BMW CONTEMPORARY.

BMW CONTEMPORARY.

BMW CONTEMPORARY.

BMW CONTEMPORARY.
The BMW Group is expanding its support of contemporary Art and Culture in the Middle East, an exclusive initiative to strengthen intercultural dialogues and spark curiosity and imagination.
BMW CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS.

BMW CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS.

CAN CITIES DREAM? BY NADIM KARAM.

BMW CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS.

CAN CITIES DREAM? BY NADIM KARAM.

NADIM KARAM.

A sculptor, painter, urban artist and architect working from Beirut, with a background that fuses Oriental and Japanese theories of space, Nadim Karam has developed his own concepts, based on ideas like “micro pluralism”, “the architecture of performance”, and “story-telling architecture”.

" I want to show you how cities can dream through my art." "
DUBAI.

DUBAI.

The Clouds:

Towards the end of 2006, Karam conceived The Cloud for the city of Dubai. Instead of intervening in the streetscape, he envisaged a landscape-in-the-sky for the city’s residents, in the form of and inspired by his concept of a cloud. While still on the drawing board as a project, it became a fertile source of stories and metaphors in his work, spawning a major body of drawings, paintings, sculptures and exhibitions.

 

The amorphous immateriality and unreachability of the cloud embodies for Karam both a “dream and the resilience of the human mind”; intangible but present, and entirely indestructible. In much of his work it cohabits with its flip side, smoke; the sign of destruction and suffering, specifically in reference to the conflict affecting most of the Middle Eastern region. Although polar opposites, clouds and smoke are visually almost indistinguishable, a dichotomy that Karam enjoys playing with in his work. Between the blurred lines of various political agendas, between appearances, perceptions and reality, he alludes that there is a universality to be found.

 

Increasingly, Karam’s concept of the cloud gained in complexity; from being the ultimate space of freedom from where the Fisherman fished for skyscrapers, it began keeping company with the Thinker‘s Chair, the Running Couple and The Elephant. Thoughts, escape and memories now mingled with the dream, ultimately morphing into Karam’s next body of work; Stretching Thoughts.

BEIRUT.

BEIRUT.

Stretching thoughts:


In 2013, the Stretching Thoughts series started taking shape in drawings and developed into paintings, sculptures and installations that find echoes in different currents of Karam’s work, particularly the Archaic Procession Elements and The Cloud project.

The Stretching Thoughts protagonist is an androgynous figure with a cloud of enquiring thoughts in lieu of a head. The body derives its structural lines from the overlap of Karam’s original 1001 Elements, as if the essence of their diversity has been condensed into the single figure of an everyman. Grounded to its context, the everyman is inherently subject to social, religious and geopolitical confines, while its cloud of entangled thoughts stretch beyond boundaries, liberated by the unhindered potential of its thoughts. While Urban Toys figures create stories inspired from and in dialogue with their context, Stretching Thoughts has a universalist approach, symbolizing the human power to defy limits through imagination and endeavor.

AMMAN.

AMMAN.

Dialogue of the Hills:

The Dialogue of the Hills project is inspired by Amman’s city landscape. It aims to capture the city’s energy and express it through public artworks that involve local communities, enrich the environment and create a cultural story linking the seven hills of Amman. It consists of seven urban art sculptures within public gardens for each of the communities.

The sculpture gardens are visible to one another and all overlook the city centre. Through visual connection, they initiate communication between the hills. This series of interactive community gardens also introduces sustainable technologies to their public in response to growing regional concerns about water scarcity and the need for renewable energy.

THE ART OF 7. BY YOUSSEF NABIL

BMW CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS.

THE ART OF 7. BY YOUSSEF NABIL

BMW CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS.

THE ART OF 7. BY YOUSSEF NABIL

YOUSSEF NABIL

Ali Khadra meets Nabil in Cairo, where the self-taught photographer was born. During his career, Nabil has worked alongside American photographer David LaChapelle and fashion photographer Mario Testino. Inspired by the golden age of Egyptian cinema and portrait photography, he works solely with black and white film, which he painstakingly hand colours. Nabil has portrayed many well-known people including Catherine Deneuve, David Lynch, and Alicia Keys. For his latest project “I saved my belly dancer”, he worked with Salma Hayek and Tahar Rahim.

 

Together, Khadra and Nabil visit Sheikha Paula in Kuwait, where the avid art collector gives us an exclusive insight into her stunning private art collection. Her collection comprises works by Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso – just to mention two world-famous artists – and, of course, Youssef Nabil.

THE ART OF YOUSSEF NABIL.

A Collector's Point of View.

About "I Saved My Belly Dancer".

Symbolisms.

Youssef Nabil in 3 Words.

CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

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