- in conversation with Michelle Yun
- March 30, 2019 - March 30, 2019
Central Harbourfront Event Space
9 Lung Wo Road
On the occasion of Art Basel Hong Kong, Imran Qureshi, one of Asia Society’s 2019 Asia Art Award Honorees, will be in conversation with Michelle Yun, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society Museum, New York.
Join us on Saturday, March 30 at 12pm at Art Central auditorium.
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- Abu Dhabi Art 2018 Beyond
- November 11, 2018 - January 31, 2019
Al Jahili Fort
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Imran Qureshi's project for Abu Dhabi Art’s Beyond comprises multiple site-specific installations/artworks, powerfully connected with one another to create a narrative around the idea of water as life, its importance and the danger due to the alarming situation of global warming. The artist has chosen two major sites to demonstrate three different dimensions of his art which includes site-specific floor painting at Al Ain Oasis, at the main entrance in the courtyard of Al Jahili Fort as well as two indoor spaces inside the fort itself.The city of Al Ain is the greenest piece of land in the whole region, surrounded by dry, sandy and deserted areas. In the year 2011, Al Ain Oasis was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its ancient irrigation system - which was extremely inspiring for Imran Qureshi. The first garden is extensively lush and green with abundant foliage, including date palm trees - whereas the one directly opposite has a completely different impact due to the absence of green grass on the ground and a deliberately created sense of dryness all around it, which sets it apart from all other farms and gardens in the area. This time, unlike his previous site-specific floor paintings, he has tried to connect these two different oasis gardens as a diptych, creating a powerful dialogue and statement through their opposite characteristics.A few kilometres away from Al Ain Oasis, is a second site for my other two projects at the historic Al Jahili Fort.In Al Jahili Fort, the first sculptural installation titled ‘Morning and night sang a duet together for a long moment’ comprises of a few thousand plastic black roses, again portraying the idea of a changing landscape due to the alarming threat of global warming. Historically, this specific piece of land, on which Qureshi has chosen to install this sculptural installation, was where oil drums were kept for refuelling armoured vehicles during the time Al Jahili Fort was in use by the Trucial Scouts, between 1956 and 1971.
- 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.
- 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.
- Imran Qureshi
- October 30, 2016 - January 31, 2017
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.Read more
- GARDEN WITHIN A GARDEN
- 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 FestivalRead more
- Where the Shadows are so Deep
- February 18, 2016 - July 10, 2016
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
- Idea of Landscape
- January 23, 2016 - April 24, 2016
Kunsten Museum Of Modern Art Aalborg
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.
- 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.
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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.
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