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Exhibition: Artists making books - poetry to politics

Location

British Museum,

Great Russell Street, London,
WC1B 3DG

Dates

This exhibition CLOSED on Sun, 18th Feb 2024

Cost: Free of Charge

Description

Whether subverting, inverting, celebrating or exploding – this intriguing new show explores the history of artists taking on the medium of books.

In the hands of artists and poets, books have been taking a radically different form since the advent of the artist's book in Paris in the early 20th century. Appearing in a variety of shapes and sizes, as one-offs or small print editions, books offer artists and poets a novel form of expression – in the words of Indian artist Nalini Malani the book is 'a carrier of experience', in which whole worlds are encapsulated.

In this small yet powerful display, works made by artists from New York to Damascus and beyond will highlight the relationship between artists and poets and the influences that inform their work, from family to politics and everything in between: Lebanese artist Abed Al Kadiri (b. 1984) conceived his book during the first month of the pandemic to explore his family history, while through the eyes of Iraqi artist Kareem Risan (b. 1960) we see the shocking aftermath of a deadly explosion on the streets of Baghdad in 2005.

Also inspirational to artists is classical poetry and literature: the mystic poetry of medieval Persian poets Jalal al-Din Rumi and Hafez, as well as the tales of the Arabian Nights, all find expression in the works in the exhibition.


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This exhibition runs from Fri, 27th Oct 2023 to Sun, 18th Feb 2024

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Location

British Museum,

Great Russell Street, London,
WC1B 3DG

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