Acquisition n° 1500, donated by Claude & France Lemand to the Institut du monde arabe’s Museum.
In addition to the 1,300 artworks from their initial donation, Claude and France Lemand have gifted a further 200 new artworks over the last ten months, following the creation of their endowment fund in October 2018.
Claude and France Lemand have just gifted to the IMA museum the 1,500th artwork of their donation which is an impressive expressionist triptych by the young Syrian painter Miryam Haddad, entitled Silence (2018. Oil on canvas, 195 x 360 cm) that was exhibited at the Fondation Cartier for contemporary art in Paris last spring.
Born in Damascus in 1991, Miryam Haddad settled in Paris in 2012 and obtained her diploma from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts famous school in 2017. She had her first solo show in 2018 with Art : Concept gallery in Paris.
In a mixture of triviality and fantasy, apparent naivety and melancholy, these characters camouflage and exacerbate a reality too ugly and cruel to be represented. The human figure is also treated in a rough way, deformed or summed up in a few convulsive brushstrokes that evoke the tormented traits of painters such as Chaim Soutine, James Ensor or Marwan Kassab Bachi. Unburdened by the pessimism of those who inspired her, Myriam Haddad claims, however, the positive power of the imaginary, an imaginary that invites us to flee the real without altogether denying it.