Originally organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, as the largest and most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to date, the fourth iteration of the international tour of Hassan Sharif: I Am The Single Work Artist, co-curated by Al Qasimi and Aurélie Voltz, General Director of MAMC+, will be on view at MAMC+ from 5 March to 26 September 2021. Tracing nearly five decades of the artist’s multimedia practice, including painting, sculpture, assemblage, drawing, installation and photography as well as later works on view for the first time, this landmark retrospective is the culmination of the artist’s lifelong role as an advocate and pioneer for the development of contemporary art and thought in the United Arab Emirates, particularly in Sharjah, where he first began staging interventions and exhibitions of contemporary art and exhibited at the first Sharjah Biennial in 1993.
Often cited as the father of contemporary art in the United Arab Emirates, Sharif began making art in the 1970s, but he soon departed from the region’s dominant art forms and embraced the radical approaches of avant-garde movements such as Fluxus and British Constructivism. Organised chronologically, I Am The Single Work Artist traces the development of Sharif’s conceptual art practice from 1973 to 2016, highlighting his unprecedented influence through key series revisited throughout his life that illustrate his enduring social and philosophical reflections on mathematical systems, time and the banality of the everyday. Following the retrospective, four rooms will be dedicated to works from the MAMC+ collections that echo Sharif’s work and influences and give resonance to the artist’s use of everyday materials, from Hard-edge painting to Fluxus, photo conceptualism and minimal art as well as other practices such as Supports/Surfaces in France.
Following its debut at Sharjah Art Foundation in 2017, Hassan Sharif: I Am The Single Work Artist travelled to KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2020), where it was curated by Al Qasimi and KW Institute Director Krist Gruijthuijsen, and to Malmö Konsthall (2020), where it was curated by Al Qasimi and Mats Stjernstedt, Director of Malmö Konsthall.
The European tour of the exhibition has been organised by Sharjah Art Foundation in collaboration with KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Malmö Konsthall; and the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Etienne.
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