Imran Qureshi

  • Two Wings To Fly, Not One
    April 15, 2017 - May 31, 2017
    Pakistan National Council of the Arts
    National Art Gallery
    Plot no. 5, F-5/1

    Inspired by a verse by Jalaluddin Rumi, Two Wings to Fly, Not One, seeks to emphasize a multi-faceted view of Pakistan. This show explores the country’s varying narratives – political, social and historical – all of which run through the artists’ perceptive pieces. The artists invite visitors to the show to grapple with the country’s dynamic contemporary culture, where resilience and hope withstand the harsh realities brought about by disparity and socio-economic difficulties.

    Aisha Khalid and Imran Qureshi have been hailed internationally as Pakistan's foremost and most prominent contemporary artists. Trained in the Miniature Art tradition from National College of Art, Lahore, Khalid and Qureshi and have been instrumental in developing and popularizing the contemporary miniature art movement of Pakistan. Both artists have enhanced their craft and pushed it further conceptually. Specific signature motifs are prevalent throughout their paintings; Khalid explores geometric forms and the idea of a vortex in many of her works, while Qureshi’s paintings include floral sprays.

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  • Imran Qureshi awarded the International Medal of Arts
    January 11, 2017 - January 12, 2017
    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
    Meet the Artists: Nick Cave, Imran Qureshi, and Pat Steir
    Wednesday, January 11
    6:30 pm, Ring Auditorium

    The U.S. Department of State honors Imran Qureshi, along with fellow contemporary artists Nick Cave, Jenny Holzer, Wolf Kahn, Pat Steir and Rachel Whiteread with the International Medal of Arts at the biennial ceremony on January 12 in Washington, D.C.

    The International Medal of Arts is awarded to artists who demonstrate an enduring commitment to the Art in Embassies mission of cultural diplomacy through the visual arts and international cultural exchange. Recipients have helped define America’s cultural legacy through their artistic excellence and diplomatic contributions. Their artwork serves as a bridge with other nations, encourages discussion and expression and highlights the communal experiences of people from countries, cultures, and backgrounds worldwide.

    On January 11, in conjunction with the ceremony, Nick Cave, Imran Qureshi, and Pat Steir will be featured in a panel discussion at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian’s museum of modern and contemporary art. The event inaugurates a new, long-term partnership between Art in Embassies and the Hirshhorn, designed to promote cultural dialogue.

    Art in Embassies was initiated by the Museum of Modern Art in 1953 and formalized as part of the Department of State by the Kennedy Administration in 1963. Over 55 years, AIE’s global focus of cultural diplomacy through the visual arts has engaged over 23,000 partnerships with individual and institutional participants in over 200 venues in 189 countries worldwide.


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  • Imran Qureshi
    October 30, 2016 - January 31, 2017
    Museo Civico
    Piazza Duomo, 2
    San Gimignano (SI), Italy
    The civic museum in the medieval town of San Gimignano in Tuscany (Italy) hosts an exhibition of Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi. In the 14th century tower Torre Grossa, the artist presents Miniature paintings especially created for the occasion, which recall the style of the Mughal courts (16th to 19th century). While climbing the stairs, the viewer will discover an installation made of printed sheets of paper, displayed in the recessed walls of the tower. High up, a site-specific intervention made of floral ornaments cover the rooftop like vines, making petals and leaves emerge from what seems to be a scene of massacre.

