About the artist

Ibrahim El-Salahi CV

 

IBRAHIM MOHAMMED EL-SALAHI

Born 1930 in Omdurman, Sudan

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

“By His Will We Teach Birds How To Fly : Ibrahim El-Salahi in black and white”, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sotheby’s S2, London, UK

2016

“Ibrahim El-Salahi”, Vigo Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL, USA

 “Alhambra”, Salon 94, New York, NY, USA

“The Arab Spring Notebook”, 1:54 African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, UK

“Ibrahim El-Salahi”, Vigo Gallery, The Armory Show, New York, NY, USA

2015

“The Arab Spring Notebook”, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey

“Flamenco”, Vigo Gallery, London, UK

“Ibrahim El-Salahi”, Vigo Gallery, Frieze New York, NY, USA

“Haraza”, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK

2014

“The Tree”, Vigo Gallery, London, UK

“Selected Works, 1962-2010”, Skoto Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2013

“Ibrahim El-Salahi : A Visionary Modernist”, Tate Modern, London, UK

2012

“Ibrahim El-Salahi : A Visionary Modernist”, Katara Cultural Village Foundation, Doha, Qatar

“Ibrahim El-Salahi : A Visionary Modernist”, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE

2011

“From Time to Time”, Skoto Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010

Rashid Diab Arts Centre, Khartoum, Sudan

2000

Dara Art Gallery, Khartoum, Sudan

1992

Savannah Gallery, London, UK

1990

Iwalewahaus, Contemporary African Art Centre, Bayreuth, Germany

1984

Iwalewahaus, Contemporary African Art Centre, Bayreuth, Germany

1974

Art Gallery of the National Council for Arts and Letters, Kuwait

1972

Agisymba Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1969

French Cultural Centre, Khartoum, Sudan

1967

Galerie Lambert, Paris, France

Traverse Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

French Cultural Centre, Khartoum, Sudan

1966

Carl Durisberg, Munich, Germany

1964

Daberkow Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany

Irvington-on-Hudson, NY, USA

1963

Murphy Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA

Middle East House, Washington DC, USA

ICA Gallery, London, UK

1962

Galerie Lambert, Paris, France

American Cultural Center, Khartoum, Sudan

1961

Mbari Gallery, Ibadan, Nigeria

1960

Grand Hotel Exhibition Hall, Khartoum, Sudan

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

“Treasures of Islam in Africa from Timbuktu to Zanzibar”, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

“Protest”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2016

“The Khartoum School : The making of the modern art movement in Sudan (1945 – Present)”, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

“Post-War : Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965”, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

“Kaleidoscope”, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

“Making and Unmaking”, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

2015

“Wondrous Worlds : Arts and Islam through Time and Place”, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, USA

2011

Meem Gallery, Dubai

2010

“Interventions & Sajjil”, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

“Tradition of the Future, Future of Tradition, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

“Selections 2010”, Skoto Gallery, New York, NY, USA

“Interventions”, Doha Capital of Arab Culture, the Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

2004

“The Oxford Show”, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

“Sudan : Past and Present”, The British Museum, London, UK

2003

“Asylum Years”, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

2001

“The Short Century”, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

“Century City : Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis”, Tate Modern, London, UK

“The Short Century”, Haus der Kulturen der West, Berlin, Germany

“20th Anniversary of Iwalewahaus”, Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, Germany

“The Short Century”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA

“The Short Century”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2000

“L’Afrique à Jour”, Lille, France

“Contemporary Sudanese Art”, Durham University Oriental Museum, Durham, UK

“Blackness in Colour”, Howard Johnson Art Museum, Cornell Univeristy, Ithaca, NY, USA

1999

Sharjah International Arts Biennale, Sharjah, UAE

Contemporary Sudanese Art, Cardiff, UK

1998

“Art Sans Frontières”, Maison de l’UNESCO, Salle Miro, Paris, France

1996

Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, France

1995

Africa 95 : Seven Stories of Art from Africa, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

Sharjah International Arts Biennale, Sharjah, UAE

1994

Savannah Gallery, London, UK

1992

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

1991

“A Grain of Wheat, Art Relief for Africa”, Art Gallery Commonwealth Institute, London, UK

“Paradox of the New : Art from Africa”, South Square Gallery, London, UK

1978

Maison de la Culture André Malraux, Reims, France

1977

Festac, Lagos, Nigeria

1976

Bab Elloog Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

1975

Georgetown University Hall, Washington DC, USA

“African Art Then and Now”, Royal Commonwealth Society, London, UK

1974

Khartoum Art Gallery, Khartoum, Sudan

Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

1971

Africa Centre, London, UK

1970

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Abgeordneten-Hochhaus des Deutschen Bundestages, Bonn, Germany

1969

Nommo Gallery, Kampala, Uganda

“Contemporary Art in Africa”, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

