• Adel Abdessemed, L’Âge d’or (The Golden Age), 2013, gold-plated brass, 44 1/2 x 74 x 1 3/4".

    “Adel Abdessemed: L’Âge d’or

    Qatar Museums
    Doha, Qatar
    October 5, 2013–January 5, 2014

    Curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi

    For the first time since opening its doors three years ago, Mathaf is devoting a solo show to an artist from the Arab world, a vast and variable region with complicated politics and notably undernourished art-historical narratives, which the museum was established to explore. Adel Abdessemed’s “L’Âge d’or,” curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, will delve into notions of past, present, and future through works made with materials such as salt, jade, porcelain, cannabis, gold, resin, bamboo, and bronze. An Algerian-born, Paris-based artist of Berber descent who is fiercely interdisciplinary and famously resistant to the pigeonholes of identity politics, Abdessemed will present more than a dozen commissions, a handful of existing works, three site-specific projects, and a large-scale public sculpture. Viewers may anticipate intimations of violence and evocations of memory as subtle, generative, and uncompromising as the artist’s practice to date.