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Seven Artists in Yemen

On Thursday the 3rd Feburary an inaugural reception was held for the exhibition “Seven Artists in Yemen” with an inaugural address given by Mr. Badr Eddine Arodaky, Deputy Director General of l’Institut du Monde Arabe.

This event followed the Yemen Tourism Ministry’s initiative in inviting eight European artists to Sana’a to paint for three weeks during the summer of last year.

At the completion of their three week tour, the artists put on a short exhibition at the Bab Al-Yemen Gallery in the context of the 2010 Sana’a Summer Festival.

After their return to Europe the artists began organising exhibitions of their work produced in Yemen in order to present to a European public a view of Yemen not generally put forward by Western media.

The exhibition held in the Café littéraire of  l’Institut du Monde Arabe showed work by 7 of the 8 artists who visited Sana’a, and was the second in a series of planned exhibitions around Europe, the first took place for the French artist participants in Toulouse this past January. The exhibition continues until the 27th of February 2011.

The artists showing work at the exhibition were Philip Braham from Scotland, Charles Foster-Hall from England, Stephanie Ledoux, Philippe Bichon, Aurelie Pedrajas and Charlotte Jaunez, all from France, and David Gonzalez-Carpio Alcaraz from Spain.

All the artists were greatly inspired by their visit to Yemen and it was not only an opportunity to show their work, but to share their enthusiasm for Yemen with their guests and correct many of the negative perceptions created by media coverage of the country.

The reception was very well attended by about 200 guests, including some who know Yemen well and others who were pleased to learn more about a country about which they had only heard about in the news.

The work on view included many portraits of the people that the artists had met in Sana’a, reflecting the warmth and hospitality that the artists found in Yemen and also paintings of landscapes and architecture for which Yemen is renowned for.

l’Institut du Monde Arabe is the foremost Arab cultural centre in Europe and the Café littéraire is visited regularly by many of the artists, writers and other intellectuals from Arab countries now living in Paris as well as those interested in Arab culture.

On Thursday the 3rd Feburary an inaugural reception was held for the exhibition “Seven Artists in Yemen” with an inaugural address given by Mr. Badr Eddine Arodaky, Deputy Director General of l’Institut du Monde Arabe.

This event followed the Yemen Tourism Ministry’s initiative in inviting eight European artists to Sana’a to paint for three weeks during the summer of last year. At the completion of their three week tour, the artists put on a short exhibition at the Bab Al-Yemen Gallery in the context of the 2010 Sana’a Summer Festival.

After their return to Europe the artists began organising exhibitions of their work produced in Yemen in order to present to a European public a view of Yemen not generally put forward by Western media.

The exhibition held in the Café littéraire of  l’Institut du Monde Arabe showed work by 7 of the 8 artists who visited Sana’a, and was the second in a series of planned exhibitions around Europe, the first took place for the French artist participants in Toulouse this past January.

The exhibition continues until the 27th of February 2011. The artists showing work at the exhibition were Philip Braham from Scotland, Charles Foster-Hall from England, Stephanie Ledoux, Philippe Bichon, Aurelie Pedrajas and Charlotte Jaunez, all from France, and David Gonzalez-Carpio Alcaraz from Spain.

All the artists were greatly inspired by their visit to Yemen and it was not only an opportunity to show their work, but to share their enthusiasm for Yemen with their guests and correct many of the negative perceptions created by media coverage of the country.

The reception was very well attended by about 200 guests, including some who know Yemen well and others who were pleased to learn more about a country about which they had only heard about in the news.

The work on view included many portraits of the people that the artists had met in Sana’a, reflecting the warmth and hospitality that the artists found in Yemen and also paintings of landscapes and architecture for which Yemen is renowned for.

l’Institut du Monde Arabe is the foremost Arab cultural centre in Europe and the Café littéraire is visited regularly by many of the artists, writers and other intellectuals from Arab countries now living in Paris as well as those interested in Arab culture.