Pan-African Cultural Festival, Algiers, Algeria

1967

“Contemporary Art in Africa”, ICA Gallery, London, UK

1966

Museum of Philadelphia Civic Centre, Philadelphia, PA, USA

1965

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

1964

Sudan Pavilion, World Fair, New York, NY, USA

1963

Academy of Fine Art, Calcutta, India

 

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

The National Gallery of Victoria, Sydney, Australia

The Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, Australia

The National Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Iwalewahaus, Contemporary African Art Centre, Bayreuth, Germany

The National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Mbari Gallery, Ibadan, Nigeria

Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

Department of Culture, Khartoum, Sudan

Dara Art Gallery, Khartoum, Sudan

The British Museum, London, UK

Tate Modern, London, UK

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Museum for African Art, New York, NY, USA (donated by Chase Bank)

Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY, USA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY, USA

The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA

Howard Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, USA

Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH, USA

Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA, USA

Collection Lambert, Avignon, France

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2015

Honorary Doctor of Literature (DLit), University College London, London, UK

2009 & 2005-07

Visiting Artist, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

2004

Gold Medal, Festival International des Arts plastiques des Mahrès, Tunisia

2001

Prince Claus Fund Award, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1999

Honorary Award, Sharjah International Arts Biennale, Sharjah, UAE

1975

Silver Medal, Order of Knowledge, Arts and Letters of Democratic Republic of Sudan, Sudan

1971

Gold Medal, Order of Knowledge, Arts and Letters of Democratic Republic of Sudan, Sudan

1964-65

Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship

1962

UNESCO Fine Arts Fellowship

 

EDUCATION

1949–51

School of Design, Gordon Memorial College, Khartoum, and Art Department, Khartoum Technical Institute, Khartoum, Sudan

1954–57

The Slade School, University College London, London, UK

1964–65

Department of Journalism, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA (specialisation in black and white photography)

1975

The Sudanese Academy for Administrative Sciences, Khartoum, Sudan

 

EMPLOYMENT

1952–54

Demonstrator, Art Department, Khartoum Technical Institute

1957–59

Lecturer, Painting Department, School of Fine & Applied Art, Khartoum Technical Institute

1960–66

Tutor and Head of Painting Department, Khartoum Technical Institute

1967–69

Principal Lecturer at the School of Fine and Applied Art, Khartoum Polytechnic

1969–72

Assistant Cultural Attaché, Sudan Embassy, London

1972–73

Director General of Culture, Sudan Government

1973–76

Undersecretary, Ministry of Culture and Information, Sudan Government

1977–80

Expert Adviser, Department of Press and Publications, Ministry of Information, Qatar

1980–82

Expert, Office of the Undersecretary, Ministry of Information, Qatar

1984–85

UNESCO Consultant to the Ministry of Information and National Guidance, Somalia

1986–89

Expert, International Information Relations Committee of the Arab Gulf States, Adviser to the Undersecretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Qatar

1989–97

Translator and Biographer, The Amir’s Office, Diwan Amiri, Qatar

1997–98

Translator, Political Department, Diwan Amiri, Qatar

 

OTHER CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

1959

Member of Sudan Cultural Delegation to China

1966

Head of Sudan Delegation to the First Festival of African Culture, Dakar

1969

Member of Committee for the Study of Arab Culture, UNESCO, Paris

1969

Member of Sudan Cultural Delegation to the First Pan-African Cultural Festival, Algiers

1972–73

Established the Department of Culture, Sudan Government

1973

Sudan Representative to Foundation Conference, General Association of Arab Artists, Baghdad

1973 & 1974

External Examiner, Art Department, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

1984

External Examiner, College of Fine and Applied Art, Khartoum Polytechnic, Sudan

1972–76

Secretary General, National Council for Arts and Letters, Sudan

1974–75

Head of Sudan Delegation to Permanent Committee of Arab Information, Arab League

1979

Media Co-ordinator for the State Visit of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II to the State of Qatar

1980

Head of Preparatory and Executive Committees and the Secretariat Office of the Fifth Conference of Ministers of Information in the Arab Gulf States

1980–82

Member, Qatar Delegation to Permanent Committee for Arab Information, Arab League

1981

Member, Qatar Delegation to 3rd Conference of Arab Ministers for Cultural Affairs, Baghdad

1982

Delegate representing International Information Relations Committee of Arab Gulf States at the ministerial preparatory meeting for Arab Summit Conference in Fez, Morocco

1984

Delegate, International Press Seminar, Paris

1988–89

Editor, English section of Al-Mathurat Al-Shabiyyah magazine, published by The Arab Gulf States Folklore Centre, Qatar

1998

Participant, seminar ‘Visions of African Cultural Co-operation and Development’, UNESCO Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies, Stockholm, Sweden

1998

Participant, Symposium of the 7th Cairo Biennale

1999

Participant, Muscat Forum for Arab Fine Arts

2000

Member of ‘Africa in Venice’ Permanent Committee, New York

2000

Participant, Fifth International Conference on Sudan Studies, Durham University, UK

