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.