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1969 Acrylique sur papier sur carton Acrylic on paper on cardboard 95.5 x 142 cm

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Depuis quelques années, la redécouverte de Hamed Abdalla (1917-1985),  grand maitre égyptien du XXe s’est considérablement accélérée.  Ses oeuvres ont notament intégré les collections permanentes de la TATE et du MET.

En octobre 2018, la galerie Mark Hachem présentait, dans ses deux galeries à Paris,  l’exposition rétrospective « Abdalla, Le Caire – Paris » qui permit de découvrir l’extraordinaire évolution de l’artiste sur 40 années de création.

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Abdalla part de la lettre arabe qu’il transforme en être humain. En illustrant un mot avec les propres lettres qui le composent, il réduit volontairement son vocabulaire de formes. L’artiste se concentre alors sur l’agencement de ces formes pré-établies, sur la matière qui les compose ou les entoure et atteint «Det Skabende Ord» (le verbe créatif) : une synthèse expressive entre la calligraphie et l’art figuratif d’une puissance extraordinaire.

 

 

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The great Egyptian 20th century master, who was rediscovered in recent years, generates an increasing amount of interest with pieces recently acquired by Tate (London) and MET (New York). The exhibition « Le Caire – Paris », presented in 2018, was a retrospective that spaned the extraordinary evolution of Abdalla’s work over a 40-year period.

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Abdalla’s work starts with arabic alphabet that evolves into human figures. He illustrates each word with the actual letters that it is composed of and by doing so he limits the choice of shapes available to him.  He concentrates his work on the placement of these pre-ordained shapes, as well as on the choice of material, in order to achieve “Det Skabende Ord” (“the creative word”). Abdalla created something tremendously powerful, a dramatic synthesis of calligraphy and figurative art.

 

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" Limons et Pulsations" par Andrée Chedid (le Caire 1920 – Paris 2011), femme de lettres et poétesse.

 

 

D’abord :  des êtres, des paysages , surgis d’une surface craquelée,

charriant limon et pulsations.

Hamed Abdalla les appelait « Signes ».

Papiers froissés, couleur de rocs et du sable.

Qu’importe !

Son univers était là, mêlé à celui de l’Egypte.

Cette Egypte qui, une fois vécue, demeure dans l’immense battement du sang.

Ce fut, ensuite une recherche sur vitres.

Des couches de nitrate d’argent rayées de tons vifs.

Il les appelait « Talismans »

Qu’importe !

L’univers de Hamed Abdalla s’affirmait, se bâtissait sous d’autres formes,

se cherchait dans le dessin de l’écriture.

Poussant plus loin que l’alphabet et sa géométrie décorative,

                   plus loin que l’inscription du mot qui a commencement et fin,

                   il tenta d’imprimer dans la toile – au moyen de la lettre même –

                   un lieu de plénitude, un instant d’éternité.

Enfin, ces lettres se mirent à foisonner, à se chevaucher, créant horizons et profondeurs.

Parfois aussi, l’une d’entre elles s’amassait

Solitaire, palpable, souveraine, elle s’immobilisait ;

                   devenait sembable à la pierre antique,

                   traversée par les siècles, veinée par le temps.

La voie d’un artiste est pleine d’avenues et sans clôture.

Il va sans cesse. Il peine.

Il poursuit le sens toujours obscur, toujours vibrant, des choses

Il met au jour, par bribes, son monde intérieur.

Ces choses que son œil aux aguets nous font redécouvrir

                  Ce monde qui contient une part des nôtres.

Pour approcher une œuvre, les paroles semblent toujours de trop.

Il suffit d’une attention passionnée, il suffit d’un regard.

 

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Silts et Pulsations by Andrée Chedid (Cairo 1920 - Paris 2011) woman of letters and poetess.

First : beings, landscapes, emerging from a crackled surface,

            Carrying silt and pulsations.

Hamed Abdalla called them  « Signs ».

Crumpled papers, the colour of rock and sand.

What matter !

His universe was there, mixed with that of Egypt.

That Egypt wich, once experienced, reamins within the intense pulsing of blood

There was after a searching on glass.

Layers of silver nitrate scratched with vivid tones.

He called them « Talismans ».

What matter !

The universe of Hamed Abdalla asserted itself, built itself in other forms

            Sought its way in drawing writing.

Pushing further than the alphabet and its decorative geometry

            Further than the inscription of the word

            Wich is the beginning and the end,

            He tried to impress on canvas – by means of the letter itself –

            A space of plenitude, an instant of eternity.

Finally those letters began to multiply, to overlap, creating horizons and depths.

Sometimes also, one of them would gather itself.

Solitary, tangible, sovereign, it stood still ;

            Became like the ancient rock, crossed by centuries, veined by time.

The way of the artist is full of avenues and has no fences.

He moves on ceaselesly. He struggles.

He hunts the forever obscure, forever vibrating meaning of things.

He uncovers, by fragments, his interior world.

Those things wich his eye, ever alert, allow us to rediscover.

            This world wich contains a part of our own.

To approach an artist’s work, words always seem too much.

            You just need impassioned attention, you just need a look.

 

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Exhibitions

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) - New York

Tate Modern - London

Modern Art in Cairo,

Great Cairo Library,

Museum of Fine Arts in Alexandria,

Museum of the Faculty of Fine Arts - Alexandria

National Museum of Damascus

Ministery of Culture, Damascus

Municipality of Copenhagen

New-York Public Library

Mathaf Doha

Egyptian Embassy in Paris,

Museum of Modern Art in Tunis,

 

1941

First solo show with “Les Amis de la Culture Française”, gallery Horus, Cairo.

 

1942

Several solo shows in Cairo, Alexandria, Port-Said

 

1948

Port-Taufiq Ismailia.

Collective art exhibitions in Egypt, U.S.A. and Italy.

 

1949

Opens his art school in Cairo.

Solo show in the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo.

 

1950

solo show in Gallery Bernheim Jeune, Paris (1950)

 

1951

Exhibition “France-Egypt” in Palais du Louvre (Pavillon de Marsan) Paris.

Travels in France and in England until 1951.

Solo show Ťhe Egyptian Institut, London (1951)

 

1956

Retrospective exhibition in the Palace of Fine Arts, Cairo.

Solo show in Gallery Marcel Bernheim, Paris,

Solo shows in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Copenhagen.

Several collective exhibitions in Europe, the U.S.A. (Ťhe National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.and Metropolitan Museum , New York ) and in Asia.

Settled in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Opens a studio for young artists.

 

1957

Solo show : ”Signes d’Egypte” in Palermo , Rome, Grenaa , Aarhus.

 

1958

Solo show in “Kunstudstillingsbygningen”, Odense.

“Den Frie” Copenhagen, Randers, Viborg, Skive, Holstebro (Denmark), and Rotterdam.

 

1959

Solo shows in Herning, Odense (Denmark), Stuttgart, Sindelfingen, Siemens-Erlangen (Germany), Malmoe (Sweden), l’Atelier du Caire.

Collective Exhibitions in India, Iraq, Iran, Turkey.

Invited to the collective exhibition “Decembristerne” in “Den Frie”, Copenhagen.

 

1960

Solo show in Nyborg (Denmark)

Collective exhibitions: “Decembristerne”, Copenhagen ;

“Den Anonyme”, Odense.

 

1961

Collective exhibition: “ Decembristerne “,Copenhagen.

 

1964

Solo show: «Spejlet» (the Mirror), Royal Hotel, Copenhagen.

 

1965

Retrospective exhibitions (works 1933 -1964)

in Odense, and Gallery K.K. Copenhagen.

 

1966

Solo shows: “Det Skabende Ord”, Gallery B.B.

Randers, Aarhus, Moss (Norway).

Settled in Paris, France from May 1966.

