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Focus: Works from the Mathaf Collection

11 October 2015 – 14 February 2016

Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection is a series of solo exhibitions, featuring artists from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, inviting audiences to rethink their understanding of art history and its connection to the world through original research, writing, and curating. The first five exhibitions feature Farid Belkahia (Morocco), Saloua Raouda Choucair (Lebanon), Faraj Daham (Qatar), Inji Efflatoun (Egypt) and Abdelhalim Radwi (Saudi Arabia).

Faraj Daham

Daham is one of Qatar's leading artists. Having completed his academic training in the United States and the Gulf, Daham founded the Qatar Fine Arts Society and is a significant influencer within the local arts scene. He has held significant exhibitions in Doha in the past, including previously at Mathaf and Katara, where his art conveyed dreams, aspirations, anxieties and simple recorded memories sent from Doha to the home cities of labourers working tirelessly to build the city.

Inji Aflatoun

Inji was an artist and activist in the women's movement of Egypt, often seen as pioneer of modern Egyptian art. Born in 1924, Efflatoun's paintings are strongly inspired by the social reality of the people of the Egyptian working class. Her works can be found in her permanent collection at Amir Taz Palace in Cairo, as well as at Mathaf and the Museum of Egyptian Modern Art in Cairo.

Saloua Raouda Choucair

Saloua Raouda Choucair, born in 1916, pioneered abstract art in the Middle East and was the first artist of the kind in her country of birth, Lebanon. Sculpture is a strong focus of her work, and her ideas are often implemented across various materials, and forms from her early paintings are repeated in later sculptures and in other items she made to express her belief that art should be a living, architectural reality. 

Saloua Raouda Choucair, Dual, 1978-80, Bronze, 20.5 x 21 x 22.5 cm
Saloua Raouda Choucair, Dual, 1978-80, Bronze, 20.5 x 21 x 22.5 cm

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