Exhibition in Marseille on plastic arts history in Algeria

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MARSEILLE (France)- A collective exhibition of paintings, organized in Marseille (France), comprising the works of several Algerian artists of different generations, sheds light on the history of plastic arts in Algeria since the 1960s, according to the event’s official website.

Entitled “Waiting for Omar Gatlato” (in reference to the eponymous film produced in 1977 by Merzak Allouache), the exhibition, to run until May 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art “Triangle France-Astérides”, highlights the history of the plastic arts in Algeria, through the canvases of 29 plastic artists from Algeria and the diaspora.

The works on display, the oldest of which dates from 1965, offer visitors a panorama of the genesis of this artistic discipline in Algeria, where plastic artists, from different artistic currents, have given free rein to their prolific creativity to portrate their country, in its traditional, historical and heritage dimensions. Belonging, among others, to abstract, realistic, naive or contemporary currents, the canvases deal in substance with subjects related to society, politics, people in the practice of customs, or even history. The exhibition features works by artists such as; Kader Attia, Djamel Tatah, Baya, Fayçal Beghriche, Mohamed Khedda, Fella Tamzali, Mahboub Benbella and Zoubir Hellal. Open only to artists and professionals for public health reasons, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibition “Waiting for Omar Gatlato” is organized in collaboration with the (French) National Center for visual arts.

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