Cairo during World War Two. The exhibition comprises a selection of around one hundred pictorial works and a range of photographic and documentary materials.
The Art et Liberté Group, founded by Georges Henein, Ramses Younan, Kamel El-Telmissany and Fouad Kamel, cultivated a vernacular artistic practice bound to Surrealism and international artistic debate. Its members called into question the academic and nationalist tendency of the bourgeois art that pervaded Egypt at the time, whilst also establishing artistic exchanges with surrealist movements from other places, for instance Paris, Brussels and Mexico City.
The collective’s overlapping with the reality facing Spain in the 1930s occurred on numerous levels, manifesting itself through a commitment against growing fascism. The Egyptian surrealists’ decision to choose the image of Picasso’s Guernica to illustrate their first manifesto, Vive l’art dégeneré (Long Live Degenerate Art, 1938), and their condemnation of different publications from Franco’s uprising, offering their solidarity with artists and the Spanish people, are an example of this involvement.
The exhibition is part of the Art Reoriented initiative, founded by the curators, which puts forth a critique of conventional historiographical classifications by focusing on the multifarious nature of modernity.
With generous support from:
Musée national d’art moderne-Centre Pompidou, Paris (October 19, 2016 - January 16, 2017); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K2o, Düsseldorf (July 15 - October 15, 2017); Tate Liverpool (November 17, 2017- March 18, 2018)
H. E. Sh. Hassan M. A. Al Thani
18 December 2019 - 18 May 2020
Ignacio Gómez de Liaño
22 November, 2019 - 23 March, 2020
This Has Happened
6 November, 2019 - 20 April, 2020
Miguel Ángel Campano
30 October, 2019 – 13 April, 2020
The Task of the Painter
17 October, 2019 – 1 March, 2020
The Keys to the Kingdom
11 October, 2019 - 29 March, 2020
Time Is Mute
25 September, 2019 - 23 March, 2020
Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s
24 July, 2019 - 2 March, 2020
5 December, 2018 - 28 June, 2020
The Poetics of Democracy
Images and Counter-Images from the Spanish Transition
June 7, 2019 – February 7, 2020
Recreational and political resistances in Madrid during the 90'sMuestras documentales, Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación