Kamal Boullata

“My mother tongue is a fountainhead merging within its flow all dualities and differences between the hidden and the manifest. The contemplation of its very structure continues to reveal to me the origins of Arab aesthetics. That is how Arabic never ceased to lure me as a painter into rereading my visual environment.”

Kamal Boullata

Kamal Boullata, Al-Alif wa-l-Ya (“The alpha and the omega”) -Ibn Arabi, 1983
Kamal Boullata, Al-Alif wa-l-Ya (“The alpha and the omega”) -Ibn Arabi, 1983
Al-Alif wa-l-Ya (“The alpha and the omega”) -Ibn Arabi, Kamal Boullata, 1983, silkscreen, 52 x 52 cm, © the artist, courtesy taswir projects
Kamal Boullata small -Al-Arsh Zil Allah wa-l Insan al-Arsh, 1983. (The throne is God
Kamal Boullata small -Al-Arsh Zil Allah wa-l Insan al-Arsh, 1983. (The throne is God
Kamal Boullata, Al-'Arsh Zil Allah wa-l Insan al’Arsh (“The throne is God’s shadow and man is the throne”) - Ibn ‘Arabi, 1983, Silkscreen, 57 x 48 cm
Kamal Boullata, Sizain 6, 2002
Kamal Boullata, Sizain 6, 2002
Sizain 6, Kamal Boullata, 2002, embossing on paper, series of 6 (40 + 1 AP, 24th edition), 29 x 14 cm, © the artist, courtesy taswir projects
Kamal Boullata, Sizain 4, 2002
Kamal Boullata, Sizain 4, 2002
Sizain 4, Kamal Boullata, 2002, embossing on paper, series of 6 (40 + 1 AP, 24th edition), 29 x 14 cm, © the artist, courtesy taswir projects
Kamal Boullata, Sizain 2, 2002
Kamal Boullata, Sizain 2, 2002
Sizain 2, Kamal Boullata, 2002, embossing on paper, series of 6 (40 + 1 AP, 24th edition), 29 x 14 cm, © the artist, courtesy taswir projects
Kamal Boullata, Sizain 1, 2002
Kamal Boullata, Sizain 1, 2002
Sizain 1, Kamal Boullata, 2002, embossing on paper, series of 6 (40 + 1 AP, 24th edition), 29 x 14 cm, © the artist, courtesy taswir projects
Kamal Boullata, Allah Mahabba (God is love), 1983
Kamal Boullata, Allah Mahabba (God is love), 1983
Allah Mahabba (God is Love), Kamal Boullata, 1983, silkscreen, 62 x 42 cm, © the artist, courtesy taswir projects

Kamal Boullata

Born 1942 in Jerusalem, Palestine, lives and works in Berlin.

Graduate of the Accademy of Rome and the Corcoran Art Museum School, Washington, DC.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 Meem Gallery, Dubai

2013 Wiensowski & Harbord, Berlin

2009 ArtSpace Gallery, Dubai

2002 Musée du Château Dufresne, Montreal

2002 Bibliothèque Centrale, Grenoble

2001 Galerie d’art contemporain, Palais de l’Europe, Menton

1999 Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris

1998 Patronato de la Alhambra Islamic Museum, Carlos V Palace, Granada

Selected Group Exhibition

2015 Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2014 Tariqah, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

2013 Changing Agents, Alāan Artspace, Riyadh

2012 Meem Projects 2012. Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Meem Gallery, Abu Dhabi

2009 Palestine. La création dans tous ses états, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

2009 D’Orient et d’Occident, Galerie Jacques Leegenhoek, Paris

2009  Art Dubai, ArtSpace Gallery, Dubai

2008    Modernité plurielle. Art arabe contemporain, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

2006Word Into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London

2002 L’œuvre en cours, Musée du Palais Carnoles, Menton

Selected public collections

British Museum, London

Institut du Monde Arab, Paris,

Patronato de la Alhambra Islamic Museum, Granada

Jordan National Gallery, Amman

Bibliothèque Louis Notari, Monaco

Museum of Modern Arab Art, Doha

New York Public Library, New York

The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman

Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah

Selected publications

Palestinian Art. From 1850 to the Present, London: Saqi, 2009.

Between Exits. Paintings by Hani Zurob, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2012.
Editor: Belonging and Globalisation. Critical Essays in Contemporary Art and Culture, London: Saqi, 2008.