Dia Azzaqi: A Retrospective (From 1963 until tomorrow)

 “I am the cry, who will give voice to me?”
The Qatar’s art scene is in for a treat. Dia Azzawi, a renowned modern artists in the arab world, is currently having a solo exhibition in both Mathaf and Al Riwaq.

Under Qatar Museums and curated by Catherine David, the exhibition is open until 16 April 2017. Please refer to the Mathaf and Al Riwaq opening hours.

Dia Azzawi is an Iraqi artist born in Baghdad 1939. He had completed his fine arts education in the institute of fine arts in Baghdad and received an archeology degree from Baghdad university. Him along with several other artists, Ismail Fattah, Saleh al Jumaie and many others, created a collective under the same artistic ideology. His works responded to the political tragedies occurred during his lifetime such as the Palestinian struggle, the destruction of Jebel al-Hussein refugee camp and the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


“Held at two locations in order to trace the fullness of al-Azzawi’s practice, the first part of the exhibition begins with a survey of his early engagement with historical and popular sources including Arab poets, among them the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and Iraqi poets Fadhil al-Azzawi, Saadi Youssef, and Musaffar al-Nawab. The exhibition goes on to chart the shifts that occur in his practice, his relation to the techniques of printmaking and, finally, the consolidation of the relation between image and text into the defter, a personal interpretation of the artist book form developed throughout the 20th century.

The second part of the exhibition profiles the relationship between art and politics that emerged in his practice after 1968. It traces the formation of his critical use of the human form in response to the collapse of the Palestinian liberation movement in 1970 and the artist’s experience during his later military service in 1973 in Kurdistan. This posture was reactivated after a period of withdrawal following the artist’s move to London in response to the 1991Gulf War.” – Aramco World



The exhibition is showcasing over 546 artworks over 50 years and a wide range of mediums showing his growth has a Iraqi Modern Artist. He also had his artworks featured in various institutions such as Barjeel Art Foudnation, Tate Modern, British Museum and Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.


Marsya is an Interior Design/Art History VCU-Qatar student interested in culture, art and design. She draws too and you can find her here on Instagram @brbteatime 

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