Zaha Hadid @ Serpentine Sackler


Of all those who left us in 2016, one of the most heartbreaking and devastating losses to the world of art and architecture was the premature death of Dame Zaha Hadid. The Iraqi-born, Lebanese and British educated architect was a pioneer and an inspiration to many. The exhibition of her drawings at the Serpentine Sackler […]

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Azadeh Razaghdoost @ Sophia Contemporary


‘O rose thou art sick The invisible worm … Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy’ – The Sick Rose, William Blake, 1794 What does the state of contemporary Iran and eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain and France have in common? Persian artist, Azadeh Razaghdoost, […]

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Barjeel Art Foundation @ Whitechapel


The final show in Whitechapel’s four part exhibition of contemporary art from the Middle East is probably both the most interesting and the most frustrating. Over the past year the gallery has played host to the Barjeel Art Foundation in a bid to introduce Londoners to modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. This […]

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Edel Adnan @ Serpentine Sackler


The work inside Edel Adnan’s Serpentine show is bright and colourful. It doesn’t scream for joy, but it certainly does not appear to be at all woeful. It comes as a surprise then, that it has been titled ‘The Weight of the World’, a term that comes with a lot of negative connotations. Adnan is […]

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Sursock @ Beirut


I have just returned from a trip to my mother’s beautiful homeland: Beirut. Of course, no trip would be complete without a visit to a museum or gallery and Lebanon certainly impressed with its stunning Sursock Museum. The Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum is a glittering white palace. When the sun is up its spectacular façade […]

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Debating Modernism II @ Whitechapel

Barjeel Art Foundation 1

Towards the end of last year, I wrote about the ongoing series of exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery that present the Barjeel Art Foundation’s collection of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. The first exhibition of the sequence left a positive impression on me, however, after returning for the second, I couldn’t help […]

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Contemporary Arab Art @ Whitechapel


The incumbent exhibition of modern and contemporary Arab art at the Whitechapel Gallery is not in any way how I expected it to be. I am so used to seeing modern art displayed against white walls that when a slightly coloured background is introduced I am thrown a little off balance. That said, the unexpected […]

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