 

1967

Solo show: National Museum of Damascus, Syria.

 

1968

Solo show: Gallery One, Beyrout.

 

1971

Visits Egypt

 

1975

Solo show in the Egyptian Cultural Center, Paris.

 

1976

Collective exhibition: “Les Indépendants – l’Art Egyptien Contemporain” , Grand Palais, Paris.

Solo show : «Société des amis de l’art» & Soviet center in Cairo

 

1978

International collective exhibition for Palestine, Beyrouth.

Solo show: Galerie Modern, Silkeborg (Denmark).

 

1979

Member of the international jury of UNESCO’s competitive posters.

 

1980

Collective exhibition: “ Art exhibition for the Palestinian resistance”, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art” (co-organized with the PLO).

 

1982

Collective exhibition for Palestine, UNESCO, Paris.

 

1983

Returns to Egypt.

Solo shows in Cairo: “Société des Amis de l’Art” in Heliopolis and Zamalek.

Represents Egypt at the Congress for Arab Culture in Kuweit.

 

1984

Collective exhibition: “First Exhibition for Contemporary Arab Art”, Museum of Modern Art, Tunis.

Conferences in Cairo on Egyptian and Arab contemporary Art.

 

 

 

 

Posthumous exhibitions

 

1986

 

Commemorative exhibition in Cairo Atelier, Egypt (40 days after his death).

 

1987

 

Retrospective exhibition: Galerie de Lappe, Paris.

 

1988

 

Commemorative exhibition: Galerie Ebla, Damascus, Syria

 

1989

 

Commemorative exhibition: Egyptian Cultural Center, Paris.

 

1990

 

Traveling Exhibition in Denmark.

 

Retrospective exhibition: Galerie La Part Du Sable, Cairo , Egypt.

 

Retrospective exhibition: Belfort, France.

 

1991

 

Collective exhibition: Toyamaya gallery, New York.

 

1994

 

Collective exhibition: Galerie Yahia, Tunis.

 

Commemorative exhibition: Museum of Modern Art, Cairo.

 

1995

 

Collective exhibition: “Semaine d’Egypte”, UNESCO, Paris.

 

Exhibition: Galerie Danielle Bourdette, Honfleur, France.

 

Retrospective exhibition: «Homage à Hamed Abdalla», Egyptian Cultural Center, Paris.

 

1996

 

Collective exhibition: Galerie Erik Baudet, Le Havre.

 

1997

 

Collective exhibition: Galerie Al – Ahram, Cairo.

 

Special exhibition: «l’Espoir Fellah», Galerie Autres Regard, Paris.

 

1998

 

Special exhibition: «l’Espoir Fellah», Centre Social et Culturel, Colombes.

 

Retrospective exhibition: Galerie Mashrabia, Cairo.

 

1999

 

Collective exhibition: «Pioneers of Art», Gallery Safar Khan, Cairo.

 

2004

 

Exhibition: «Oum Saber et le Paysan éloquent», French Cultural Center of Alexandria.

 

2008

 

Auktion : «Modern and Calligraphic Arab and Iranian Art»

 

2009

 

Exhibition: «Hamed Abdalla, Selected Works», Galerie Karim Francis, Cairo.

 

2013

 

Collective exhibition: TAJREED, Arab Abstract Art, CAP Koweit.

 

2014

 

Abdalla’s collection at Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, february.

 

Installation «Talisman», French Embassy, Cairo, february.

 

Exhibition: «Hamed Abdalla, Selected Works», Beyrouth, february.

 

Exhibition: «Hamed Abdalla, Selected Works»,

 

Art Dubaï, march.

 

Gwangju Biennale : “People from the Caverns”, september.

 

2015

 

Exhibition: «Hamed Abdalla, Selected Works», Cairo, january.

 

Art 15, London, May.

 

2018

 

« The Skabende Ord », Art Dubai, galerie Mark Hachem

 

International art fairs

Art Dubai 2014, 2018, 2019