Event: Saloua Raouda Choucair
Location: Tate Modern, SE1
The Tate Modern is holding the first ever UK exhibition of the work of the Lebanese painter and sculptor Saloua Raouda Choucair, beginning in April.
Choucair, who is now in her 90s, was a pioneering figure in development of abstract art in the Middle East in the 20th century.
The exhibition has 120 works covering over six decades of her painting and sculpture, focusing on her sculptures from the 1950s to ’80s such as Poem 1963-5, and paintings such as the abstract oil painting Composition in Blue Module 1947-51, inspired by her experiences as a student at Fernand Leger’s studio in Paris.
In the last few years the Tate has been acquiring work from beyond Europe and North America, and the Choucair exhibition is a reflection of the decision to look at art from outside its traditional areas of interest. Also this year the gallery will be hosting an exhibition on the modernist Sudanese artist Ibrahim el-Salahi (3 Jul-22 Sep).
The Saloua Raouda Choucair exhibition is on at the Tate Modern at Bankside from 17 Apr to 20 Oct 2013. Opening hours are 10am-6pm Sun-Thur & 10am-10pm Fri & Sat. Tickets available from the Tate website or at the gallery on the day.