Exhibition at the Arab World Institute. From March 18 to July 31, 2022.
ALGERIA MY LOVE. Algerian Brotherhood Artists 1953-2021.
Message by Jack Lang. President of the Arab World Institute.
Three generations of fraternity artists.
36 works by 18 artists testifying to the great diversity and extraordinary creativity of three generations of visual artists from Algeria and the diasporas: bet raised - and kept! - by the Arab World Institute. An exhibition made possible thanks to the generosity of the donor Claude Lemand, curator of this exhibition.
We (re)discover the magic of the Ladies of Baya, the tragic power of the Women of Issiakhem, the virtuoso primitivism of Martinez, the magical inventiveness of Koraïchi ... All works from the rich collection of modern and contemporary art of the museum of the IMA, which preserves, for the Algerian corpus alone, more than 600 works, the largest collection in the Western world.
This event, even more than an exhibition, is the illustration of the universalist manifesto that the artists of Algeria and France, all origins, cultures, religions combined, proclaimed at the end of the Second World War by the fraternity which unites them: the same love of freedom - that of Algeria and its independence, which everyone was calling for - and the same love of art.
This fraternity resounds like a powerful echo to the message that the Institute, on this 60th anniversary of the independence of Algeria, will make heard throughout the year with its "Regards sur l’Algérie à l’IMA", in a rich programming of exhibitions, symposiums, meetings, screenings … The brotherhood of arts and ideas is more alive than ever. It is the Ariadne’s thread of an unwavering Franco-Algerian friendship, of which the Institute of the Arab World will present the most beautiful fruits.