Lot 8, Dia Azzawi - Untitled - Expanding the Horizon. Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East and North Africa <br>16 December 2021 7pm GMT +2 - Auctions



Executed in: 1990

Medium: Gouache on cardboard

Size: 59.5 x 112 cm

Signed and dated lower left


Galerie 50 x 70, Beirut. Acquired from the above by the present owner.



Estimate €8,000 - €12,000


Born in 1939 in Baghdad, Iraq, Dia Azzawi went on to study archaeology at the College of Arts and later at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad. In 1976, Azzawi left Iraq for London, where he studied printmaking and began producing work in open response to the conflicts plaguing his homeland. He continues to live and work in London, United Kingdom. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad, the Tate Modern in London, and the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, among others.

“From the beginning, Azzawi’s interest in history, folklore, tradition, and the modernist language was bound up with an attempt to understand, and to find a way out of the human experience of injustice. He understood Iraq as the enactment of a constructed memory that is shared communally through a pain and agony that are at time also performative.”

Dr Nada Shabout, A Dialogue with Modernism, essay. In Dia Azzawi, A Retrospective from 1963 until Tomorrow. Mathaf Museum, Qatar, p 24.


Galerie 50 x 70, Beirut, c. 1990s.

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