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Saloua Raouda Choucair Exhibition at Tate Modern

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Four Rooms of Saloua Raouda Choucair's Art at Tate Modern
Saloua Raouda Choucair pioneered abstract art in the Middle East over a period of half a century; Tate Modern has assembled a collection of her work, most of which has rarely been seen outside of her native region.

Saloua Raouda Choucair
Saloua Raouda Choucair: Self Portrait (Image Courtesy of

Her early influences include Islamic art and architecture, augmented by further study in Paris where she had her first encounter with abstract modernism and cubism. Her paintings, many composed using gouache, were further enriched by the creation of sculptures, in which the architectural influences are hard to ignore. Just like stanzas in Arab poetry these sculptures can be viewed together or separately. She also continued to experiment with other styles and mediums including textiles and jewellery.

Saloua Raouda Choucair: Composition in Blue Module
Composition in Blue Module

Saloua Raouda Choucair: Poem

If you appetite has now been truly whetted, you can view the exhibition until 20 October and you can learn more about her and her work on her website.

Saloua Raouda Choucair
Saloua Raouda Choucair (Image Courtesy of

There will be a members' private view of the exhibition on 1 May and an additional two private views on 24 June and 7 October.
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Why? To see some works by Saloua Raouda Choucair
When: Sunday - Thursday 10am - 8pm, Friday - Saturday 10am - 10pm
Where: Tate Modern
Cost: 11 plus concessions
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