Basra Iraq Art

The British-based Museum of Contemporary Art in Baghdad (BAM) is preparing for its grand opening in the autumn. The museum, a collaboration between the United States and Saudi Arabia, will open its doors to the public at the end of the month, according to its director, Dr. Muhammad Saddam al-Qasimi.

Azzawi's move to London has led him to rediscover the art form he suggests other artists in Iraq and the region explore. Jumaily studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Painting, where she completed her MA in Art History. Her first book, "Baghdad in the Middle East," is scheduled to be published by Rizzoli Publishing in New York in May 2019.

Taieh, a self-taught artist and poet who also works for Iraq's Ministry of Agriculture, says she began using the material after years of economic penalties and sanctions in Iraq. Her work led to the development of five stamps and a book published at the University of Basra on Iraqi folk costumes for the Iraqi Post Office. She curated a traveling exhibition of her work in New York City and Washington To see Iraqi art in Washington DC, visit the National Museum of Iraqi Art, the Smithsonian Institution, or the American Institute of Arts and Sciences.

The Ibrahimi Collection has a team of Iraqi and Jordanian collaborators based in Baghdad and Amman who have contributed to the development of the website and have edited and archived Iraqi art as a mission and long-term program. The Basrah Museum is now the second largest museum in Iraq after the National Museum of Art in Washington DC, housed in Lakeside Palace, built for Saddam Hussein in 1990. The museum shows Iraqi history, various animals and plants, and over 26,000 books that delve deeper into Iraq's history. Founded in 1923, the museum near Baghdad is the oldest museum of its kind in North America and the world.

It is a reminder of the turmoil, corruption and decay that have plagued the country since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Coalition military and civilian leaders did not act quickly after news of looting at the Iraq museum reached international media. According to all information currently available, the coalition forces that seized Baghdad and other Iraqi cities in early April 2003 have not acted to protect cultural sites. Note that there are no statistics or confirmations of Iraqi artworks because the artworks have never been properly documented and therefore cannot be easily authenticated, published or claimed.

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In 2016, former President Saddam Hussein's palace was transformed into what is now Basra Museum. Mesopotamian, Babylonian and Persian civilizations, related artifacts dating back to 6000 BC, have appeared in the museum. With the return of many artifacts from Iraq, this museum can delve into the depths of the country's history. The palace, where the former president of Iraq and his family once lived, has been converted into a cultural forum and a tourist museum.

Dr. Naji Al-SAID is a consultant to the Ibrahimi Collection and will demonstrate his expertise in preserving the cultural heritage of the Middle East and its people through a wide range of research topics. Iraqi painters and sculptors, some of the best in the Middle East, and some of the most famous in the world. All Iraqis who have helped to nurture Arabs and foreigners specializing in all aspects of Arab forums and states deserve to be mentioned, appreciated and praised.

The Iraqi artist, considered the founder of modern visual art in Iraq, was one of several Iraqi artists selected to study art at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Art and Design. As the Iraq war escalated in 2003, Hassan lost some of his most valuable artworks during the war. At that time, while the art collection project was being created, I realized what was missing and discovered that his legacy was scattered all over the world.

After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, an estimated 15,000 items were stolen from Iraq's National Museum, and a number of other libraries in Baghdad were looted. A number of renowned archaeological sites are located in Iraq, and artifacts from these sites have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, as well as in the United States and Europe.

Sculptor Ali Obayday, 34, who has created busts of Saddam in a dozen cities, says the recent looting of his statues represents the destruction of the nation's memory. The graffiti artist is known for his outspoken criticism that forced him to go into hiding in Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

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