Ruya Shop: Dimitri Kirsanoff’s Menilmontant (1926)

This weekend, the Ruya Shop is screening the film Menilmontant (1926) by Dimitri Kirsanoff The Russian filmmaker Dimitri Kirsanoff emigrated to Paris in the 1920s and became involved in cinema by playing the cello in the orchestra at film screenings. His inexpensive experimental films, made alone without a production company, were important contributions to the…


Ruya Shop: A Contemporary Art Space and Library in Baghdad

The Ruya Foundation has opened a contemporary art library and projection space in Baghdad. The Ruya Shop is located on Mutanabbi Street, which is known for its weekly book market selling used and rare books. Every week, during the book market’s opening hours, the Ruya Shop will project a selection of video and photography by…

First UK Exhibition of Latif Al Ani, Founding Father of Iraqi Photography

The Ruya Foundation is pleased to announce the first UK exhibition of Iraqi photographer Latif Al Ani (b. 1932) at the Coningsby Gallery in Fitrovia. ‘Latif Al Ani’ will run 4 December – 16 December 2017. The exhibition will include over 50 works surveying the artist’s practice from the 1950s to the 1970s. Considered the…


Donate to the Ruya Foundation

The Ruya Foundation is continuously developing its programme of exhibitions, publications and art projects. Find out more about Ruya’s mission and award-winning activities in this short video. To donate please contact us on [email protected] Video by Sariel Heseltine



‘The Culture of Violence’: March Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme addresses Iraq’s culture of violence. Toy Shop Practical Life Experience

Ruya Shop: Fouad El Khoury’s Welcome to Beirut (2005)

This week the Ruya Shop is screening the film Welcome to Beirut (2005) by Lebanese artist Fouad El Khoury. “Welcome to Beirut is about daily life: driving in the city, going to the hairdresser, discussions with the grocer, visiting a motor show, a wax museum, dining out. […] More ironic than sarcastic, the film reveals…

Ruya sponsors the 3 Minute, 3 Days Film Festival in Baghdad

The Ruya Foundation is proud to be a sponsor the third edition of the 3 Minutes, 3 Days Film Festival in Baghdad. The festival is organised and programmed by Dr. Hikmat Al Baydhani, director of Art City Film and TV Productions, the largest independent film and television production studio in Iraq. Over the course of…