Finissage Ibrahim El Salahi
|location||:||Prince Claus Fund Gallery|
|address||:||Herengracht 603, Amsterdam|
|time||:||from 19:00 till 21:00|
Together with the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), we kindly invite you to the finissage of 'By His Will, We Teach Birds How to Fly: Ibrahim El-Salahi in Black and White' at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery. The exhibition features black and white pieces by Ibrahim El-Salahi, including ink and paper drawings from his ‘By His Will’ series, and the more recent, dramatic ‘The Arab Spring Notebook’.
‘In an almost surrealist manner, the drawings seem to tap deep into the artist dreams and fantasies, while also carrying a sort of mystical charge.’ - Art Review
‘To see his works now in Amsterdam is an extraordinary opportunity – ****.’ – Het Parool
Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudan, 1930), a seminal figure in African and Arabic modernism and 2001 Prince Claus Laureate, combines African and Arabic traditions in new forms. A founding member of the influential Khartoum School movement in the 1960’s, El Salahi continued his studies in the UK and the USA and later served as Director of Culture for the Sudanese government.
Following a period of incarceration when he was falsely accused of participating in a coup attempt, he went into exile in the UK. His works were featured in Tate Modern’s first retrospective on African Modernism in 2013. He has said that the black and white works in this exhibition are among his favourites.
About 'Three Crossings: El-Salahi, Hammons, Brouwn': The Prince Claus Fund, together with the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) present ‘Three Crossings: El-Salahi, Hammons, Brouwn’. This three-part exhibition features works by Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudan, UK), David Hammons (USA), and Stanley Brouwn (Surinam, Netherlands) at three Amsterdam locations. The works by these three visionary artists are innovative, minimalist, and sharply critical, yet infused with wit and humour. Curated by Salah M. Hassan.
El-Salahi's is the final exhibition of ‘Three Crossings’ and is open through 2 March 2018. (Hammons and Brouwn's exhibitions are currently closed.)
Please RSVP here.
Watch short film here.