PORTRAITS OF THE-NON-EXISTENT-BIRD. - BOUTROS AL-MAARI.

From 14 to 16 May 2020 - Museum. Institut du monde arabe.

  • MAARI, Book 1 + Book 2. Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Book 1.Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2004. Original Artist book, with Claude Aveline's poem manuscript in Arabic. Cover and 22 pages painted by the artist, in a painted box, 40 x 30 x 5 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Boutros Al-Maari and The Estate of Claude Aveline. Book 2. Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2004. Original Artist book, with Claude Aveline's poem manuscript in French. Cover and 28 pages painted by the artist, 22, x 17 cm. in a painted box, 26 x 19 x 4,5 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Boutros Al-Maari and The Estate of Claude Aveline.

  • MAARI, Small polyptych 1. Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2015. Small polyptych 1. Mixed media on cardboard, 10 x 50 cm. Collection Claude and France Lemand. © Boutros Al-Maari. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • MAARI, Small polyptych 2. Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2015. Small polyptych 2. Mixed media on cardboard, 10 x 50 cm. Collection Claude and France Lemand. © Boutros Al-Maari. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • MAARI, Book 3. Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2018. Artist book, with poem manuscript in German. Painted pages under cover, 21 x 16 cm. Collection Claude and France Lemand. © Boutros Al-Maari and The Estate of Claude Aveline.

  • MAARI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2020. Acrylic and collage on canvas, 115 x 90 cm. © Boutros Al-Maari and The Estate of Claude Aveline. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • MAARI, Book. Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2018. Artist book in 8 pages, with the poem manuscript in German translation. Mixed media and collage on cardboard, 23 x 24 cm. © Boutros Al-Maari and The Estate of Claude Aveline. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • MAARI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2020. Mixed media on canvas, 145 x 90 cm. © Boutros Al-Maari. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

PORTRAITS OF THE NON-EXISTENT-BIRD - BOUTROS AL-MAARI.
Claude Lemand.

The Birds of Boutros Al-Maari.

In the two handwritten and painted books he dedicated to Claude Aveline’s Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas in 2004, he wrote the poem in French and Arabic, painted all the pages of the books and put them in painted wooden boxes, like the precious old boxes of Damascus.

The storyteller-bird of Al-Maari is the central figure of the meetings by night in the cafes of Damascus and the main cities of the Arab Middle East, whose heroic or facetious tales kept going, night after night, an audience of men and children. The iconography of these book is in the spirit of the popular tradition of poetic figuration of the paintings under glass or the illuminated Arabic manuscripts.

Claude Aveline’s poem inspired one again Boutros Al-Maari. In 2015, in two small narrative and nostalgic paintings, the bird becomes the symbol of lost love: a migratory but unfaithful bird. In 2018, he painted a book with the poem manuscript in its German translation, the language of his new country of exile.

Copyright © Galerie Claude Lemand 2012.

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