CHOUKINI - SCULPTURES. - A Tribute to Beirut !

From 27 July to 27 August - Espace Claude Lemand

  • Choukini, Desert Gate.

    Desert Gate, 1996. Angelica wood, 69 x 40 x 16 cm. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Choukini, Chardon.

    Chardon, 2016. Mahogany, 108 x 39 x 20,5 cm. Unique Piece. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Choukini, Lieu aux oliviers saccagés.

    Lieu aux oliviers saccagés, 2016. Iroko, 80 x 73 x 72 cm. Unique Piece. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • CHOUKINI, High Columns.

    High Columns, 2015. Mahogany, 59 x 29 x 12,5 cm. This piece is unique. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • CHOUKINI, Lute - Oud.

    Oud - Lute, 2018. Iroko wood, 84 x 36 x 8 cm. This piece is unique. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • CHOUKINI, Tower.

    Tower, 1997. Sculpture in oak, 36 x 23 x 15 cm. This piece is unique. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • CHOUKINI, Griffes d’ourson.

    Griffes d'ourson, 2016. Sculpture in iroko, 96 x 38 x 16 cm. This piece is unique. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • CHOUKINI, Grande figurine.

    Grande figurine, 2019. Sculpture in sippo, 75 x 13 x 5 cm. This piece is unique. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • CHOUKINI, Cloud.

    Cloud, 2020. Sculpture in oak, 75 x 13 x 5 cm. This piece is unique. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • CHOUKINI, Nude.

    Nude, 2020. Sculpture in oak, 103 x 24 x 38 cm. This piece is unique. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • CHOUKINI, Figure.

    Figure, 2020. Sculpture in oak, 106,5 x 47,5 x 25 cm. This piece is unique. © Chaouki Choukini. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

Chaouki CHOUKINI - RECENT SCULPTURES.
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Born in 1946 in Lebanon, the Lebanese-French sculptor lives and works in France. He studied at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, from 1967 to 1972. He was awarded with the Prix for Young Sculpture in 1978. In 1984, he trav­elled with his wife to Japan. From 1985 to 1987, he taught sculp­ture at the Lebanese University of Tripoli and then from 1989 to 1991 at the Jordanian University of Yarmouk. During its annual Formal Sitting that took place on 18 November 2015, the French Academy of Fine Arts awarded the Lebanese artist Chaouki Choukini with the Pierre Gianadda Prize for Sculpture in order to reward him for the achieve­ments of his sculp­tural oeuvre.

Choukini’s sculp­tures can be found in sev­eral impor­tant public col­lec­tions, such as that of the National Gallery of Jordan in Amman; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; the Institut du monde arabe, Paris and in the col­lec­tions of the FNAC (National Fund for Contemporary Art) and the FDAC (Departmental Fund for Contemporary Art) in France. Since October 2018, the museum of the Institut du Monde Arabe now houses the most impor­tant col­lec­tion of sculp­tures by Choukini, thanks to the Claude and France Lemand Donation in 2018.
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Salah Stétié.

« This Lebanese artist arrived in France directly from his vil­lage in South Lebanon. At the time, he carved strange, imag­i­nary and soberly baroque con­struc­tions in wood. The formal evi­dence, on the bor­der­line with fan­tasy, imposed itself : these sculp­tures simul­ta­ne­ously appear as irra­tional mon­u­ments, checker­boards for games of chance, fig­ures that are inter­locked and involved with a sort of big meta­phys­ical game. Since then, Choukini has divested him­self to the advan­tage of curves and sur­face planes. He uses the mate­rial as a key­board and extracts from it pow­erful and del­i­cate formal com­po­si­tions on which are dis­played a fig­ural sug­ges­tion, almost at the second degree. The word ‘key­board’ is even more so appro­priate here as it also trans­lates the sought after and achieved effect, that of music, which is simple and pure sim­ilar to a melody, yet some­times more com­plex and almost like an orchestra. The mute music pre­sent in Choukini’s sculp­tures is a chal­lenge to the absurd canon that fatally shoots here and there to kill, without suc­ceeding, Lebanon’s soul and body, which stands like a strong and tender moun­tain, just like the sculp­tures and sculptor I have here men­tioned.

After forty years of career as a sculptor, Chaouki Choukini has always remained true to him­self. This man who came from Lebanon, a country of rocks and sun, always pays close atten­tion to the sin­cerity of objects and shapes, some­times giving pri­ority to the music of the mate­rial, other times to objec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion. This inge­nious bal­ance makes each and every one of Choukini’s cre­ations quake with emo­tion. Choukini’s sculp­ture reveals the poetic, yet often so tragic, strangeness of our con­di­tion. »

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