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In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Maha Malluh

b. 1959, Saudi Arabia

Maha Malluh is a Saudi artist, born in the traditional region of Najd, who explores the challenges of modernity that have come so overwhelmingly to Saudi Arabia. Continuous in her artwork, that started with collages and developed into photograms, is her use of symbolic and real imagery to express her opinion about life in Saudi Arabia.
In the series of works titles X-Rayed, Malluh plays wih the issue of traveling. As Malluh explains her work, "not all the revenue from oil has been spent on building Saudi infrastructure. A lot of money has been spent on traveling and tourism. When Saudis travel abroad, they are faced with more than usual scrutiny and security checks. Some bags contain minor objects without any real purpose. But because they may have some Arabic text in them, or they may have a picture of the Saudi King, the bags are screened and double-checked for security purposes".
The series ‘X-Rayed’ looks at the issue of traveling from a different angle, "rather than the objects being innocent, this time, I used cassettes, which had recordings of religious sermons, preaching a rigid interpretation of Islam. These cassettes manage to get through security checkpoints".

Artist Statement
"My inspiration for art comes from my country, a land of contrasting images and ideas. I began working with collage, a technique of collecting, cutting, and pasting objects and images on paper and canvas. These early works, which included symbols and motifs from the local culture, expressed my view about life in Saudi Arabia. These projects also represented my spiritual connection to the historic region of Najd with its strong religious and cultural heritage, colorful patterned fabrics, and old Najdi architecture. These elements greatly influenced my art. Moving from collage to photography felt like a natural evolution of my art. I always liked photo-collage and its use of overlays and layers. I began working with traditional black and white photography and over the years became obsessed with the relationship between light and shadow. In order to develop and print my own images, I had to build my own darkroom. It was the only way to control both quality and content, the two most important factors in making fine art prints. My fascination with photograms grew out of my interest in combining collages and photography. I work with thematic series, 20 images each, where my first photograms series, Capturing Light, focused on medical subjects. The Tradition & Modernity series presents photograms close to the edge of Arabia, my own culture and its transformation from tradition to modernity. The Shemagh Mirage series is a portrayal of the urban man in Saudi Arabia."

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Featured Artworks

Food for thought - The Best by Maha Malluh contemporary artwork
Maha MalluhFood for thought - The Best, 2019 Old copper pots
81 x 70 x 70 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
Food for Thought - Amal by Maha Malluh contemporary artwork
Maha MalluhFood for Thought - Amal, 2019 32 cooking pots covers, unique
228 x 40 x 40 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
Food for Thought 8 by Maha Malluh contemporary artwork
Maha MalluhFood for Thought 8, 2018 42 dishes, unique
241 x 55 x 55 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
Food for Thought “Fitnah” by Maha Malluh contemporary artwork
Maha MalluhFood for Thought “Fitnah”, 2019 Record tapes, wooden tray
56 x 117.5 x 5.5 cm
Galerie Krinzinger

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, To a passer-by at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
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11 September–12 October 2019 Group Exhibition To a passer-by Galerie Krinzinger

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