Iraq’s past speaks to the present

10 November 2008 – 15 March 2009
Room 34
Admission free

Featuring works from: Dia Azzawi, Suad al-Attar, Firyal, Maysaloun Faraj, Mustafa Ja’far Satta Hashem, Issam Kourbaj, Faisel Laibi, Hana Malallah, Nasir Mounes, Walid Siti.

This display complements the Museum’s exhibition Babylon: Myth and Reality. It features the work of Iraqi artists for whom their ancient cultural heritage is an ever-present source of inspiration.

Their references include Sumerian love poetry, cuneiform writing, the legendary Tower of Babel and tales from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

These artists explore ancient ideas and traditions to remind the viewer not only of their country’s great depth of history but also, as exemplified by the work of Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj, to lament the continued destruction of our shared heritage through war and neglect.

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