Dongola Limited Editions – Beirut Art Fair – Hussein Madi

Dongola Limited Editions – Beirut Art Fair – Hussein Madi

Abed Al Kadiri’s curatorial statement:

Hussein Madi’s Roman story began on New Year’s Eve, 1963. Upon arriving in the Italian capital, he enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arte, initiating what would be a two-decade-long stay.

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By locating these early collectors and investigating the fate of the works, this astounding collection reemerged. Unexpected Trove unfolded like a visual diary of Madi’s early interactions with the Italian environment through an exceptional ensemble of landscapes  remarkably different from canvases he would create later during his first five years in Rome. It also emphasized his studio practice, at a time when he was developing his own rules of abstraction, ultimately expressing what he calls the “universal order of things.”

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Fundamental to Madi’s career, these paintings, now a part of the Mazen and Loulia Soueid collection, frame the artist at a pivotal point in his artistic trajectory, and remain a testament to the Lebanese-Italian artistic exchanges of the mid-1960s.

Curator: Abed Al Kadiri

Works from the Mazen & Loulia Soueid collection.

Unexpected Trove—The Unseen Works of Hussein Madi was accompanied by a limited-edition catalogue published by Dongola Books, featuring an analytical essay by art historian Dr Marie Tomb and a text by journalist and editor Rebecca Proctor.

Dongola Limited Editions – Beirut Art Fair – Hussein Madi

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