SALOUA RAOUDA CHOUCAIR CENTENNIAL
To mark her 100th birthday, the Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation is loaning a series of sculptures to the Sursock Museum, to be displayed on the Museum’s esplanade. The Foundation is also organizing a panel discussion to explore Ms. Choucair’s work in greater detail.
The panelists will include George Arbid (professor of architecture, American University of Beirut; director and co-founder, Arab Center for Architecture, Beirut); Clare Davies (art historian and curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York); and Reem Fadda (art historian and curator, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, New York). The conversation will be moderated by Kirsten Scheid (Modern Arab art specialist; professor at the American University of Beirut) and prefaced with remarks by distinguished guests. For more information click here.
Saloua Raouda Choucair (b. 1916) is a pioneer of abstract art in the region and an important figure in the history of global modernism. For over five decades the artist created works in a range of media – painting, sculpture, jewelry, textile, mural and design – reflecting her interests in science, mathematics, Islamic art and the principles of Sufism. With her use of symmetry and basic elements, such as the line and the curve, Saloua Raouda Choucair has developed a visual language that has made her one of the most recognized artists of her generation.
Saloua Raouda Choucair in her Beirut studio in 1974. Copyright Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation, Beirut. Courtesy Agial Art Gallery, Beirut.
Feature image: Saloua Raouda Choucair, Detail of Architecture of Tomorrow (1965) and Composition (1968) © Sursock Museum