National Modern & Contemporary art Museum of Algeria MAMA

المتحف الوطني للفن الحديث و المعاصر للجزائر

Main Exhibition 14th September 2019


Credit Massimiliano Moro©

EXHIBITION - 7th EDITION - الطبعة السابعة

Modern & Contemporary Art museum of Algiers MAMA

25 Larbi Ben M’hidi, 16002 Alger, Algeria

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Algiers, affectionately known as the MAMA, is one of the most beautiful cultural achievements since the Independence of Algeria. It was inaugurated on December 1st, 2007 by Mrs. Khalida TOUMI, Minister of Culture, for the event "Algiers, Capital of Arab Culture". Built between 1901 and 1909, this majestic five-storey building is one of the jewels of neo-Moorish architecture. 

يعد المتحف الوطني للفن الحديث والمعاصر في الجزائر العاصمة ، المعروف باسم ماما، واحدًا من أجمل الإنجازات الثقافية منذ استقلال الجزائر. تم افتتاحه في 1 ديسمبر 2007 من قبل السيدة خليدة تومي ، وزيرة الثقافة ، لحضور "الجزائر عاصمة الثقافة العربية". بني هذا المبنى الفخم المكون من خمسة طوابق بين عامي 1901 و 1909 ، وهو أحد جواهر العمارة المغاربية الجديدة.



Al-Tiba9 Algiers 2019 / STATEMENT

Transgression allows the liberation of the creative energies whose agent is the human. This power of act has been theorized by several thinkers of the Eastern and Western world.

This logic of action is introduced and understood only by the notion of the different levels of reality. It is a logic of complexity and freedom, the transgression of the metaphysical order, which conceived the image as an intermediary between visible and invisible, between body and soul, between here and there.

The great Sufi theorist Ibn Al-Arabi explains that we must see and understand the contradictions and tensions contained in names. It is necessary that the word joins the thing and to perceive the different levels of reality which compose it. It would be a transgression to overcome the limit of the present, to go beyond appearances, to access the hidden reality, the light of the intellect. Ibn Al-Arabi calls these levels the degrees of hierarchy of the being. According to Mawlana Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, when one recognizes the signs of creation by observing and thinking about it, one sees creation as an expression of divine power, thus reaches the love of God. The further we move away from the true center of the religious faith, the more differences and controversies emerge. "We are not going East and West, but rather we are constantly traveling to the Sun" Rumi says.

And in the verse: "And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (115) Al-Baqarah, Qoran.

On the other hand, for the great romantic poet Goethe, East and West were not two distinct geographical regions, but rather two poles of the spiritual and cultural world; we must understand the one to understand the other. It is not just a curiosity about the culture of the other, but rather a necessity on which our path depends in the future.

This seventh edition of Al-Tiba9 focuses on light as a manifestation of energy, a principle that makes it possible to reach the phenomenological world, an element of knowledge by getting closer to the center and reach these levels of reality. This transgressive show emerges between lights and shadows, from here and there, reaching for profound hope but staying rooted in reality. These physical, metaphysical and spiritual oxymorons are meeting again this year in the Museum of Modern Art of Algiers (MAMA) featuring internationally established and emerging artists from around the globe.

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