Brought by the Embassy of Pakistan, the Netherlands:
Imran Qureshi (1972) has developed a contemporary practice rooted in the tradition of 16th-century Mughal miniature art, encompassing figurative and abstract works on paper, monumental paintings and site-specific installations. His work constitutes a unique synthesis of traditional motifs and techniques with current issues and the formal language of contemporary abstract painting. He combines traditional motifs, techniques and symbolism with conceptual ideas, oscillating between an unparalleled attention to detail and a gestural energy reminiscent of Action Painting. The use of gold leaf and red acrylic paint is a distinctive feature of his work. The luminosity of gold-leaf alludes to the celestial plane, in contrast to the vibrant splashes of red and ornate vine motifs that become symbolic of the vulnerability of the human body.
The fragile beauty of Imran Qureshi's work is modulated by socio-political reflections on contemporary life. The colour red is a clear allusion to the lifeblood that flows through our veins, while his flower motifs evoke the possibility of renewal and growth. A sense of balance is maintained between the dualities explored in these works, such as violence and beauty or death and regeneration, which are shown as opposing yet intertwined forces. For the artist, 'the flowers that emerge from the paint represent the hope that – despite everything – the people sustain somehow their hope for a better future'. Using the representational techniques of miniature painting to depict our modern reality, Imran Qureshi's work speaks in part to the friction of a world in which novelty collides daily with orthodoxy.
Born in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Imran Qureshi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He studied miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, where he is now head of the Miniature Painting Department, and teaches the discipline. Considered one of Pakistan's most important artists, he has received international recognition for his site-specific installations that respond to architectural space, referencing the historical or political significance of the buildings that contain them. These include Blessings Upon the Land of My Love, created in 2011 for the Sharjah Biennial, and They Shimmer Still, created for the Biennale of Sydney in 2012.
In 2013, he created a large-scale, site-specific work for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden Commission in New York. The same year he was awarded the Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year and received his first solo exhibition in Europe at the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle in Berlin, as well as having his work exhibited as part of the Venice Biennale in the 55th International Art Exhibition at the Arsenale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni. The artist also participated in the Nuit Blanche in Paris in 2014 with installations at the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève and on the Quai d’Austerlitz. His work has since been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Barbican Centre, London (2016) and Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark (2016). He has also realised site-specific projects at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. (2018) and Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2018), among others.
Imran Qureshi’s work is part of important international collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; British Museum, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and National Art Gallery, Islamabad. In 2017, he received the US Department of State International Medal of Arts, and in 2021, the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi honoured him with the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz Presidential Award.
Zaterdag 23 maart 2024
Tot en met:
Zondag 14 april 2024
Zaterdag 23 maart 2024 om 17:00 uur
Suljuk Mustansar Tarar, Ambassadeur van Pakistan