ALGERIA MY LOVE. Artists of the Algerian fraternity, 1953-2021 - Exhibition from March 18 to July 31, 2022.

From 17 March to 31 July - Institut du monde arabe

  • Guermaz, Composition.

    Composition, 1970. Oil on canvas, 195 x 130 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Musée, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Succession Abdelkader Guermaz. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • BAYA, Music.

    Music, 1974. Gouache on paper, 100 x 150 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © The Estate of Baya. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • ISSIAKHEM, La Mère.

    La Mère, 1965. Oil on canvas, 100 x 65 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © The Estate of M'Hamed Issiakhem. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Halida BOUGHRIET, Mémoire dans l’oubli 1.

    Mémoire dans l'oubli 1, 2010-2011. Original photo printed on Fine art paper mounted on Dibond, 120 x 180 cm. Signed and numbered by the artist. Edition of 5 + 2 AP. Donation Claude & France Lemand 2020. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Halida Boughriet. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • MARTINEZ, ANZAR, le Prince berbère de la Pluie.

    ANZAR, le Prince berbère de la Pluie, 2001. Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 300 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand 2019. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Denis Martinez. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • BENANTEUR, Le Bois d’Amour.

    Le Bois d'Amour, 1981. Oil on canvas, 130 x 97 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. Copyright The Estate of Abdallah Benanteur. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • MOHAND, Le Jardin des Moines.

    Le Jardin des Moines, 1997. Oil on canvas, 146 x 228 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Abderrahmane Ould Mohand. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • ELMEYA, The White Horse (Portrait of Emir Abdelkader).

    The White Horse (Portrait of Emir Abdelkader), 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 175 x 198 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © El Meya Benchikh El Fegoun. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KORAICHI, Tu es mon amour depuis tant d’années.

    Tu es mon amour depuis tant d'années, 1999-2000. Group of 61 drawings, Indian ink on paper, diameter 13,5 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe. Copyright Rachid Koraichi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • BOUABDELLAH, Video. Envers - Endroit.

    Envers - Endroit, 2016. Photograph still from the original video. © Zoulikha Bouabdellah. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KHADDA, Sahel sous le vent.

    Sahel sous le vent, 1989. Oil on canvas, 89 x 116 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © The Estate of Mohamed Khadda. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • YAHIAOUI, La Main du secours.

    La Main du secours, 2020. Sculpture, 107 x 40,2 x 40,2 cm. This piece is unique. Donation Claude and France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Kamel Yahiaoui. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • BEN BELLA, Ecritures peintes.

    Ecritures peintes, 1983. Oil on canvas, 300 x 260 cm. Collection of the Institut du monde arabe Museum, inv. AC 86-33. © The Estate of Mahjoub Ben Bella. Musée de l'IMA, Paris.

  • NALLARD, La Demi-Lune.

    La Demi-Lune, 1991. Oil on canvas, 120 x 135 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © The Estate of Louis Nallard. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • BEL BAHAR, Femmes d’Alger d’après Delacroix.

    Femmes d'Alger d'après Delacroix, ca 1962. Mixed media on paper, 54 x 88 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Souhila Bel Bahar. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • MESLI, Les Protectrices.

    Les Protectrices, 1991. Mixed media on cardboard, 110 x 74,5 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © The Estate of Choukri Mesli. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • AKSOUH, Untitled.

    Untitled, 2003. Oil on canvas, 120 x 135 cm. Donation Claude and France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Mohamed Aksouh. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • AMARA, Femme endormie.

    Femme endormie, 1980-1984. Terracotta cast in bronze, 26 x 48 x 24 cm. Collection of the Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Mohand Amara. IMA.

