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The Iraq Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

A ‘Magnificent Pavilion’ – Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times ‘Excellent’ – Holland Cotter, The New York Times ‘Awash with social conscience’ – The Economist The Ruya Foundation is pleased to present the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale, 13 May – 26 November 2017. The exhibition, ‘Archaic’, shows the work of eight Modern and…

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Themes of ‘Archaic’ #2: Art and War

When curating the exhibition ‘Archaic’ for the Iraq Pavilion, curators Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo selected themes within the archaic that are the precursor to any civilization. Among these, is the theme of war. While two of the participating artists at the Pavilion addressed war and conflict, here we highlight recent work by lesser-known Iraqi…

Art and Politics: August Cartoon Series

The Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn ‘Art and Politics’, a new cartoon series for the month of August, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. The Beautiful Paintings Politician: Beautiful Paintings… Politician: …but frankly, I prefer paintings that are exhibited outside of galleries, on the streets and in public squares Politician: …they can be admired by…

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Themes of ‘Archaic’ #2: Art and War

When curating the exhibition ‘Archaic’ for the Iraq Pavilion, curators Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo selected themes within the archaic that are the precursor to any civilization. Among these, is the theme of war. While two of the participating artists at the Pavilion addressed war and conflict, here we highlight recent work by lesser-known Iraqi…
Cartoon 

Art and Politics: August Cartoon Series

The Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn ‘Art and Politics’, a new cartoon series for the month of August, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. The Beautiful Paintings Politician: Beautiful Paintings… Politician: …but frankly, I prefer paintings that are exhibited outside of galleries, on the streets and in public squares Politician: …they can be admired by…
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Themes of ‘Archaic’ #1: ‘Earth’ by archaeologist Dr. Jane Moon OBE

For the exhibition ‘Archaic,’ curators Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo selected themes within the archaic that are the precursor to any civilization. For the first blog in this series, archaeologist Dr. Jane Moon reflects on the theme of ‘earth’ and what this means for the ancient civilizations of southern Iraq, and archaeologists today. Dr. Jane…
Cartoon 

The Image of War: July Cartoon Series by Khudair Alhimyari

The Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn ‘The Image of War, a new cartoon series for the month of July. Below is a dialogue between a journalist and a cameraman (right to left). Journalist: First, take a long shot of the impact of war and destruction on houses and streets. Journalist: Then, take a medium…