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Shoots of Hope
Imran Qureshi at the MACRO in Rome and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York



Works by Imran Qureshi can currently be seen at the Venice Biennale and the New York Metropolitan Museum. After its premiere in the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, the first major European Qureshi show will make an appearance in the Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma beginning on September 24. With its pioneering architecture and ambitious program, the MACRO provides an ideal platform for the exhibition of the Pakistan-based “Artist of the Year” 2013. In 2012 the MACRO showed Riffs, the exhibition of works by Yto Barrada, who was selected as Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year” 2011.

Schooled in traditional miniature painting, Imran Qureshi developed completely new forms of expression from this old art form. His works, which have the format of a school notebook, but can also encompass entire building complexes, have continually addressed the social and political reality in Pakistan. At the same time, they are also dedicated to profound existential themes that speak to everyone. The exhibition of the 2013 “Artist of the Year” brings together numerous miniature paintings, large canvases made especially for the show, and an installation. Qureshi’s works move between tradition and modernism and have terror and death, spirituality and beauty as their themes. One of the recurrent motifs are ornamental blood-red flowers. “Shoots of Hope” is what Qureshi calls them—as a symbol for change and the emergence of new life.

Since May, Qureshi’s painting installation And How Many Rains Must Fall Before the Stains Are Washed Clean is on view on the Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. On the spacious terrace, where during the summer sculptural works by artists like Tomás Saraceno or Doug and Mike Starn are otherwise shown, he covered the flagstones with his blood-stain-like, red petal ornaments. Now, the museum is additionally presenting a selection of Qureshi’s more intimate formats: his miniature paintings can be seen in a small exhibition beginning on July 29. The works employ the centuries-old technique of the Mughal era as a contemporary form of expression. The Metropolitan, with its collection that spans five millennia, provides the ideal context for them.

Imran Qureshi
2013 Deutsche Bank "Artist of the Year"

9/24 – 11/17/2013
MACRO, Rome

The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi
through November 3, 2013
Imran Qureshi's Miniature Paintings
7/29/2013 – 2/2/2014
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York




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