ALGERIA MY LOVE. Artists of the Algerian fra­ter­nity, 1953-2021..

https://www.imarabe.org/fr/expo­si­tions/algerie-mon-amour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgvt­tB2krpQ

Artists of the exhi­bi­tion:
- Louis NALLARD (1918-2016)
- Abdelkader GUERMAZ (1919-1996)
- M’hamed ISSIAKHEM (1928-1985)
- Mohamed KHADDA (1930-1991)
- BAYA (1931-1998)
- Choukri MESLI (1931-2017)
- Abdallah BENANTEUR (1931-2017)
- Souhila BEL BAHAR (1934)
- Mohamed AKSOUH (1934)
- Denis MARTINEZ (1941)
- Mahjoub BEN BELLA (1946-2020)
- Rachid KORAICHI (1947)
- Mohand AMARA (1952)
- Abderrahmane Ould MOHAND (1960)
- Kamel YAHIAOUI (1966)
- Zoulikha BOUABDELLAH (1977)
- Halida BOUGHRIET (1980)
- EL MEYA Benchikh El Fegoun (1988)
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Introduction to the exhi­bi­tion:

Through ALGERIA MY LOVE, the Museum of the Institute of the Arab World in Paris and the Claude and France Lemand Fund will tes­tify to the great cre­ativity of three gen­er­a­tions of modern and con­tem­po­rary artists from Algeria and the dias­pora, despite the dif­fi­cult his­tor­ical, social and eco­nomic cir­cum­stances that these cre­ators went through. They wanted to bear wit­ness to the fra­ter­nity and sol­i­darity that have linked Algerian and French artists and intel­lec­tuals during the most dif­fi­cult years of their common his­tory, fra­ter­nity and sol­i­darity which con­tinue to this day.

ALGERIE MY LOVE is a song of the pain of the land and Algerian people col­o­nized and mar­tyrized, the song of the Algerian cul­ture and iden­tity denied and uprooted. It is also the song of freedom and hope, of the renewal of artistic and lit­erary cre­ativity and the announce­ment of a renais­sance, nec­es­sary and long awaited.

ALGERIE MY LOVE is the expres­sion of the love that all artists have for Algeria, those inside and even more those out­side, all these cre­ators from the dias­pora who can say, like Abdallah Benanteur: "Algeria is in me, only my feet have left it; my mind is always roaming around mine.".

ALGERIA MY LOVE will ques­tion the artistic, cul­tural and human impor­tance of the cos­mopolitan Parisian scene, a place of dia­logue between artists who came from all over the world during the decades which fol­lowed the end of the Second World War, and saw the ques­tioning of the colo­nial system and of European cen­trism. Artists of the three gen­er­a­tions and col­lec­tors-donors have been sen­si­tive to the attrac­tive­ness of the Paris of arts and cul­ture, its inno­va­tive spirit who decon­structed the hier­ar­chies that had pre­vailed in the art world and to these paradigm shifts whose effects are still being felt.

Claude and France Lemand’s pas­sion for the works of Abdallah Benanteur and their interest in non-European worlds have guided over time the con­sti­tu­tion of a remark­able col­lec­tion, which has been found in har­mony with France’s desire to create an Institute with a museum, in order to open eyes to artists from the Arab world and its dias­poras. Today, the national and inter­na­tional public can only be touched by the rich­ness and diver­sity of works cre­ated by artists from Algeria, a small number of pieces will be revealed in the ALGERIA MY LOVE exhi­bi­tion, chosen from the col­lec­tion of the 600 Algerian modern and con­tem­po­rary art­works of the IMA Museum.

This col­lec­tion is not suf­fi­ciently rep­re­sen­ta­tive of cer­tain his­tor­ical artists, such as Jean de Maisonseul, Choukri Mesli, Rachid Koraichi, …; it is even non-exis­tent for visual artists who appeared in Europe in the 2000s, such as Yazid Oulab, Driss Ouadahi, Djamel Tatah, Bruno Boudjelal, Zineb Sedira, Kader Attia, Adel Abdessemed, Fayçal Baghriche, Abdelkader Benchama, Mohamed Bourouissa, Neïl Beloufa and many more. We hope that emblem­atic works by these artists will enrich the col­lec­tions of the new IMA museum.

The weekly guided visits and meet­ings will study the his­tor­ical, social, eco­nomic and aes­thetic con­text of the pro­duc­tion of each gen­er­a­tion and each artist in par­tic­ular and will ana­lyze the works in their con­tin­gent, unique and uni­versal. They will invite vis­i­tors to appre­ciate the beauty of the works and to taste the plea­sure of con­tem­plating them.

Copyright © Galerie Claude Lemand 2012.

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