2000

Participant, Conference on ‘State of Visual Arts in Africa and the African Diaspora: Agenda for the 21st Century’, Paris

2000

Participant, Colloque l’Afrique en Créations, Lille, France

2001

Member, Board of Directors, Forum for African Arts 2000–

2001

Participant, Colloquium International Festival of Plastic Arts, Al-Mahras, Tunisia

2009

Participant, second Pan African Cultural Festival, Algiers

2009–

President, Sudan Studies Association UK

selected works

Flamenco Dancers
2012
Mosque
1964
Fatima
1968
They Always Appear
1964
Untitled
1960-1961
They Always Appear
1961
The Inevitable
1984-1985
Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams III
2015
The Tree
2003
The Tree
2003
The Tree
2003
Oxford Tree
2001
The Tree
2001
In the Present II
1994
The Opening of Khartoum
1989
Head II
1957
Alphabet No.4
1992
The Tree
2000
Meditation Tree
2008
Meditation Tree
2018

forthcoming exhibitions

past exhibitions

23 November 2017 – 1 March 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi

By His Will We Teach Birds How to Fly

Ibrahim El-Salahi in Black and White

6 October – 17 November 2017

Ibrahim El-Salahi & William Turnbull

19 November 2016 – 14 January 2017

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Khartoum School

The Making of the Modern Art Movement in Sudan (1945 - present)

28 June – 17 August 2016

Continuum

Summer Show

Vigo Gallery
1 March – 30 April 2016

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Alhambra

1 September – 3 October 2015

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Arab Spring Notebook

29 May – 31 July 2015

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Flamenco

Vigo Gallery
28 April – 31 May 2015

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Haraza

4 July – 4 September 2014

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Tree

Vigo Gallery

video

Ibrahim El-Salahi

TATE | Ibrahim El-Salahi 'A Visionary Modernist' 2013

Ibrahim El-Salahi

TATE | Ibrahim El-Salahi Studio Visit | TateShots

Ibrahim El-Salahi

TATE | Ibrahim El-Salahi in conversation with Salah Hassan

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Modern Forms: Ibrahim El-Salahi interviewed by Nick Hackworth

Ibrahim El-Salahi

BBC Radio 4: An Alternative History of Art

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, continues the BBC Radio series exploring overlooked artists from the 20th century. Art history has been written from a white, Western, male perspective. What would an alternative canon look like?

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Ashmolean: The Tree series

Ibrahim El-Salahi

'Mosque' 1964 @ Museum of Modern Art, New York

Mosque, 1964 on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Prince Clause Fund Gallery | Ibrahim El-Salahi

Flamenco Dancers

2012Oil on canvas210.3 x 252 x 5 cm / 82 3/4 x 99 1/4 x 2 in

Mosque

1964Oil on canvas30.7  x 46 cm / 12 1/8 x 18 1/8 in
Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Fatima

1968 Oil on canvas 60.5  x 60.5 cm / 23 7/8 x 23 7/8 in

They Always Appear

1964Oil on Canvas 46 x 61 cm / 18 1/8 x 24 in

Untitled

1960-1961Oil on plywood 61 x 54 cm / 24 x 21 1/4 in

They Always Appear

1961Oil on canvas 61 x 92 cm / 24 x 36 1/4 in

The Inevitable

1984-1985Indian Ink on Bristol board532.1  x 603.9  cm / 209 1/2 x 237 3/4 in
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Ithaca, USA)

Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams III

2015Pen and ink 154 x 122 cm / 60 5/8 x 48 in

The Tree

2003Coloured inks on Bristol board76.5 x 76.5 cm / 30 1/8 x 30 1/8 in

The Tree

2003Coloured inks on Bristol board76.5 x 76.5 cm / 30 1/8 x 30 1/8 in

The Tree

2003Coloured ink on watercolour paper 101 x 101 cm / 39 3/4 x 39 3/4 in

Oxford Tree

2001Coloured ink on watercolour paper 34 x 34 cm / 13 3/8 x 13 3/8 in

The Tree

2001Coloured ink on watercolour paper76 x 76 cm / 29 7/8 x 29 7/8 in

In the Present II

1994Pen and Ink on Bristol board 111.8  x 228.6 cm / 44 x 90 in

The Opening of Khartoum

198964.5 x 136.5 cm / 25 3/8 x 53 3/4 in

Head II

1957Oil on wood panel45.5 x 30.3 cm / 17 7/8 x 11 7/8 in

Alphabet No.4

1992 Pen and Ink on bristol board 42 x 77 cm / 16 1/2 x 30 3/8 in

The Tree

2000India ink and coloured ink on Bristol board21 x 21  cm / 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in

Meditation Tree

2008Indian ink/paper 36.8 x 111.8 cm cm / 14 1/2 x 44 in

Meditation Tree

2018Polished aluminium 68 x 65 x 46 cm / 26 3/4 x 25 5/8 x 18 1/8 in