For his first solo exhibition at a major American museum, the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky presents his epic video trilogy that recounts the history of The Crusades from an Arab perspective. Inspired by The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Lebanese historian Amin Maalouf, Shawky’s videos chart the numerous European campaigns to the Holy Land, starting from the early Crusades from 1096–1099 A.D. that are depicted in CABARET CRUSADES: THE HORROR SHOW FILES (2010) and the First and Second Crusades from 1099–1145 A.D. in CABARET CRUSADES: THE PATH TO CAIRO (2012). The MoMA PS1 exhibition will feature both works and debut the third and final video from the series, CABARET CRUSADES: THE SECRETS of KARBALA.

 Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades is now on view through August 31, 2015!

(Photo credits: Pablo Enriquez)

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Cabaret Crusades is an ongoing project, initiated by the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky in 2010, that tells the story of the Crusades—the military expeditions to the Holy Land undertaken by European Christians from the eleventh to the thirteenth century—through images that reflect the perspective of those who experienced the invasions. 

On view through January 5.


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Image: Marionettes in an installation at the gallery, which also features the artist’s films

@ladygaga: Wael Shawky’s exhibition @momaps1 curated by @klausbiesenbach opening last night was simply magical. He is not only a creative genius, but a master artisan, an epic filmmaker, an important historical storyteller. I have shivers everytime I return to his work, first in Berlin now in Long Island City at this incredible space. This is a “don’t miss” opportunity for any New York or traveling art lovers. So happy to see how far he’s come. Go to the exhibition and experience the magical world of Wael…I did. I will be mesmerized for days and days.

Come to MoMA PS1 this Saturday for another Night at the Museum, a night in the midst of challenging art, bring old friends and make new friends…
We had so much fun designing this over the top invite together, but anyway the most rewarding in working there next to all the artists and art we work with is the fact that we have the greatest, funniest, most adventurous and elegant board and team of colleagues!
Hoping to see you all on saturday!

On view at MoMA PS1:
Wael Shawky: Cabaret CrusadesZero Tolerance; Francesco Vezzoli: Teatro Romano ; Bob and Roberta Smith: Art AmnestySamara Golden: The Flat Side of the KnifeAnne Imhof: DEALThe Little Things Could Be Dearer.

Tickets available for purchase here.


Wael Shawky - THE CAVE 2005