Tribute to the sculptor MONA SAUDI, who passed away in Beirut on February 16, 2022.

From 17 to 23 February 2022 - Institut du monde arabe

  • MONA SAUDI, Géométrie de l’esprit. Portrait.

    Mona Saudi in front of the IMA façaçade, in 1987, with her monumental sculpture Géométrie de l'esprit. Gift from the Jordan Kingdom. © The Estate of Mona Saudi. Institut du monde arabe. DR.

Tribute to the sculptor MONA SAUDI, who passed away in Beirut on February 16, 2022.

Jack Lang, President of the Arab World Institute, Paris:
“ Sad news for con­tem­po­rary art and for the IMA with the dis­ap­pear­ance of the lumi­nous Mona Saudi. A coura­geous, com­mitted, free woman... She was a pow­erful, gen­erous, inspired and won­der­fully caring artist. Originally from Jordan, she fled to Lebanon at the age of 17 to live her voca­tion, studied in Paris, dia­logued with poets and exhib­ited all over the world. Very rare are the women sculp­tors who engage in this hand-to-hand combat with the stone which she cuts, engraves, smooths to infinity...

Her abstract works imprinted with musi­cality and spir­i­tu­ality are in the col­lec­tions of great museums of the world, including that of the Arab World Institute in Paris, which has sev­eral of his works, including her mas­ter­piece Geometry of the Spirit, donated by the Kingdom of Jordan to the IMA since its inau­gu­ra­tion in 1987. Recently restored, it is posted on the fore­court of the entrance. I invite you to visit this mon­u­mental stele in her memory.”

Mona Saudi was only 17 when she fled Jordan to orga­nize her first per­sonal exhi­bi­tion in Beirut. A coura­geous, free and cre­ative woman, she had set­tled there and par­tic­i­pated in the golden age of the City of Light of the Levant, which she had adopted and which had adopted her in turn. She con­tinued to live and sculpt there, refusing to leave the country now blood­less and in ruins, fighting valiantly against the cancer that took her away.
Mona Saudi’s sculp­ture was fea­tured in Lights of Lebanon exhi­bi­tion. Four of her impor­tant sculp­tures are in the col­lec­tion of the Arab World Institute Museum, including the mon­u­mental Geometry of the Spirit, placed on the façade of the IMA since the inau­gu­ra­tion of Jean Nouvel’s building in 1987.

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