From 21 September to 20 December 2019 - Museum. Institut du monde arabe.

  • LEKLETI, Noyée dans la poussière de la lumière.

    Noyée dans la poussière de la lumière, 2019. Mixed media and collage on paper laid down on wood panel, 114 x 162 cm. Private Collection. © Mohamed Lekleti. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • MAARI, Notre-Dame.

    Notre-Dame, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, diameter 132 cm. © Boutros Al-Maari. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • AZZAWI, Notre-Dame.

    Notre-Dame, 2019. Acrylic on relief in wood, 60 x 39 x 7 cm. Double face. © Dia Al-Azzawi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • MEHADJI, Notre-Dame.

    Notre-Dame, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 110 cm. © Najia Mehadji. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.


Les dona­teurs Claude et France Lemand, bouleversés par l’incendie qui a ravagé, le 15 avril dernier, l’emblé­ma­tique cathé­drale Notre-Dame de Paris, ont demandé à des artistes du monde arabe et des dias­poras, touchés eux aussi par ce drame, d’apporter leur témoignage.

Témoignage de Claude Lemand

’ Like mil­lions of other viewers around the world, I was struck by the tragedy of the fire that dev­as­tated Notre-Dame in Paris. It brought back to me painful mem­o­ries of the war in Lebanon. Jack Lang wit­nessed the fire with his own eyes from the ter­race over­looking Notre-Dame at the top of Jean Nouvel’s building. His inter­ven­tions on Radio and TV encour­aged me to trans­form my emo­tions and sad­ness into a pos­i­tive and gen­erous pro­ject, in the same vein as the dona­tion we just did to the Museum of the Institut du Monde Arabe.

The morning after the fire, I sum­moned a small group of artists from the Arab world, whom I was very close to and who fea­ture promi­nently in our dona­tion. Those artists were also struck by this fire that rav­aged a mon­u­ment which has stood for almost a thou­sand years, a symbol of a European and uni­versal civil­i­sa­tion. They know it well and they feel part of its legacy just as much as French and European artists. They pro­duced per­sonal art­works to convey their com­pas­sion, the dia­logue of arts and uni­versal values between the East and the West.

I hope that this exhi­bi­tion of con­tem­po­rary art­works will give a brighter, more pos­i­tive, more uni­versal and humanist image of the Arab World and its dias­poras, dif­ferent from the images of despo­tism, terror and obscu­ran­tism that bring death to these coun­tries’ bodies and minds, and every­where else in the world. ’

First Artists :

- Najia Mehadji (France-Morocco, 1950)
- Dia Al-Azzawi (Iraq, 1939-London)
- Mohamed Lekleti (Morocco, 1965- France)
- Boutros Al-Maari (Syria, 1968-Germany)

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