This exhibition focuses on the artistic achievements of Nasser Al Yousif, a true pioneer of the modern art movement in Bahrain. It brings together over 100 works by the artist from the collection of the Bahrain National Museum and the extensive collection held by his family. These artworks have not been seen together by the public in decades and never in the framework of a retrospective. The exhibition will highlight Nasser Al Yousif’s artistic practice in multiple media, spanning painting, drawing and the print medium, as well as his pioneering role in establishing and furthering the visual arts in his native Bahrain.
A central aspect of the exhibition is the detailed documentation of over 500 artworks, which will be published in the form of an accompanying catalogue. The full catalogue section together with commissioned essays, detailed artist biography and historical timelines will serve as the reference document on Nasser Al Yousif and the times he worked in. The aim of this publication is to iteratively build up a compendium of knowledge and documents relating to the development of the modern art movement in Bahrain from the mid 20th century onwards.
There is a particularly unique angle on this artist. The women in his life – his wife and two daughters – played a particularly important part in his life. Both as muses and when he turned blind in 1992, as assistants and guides.
The exhibition is open Saturday to Thursday, 9am-1pm and 4pm-7pm.
Call 17 320-955.