The Barjeel Art Foundation presents ‘Paul Guiragossian: Testimonies of Existence’ until 28 April 2018
‘Paul Guiragossian: Testimonies of Existence’ exhibition at the Barjeel Art Foundation is curated by Maisa Al Qassimi with the assistance of Mandy Merzaban in partnership with the Paul Guiragossian Foundation.
The exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of Paul Guiragossian’s death and features works from the 1960’s through to the 1990’s.
The collection of works in the exhibition highlights the critical influences and interests, history and philosophy that have become firm markers of the unique and captivating Guiragossian style.
a selection of Paul Guiragossian works from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection and other prominent private collections within the UAE. Guest curated by Maisa Al Qassimi with Mandy Merzaban as curatorial advisor, the exhibition is held in collaboration with the Paul Guiragossian Foundation and its president Manuella Guiragossian, daughter of the late artist.
Acutely aware of the physical and psychological effects of exile and displacement, his personal experience as a refugee played a role in his nuanced awareness of the body. Born in Jerusalem in 1926 to Armenian parents, survivors of the Armenian Genocide, Guiragossian and his family migrated to Jerusalem, then to Jaffa and eventually to Beirut by boat in the years leading up to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
The entire exhibition, rather than offering a full survey of Guirgossian’s career aims to shed light on important moments and focal points and the timeless relevance of his works which are, in the artist’s own “They are testimony to our existence, and we will always find something new in jthem,” he said, upon winning a prize at the first edition of the Paris Biennale in 1959.
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