Imran Qureshi

  • November 30, 2019 - February 9, 2020
    Market Place
    Cathedral Quarter
    Derby, UK

    Imran Qureshi is arguably one of the most celebrated artists to emerge from Pakistan in the last twenty years.  This new exhibition at QUAD will offer an insight into the world of contemporary miniature painting – core to Qureshi’s practice – from Pakistan. Rooted in the tradition of 16th Century Mughal art and culture, contemporary miniature painting has at its core the National College of Art (NCA) in Lahore, where this discipline has been taught since the early 1900s.

    The project in Derby will be divided into two main but inter-linked parts: a display of works by Imran Qureshi in QUAD Gallery One and the ‘Maktab’, an itinerant painting academy which will be set up in the QUAD Gallery Two.
    The new exhibition in QUAD Gallery One by Qureshi will feature an installation made from over 30,000 pieces of paper forming an immense ‘paper mountain’. This centrepiece of the exhibition references those ‘...who have been buried without their lives honoured or the circumstances of their deaths investigated’. The exhibition will also include his signature miniature works, recent larger-scale works on canvas, and the UK premier of new video works that focus on everyday life in Pakistan.

    The Maktab painting school in QUAD Gallery Two is a live durational event by seven emerging miniature painting artists from Lahore, Pakistan: Shah Abdullah, Fizza Hussain, Syed Hussain, Sajid Khan, Zarina Khan, Tahir Ali Sadiq and Eesha Suhail. The artists are recent graduates from Lahore NCA, who took part in the first Maktab in 2018 at Lahore Biennale. They will be present and working in the Gallery, which will be transformed into a Maktab painting studio from 28th November until 10th December. The artists will be making new works in the gallery space together with a group of artists from the UK, the paintings produced will then become part of the exhibition.

    The exhibition in QUAD Gallery Two will also showcase work by six young contemporary miniature painters currently studying under Qureshi at the National College of Art in Lahore: Aliya Kazim, Altamash, Hamida, Hamna Khalid, Hira Asim and Natalia Ashraf.  Imran Qureshi has taught at the NCA since graduation and has always considered teaching an integral part of his practice.

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  • BBC World Service Podcast / Imran Qureshi: Beauty and Carnage
    July 16, 2019 - July 16, 2019
    Paris Pantin

    On Tuesday 16th July, tune into BBC World Service for a 1 hour live recording of Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, in conversation with designer Christian Louboutin. They will be discussing Imran Qureshi’s work while walking through his current exhibition, on view in our Pantin gallery until 27th July 2019.

    Please join us for the radio transmission that will be aired live on speakers in our Pantin exhibition space at 12.32pm Paris time followed by refreshments.

    'In the Studio' takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world. In the Studio is a regular radio podcast produced by Kristine Pommert and Saba Zaman at CTVC for the BBC World Service. Kristine Pommert describes the podcast as ‘a programme which speaks vividly and powerfully about Imran’s art, but also allows the rapport and friendship between Imran and Christian to shine through, which lifts it far beyond the level of most arts programmes and makes it a very enjoyable listen.’

    The podcast will remain online following the live broadcasts on the 16th of July, and can be accessed through the BBC website here.

    Local UK transmission times on the World Service are 3.32am, 11.32am and 11.32pm on that day. Transmission times for other parts of the world can be accessed via this page 

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  • in conversation with Michelle Yun
    March 30, 2019 - March 30, 2019
    Central Harbourfront Event Space
    9 Lung Wo Road
    Hong Kong

    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.

    Free Admission with any Art Central Ticket

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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. 
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  • 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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