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    June 22, 2016 - September 30, 2016
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    Drawing on the experiences of the British Indian Army 100 years ago, the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi is due to unveil a painted Indian garden in a park in northern England this summer. Inspired by the British Indian army that fought in the First World War, Qureshi will paint the flora and fauna on the paving at Bradford's Mughal Water Gardens in Lister Park. 
    The garden is a place of peace, tranquillity and safety. But this garden within a garden does not provide refuge from conflict, or a haven from the outside world. Instead, inspired by the history of the million-strong British Indian army that fought in the First World War, Qureshi transforms a public space into zones in which light and dark mix, horror and hope collide.
    Qureshi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, a region that as part of the British Raj enlisted a huge number of Sikh, Muslim and Hindu soldiers to fight on the Western Front. Their experiences of being at war in a distant land and in a hostile climate inform the work that this leading international artist will present at the Mughal Water Gardens in Lister Park, next to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and in City Park, Bradford City Centre. There will also be a number of associated events.
    Qureshi – who uses a delicate style inspired by the history of Pakistani and Indian miniature painting to reflect upon contemporary conflicts and divisions – illuminates the complex interplay between Islamic and European history and culture. These vibrant works remind us that war creates division, but can also bring people together.
    Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Bradford Museums and Galleries, City of Bradford MD Council and Yorkshire Festival
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  • Where the Shadows are so Deep
    February 18, 2016 - July 10, 2016
    Barbican Centre
    Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
    Award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi has been invited by the Barbican to create a new body of work for The Curve. Qureshi presents for this first major London commission, Where the Shadows are so Deep, a series of exquisite miniature paintings, drawing upon The Curve as a motif in this tradition. Hung at varying heights along the dramatic 90-metre span of the space, these delicate, jewel-like works lure the visitor in, demanding an altogether different kind of looking. Beginning with gentle scenes of nature, the sequence of works gradually introduces darker elements, subtly implying the uncertainty of what lies around the bend. 

    Opening: Thursday, 18 February 2016, 6.30-8.30pm
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  • Idea of Landscape
    January 23, 2016 - April 24, 2016
    Kunsten Museum Of Modern Art Aalborg
    Aalborg, Denmark
    Imran Qureshi's exhibition IDEA OF LANDSCAPE is presented at Kunsten, Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark from 23 January to 24 April, 2016.
    After two years of renovation Alvar Aalto's famous building re-opened its first monographic exhibition with Imran Qureshi’s two large-scale site-specific installations amongst works that show the multi-disciplinary approach to his practice. 

    The works all start from the idea of the landscape – the inner landscape as well as the external one, our individual landscapes as well as landscapes of society and politics. The exhibition refers to social conditions in Pakistan, while also making references to the violence and injustice that affect innocent people around the world every day. The red colour explosions serve as pictorial metaphors of the violence and fear that has characterised the world since 9/11 2001. But beneath the surface it is also possible to detect life and hope, steadily trickling out of the landscape.

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  • The Great Game I La Biennale di Venezia
    May 9, 2015 - November 22, 2015
    Iranian Pavilion at LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, Calle San Giovanni 1074/B, Cannaregio, Venice, Italy

    Imran Qureshi will participate in the exhibition The Great Game held in the Iranian Pavilion. Curated by Marco Meneguzzo and Mazdak Faiznia, The Great Game includes forty artists from Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Central-Asian Republics, Kurdish Region, who are particularly aware of social-political questions of the geographic area linked by layers of historical and cultural ties, also known since the XIX century by The Great Game in competing for the supremacy of Asia.

    For further information please visit the official website of the Biennale di Venezia here.

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  • Imran Qureshi. Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year”
    November 19, 2014 - January 25, 2015
    Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

    In cooperation with Deutsche Bank, the Ikon Gallery dedicates a solo show to Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” 2013. Comprising miniature paintings and site-specific installations, including new works made for Ikon, this is his most comprehensive exhibition to date in the UK.

    The show at Ikon features installations developed out of major works the artist made recently for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Sydney Biennale and the Sharjah Biennial as well as an array of Qureshi’s delicate paintings adorned with gold and blood-red paint, depicting people, flora and fauna.

    For more information about the exhibtion please click here

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  • Nuit Blanche Paris
    October 4, 2014 - October 26, 2014
    34, Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

    Imran Qureshi who recently joined Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is currently preparing two major installations for NUIT BLANCHE on Saturday 4 October.
    Join us with Imran Qureshi this Saturday from 7pm at the Sainte-Geneviève Library to see a live visual sound performance of enormous scale titled And They Still Seek the Trace of Blood, 2014. Red forms and shapes from his work are printed on thousands of sheets of paper that will be crumpled and thrown on a large pile by the visitors of Nuit Blanche to the Labrouste reading-room of this famous 19th century library. (10 place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris)
     In addition, you will be able to visit the outdoor installation Two Loves, 2014 on view along the Seine, Quai d'Austerlitz. The work will be on view until the end of FIAC, on Sunday 26 October. (34, Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris between the Charles de Gaulle bridge and the Cité de la Mode et du Design. When you come down the steps of the Musée de la Mode turn left.)

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