MAJOR MODERN ARAB EXHIBITIONS 2012 – 2022 | CORRESPONDENCES, ABDEL RAHMAN MUNIF, MARWAN KASSAB-BACHI

Correspondences

Abdel Rahman Munif, Marwan Kassab-Bachi

Location: At BIEL, Beirut, during Beirut Art Fair
Date: July 5 – July 8, 2012
Curated by: Catherine David
Organised by: The Beirut Art Fair

Catherine David was invited by BEIRUT ART FAIR to dedicate one of the spaces of the fair to present a new project that has never been exposed as a part of an art event. The project consisted of the correspondence between two eminent figures of the Arab contemporary culture: the Saudi writer Abdel Rahman Munif, notable author of “City of Salt”, a five volume novel which analyses the upheavals incurred by the discovery of oil in the Gulf countries and the painter Marwan (Marwan Kassab-Bachi), considered one of the greatest Arab artists. This set of letters (largely illustrated in the case of Marwan) – complemented by a series of watercolour preparations realised by Marwan for the book covers of Munif – unveiled a crossed reflection not only on literary and plastic creation, but also on the status of intellectuals and artists in the Arab and contemporary world.

Marwan Kassab-Bachi, Extract from Correspondence with Abdel Rahman Munif, 1990 - 2004. Watercolour on Paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Marwan Kassab-Bachi, Extract from Correspondence with Abdel Rahman Munif, 1990 – 2004. Watercolour on Paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Marwan Kassab-Bachi, Extract from Correspondence with Abdel Rahman Munif, 1990 - 2004. Watercolour on Paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Marwan Kassab-Bachi, Extract from Correspondence with Abdel Rahman Munif, 1990 – 2004. Watercolour on Paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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