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Ruya opens contemporary art library and projection space 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…

Conversation with Pedro Azara, curator of ‘Sumer and the Modern Paradigm’ at the Fundació Miró, Barcelona

The exhibition ‘Sumer and the Modern Paradigm’ at the Fundació Miro, Barcelona, elicits a conversation between Mesopotamian art and the works of modern artists, particularly during the interwar period (1918-1939). Works of artists such as Juan Miró, Henri Moore, Alberto Giacommetti and Willi Baumeister sit alongside Sumerian artefacts and illustrated media of the period. By…

Projects

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…

Journal

Books and Libraries: December cartoon

The Ruya Foundation has commissioned the Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari to produce a monthly cartoon series about culture and Iraq. This month’s theme is ‘Books and Libraries’. – “Sir, we got you a library.” – “Why?!” – “You can read in your free time.” – “Slow down my dear, the first document I have read…

Updates

Exhibition 

Sakar Sleman’s new solo show in the Ottoman-period Turkish bath, Hamam Kifri.

The artist Sakar Sleman presented a new solo show and installation in Hamam Kifri, an Ottoman-period Turkish bath in Kifri, Sulaymaniya Province. Sleman creates small objects and installations using organic materials such as coal, earth, wood, cloth and string. In doing so, the artist uses shape, colour, texture and smell to create work that is…