Picasso Sculpture, now on view, is on Hyperallergic’s “Best of 2015” list, along with past exhibitions Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980, One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, and Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades at MoMA PS1.
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!
Wael Shawky Cabaret Crusades three videos, 2010, 2012, 2014, using 200-year-old marionettes from a collection in Italy for the first installment, custom-made ceramic figures for the second, and custom-made Murano glass figures for the third.
Today was supposed to be the last day to see this amazing trio of films and accompanying sculptures and drawings at PS1 MoMA- extended through September 7th.
Documenta 13 in Black and White by Rick Herron, Assistant Manager of Visitor Services
Rick Herron, Assistant Manager of Visitor Services at the New Museum, recently visited Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany. For Six Degrees, he has put together a selection of photos of the exhibition. Documenta 13 closes September 16, 2012. READ MORE
@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.
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.
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!
THE DAILY PIC (#1330): This is a still from “The Horror Show Files”, part I of “Cabaret Crusades”, Wael
Shawky’s amazing video trilogy about the West’s medieval attacks on
Islam. All three parts are now on view at PS1 art space in New York, but
I still think the first one, which I originally caught at the Documenta
festival in Germany in 2012, is the best.
The video uses 19th-century
Italian marionettes to tell the story of the First Crusade, but seen
from the viewpoint of the war’s Muslim protagonists and with all
dialogue in Arabic. (Inspiration came from the collection of medieval
texts in “The Crusades Through Arab Eyes”, published by
Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf in 1984). Hearing Arabic words coming from
the mouth of the Christian Pope Urban II, who preached and launched the
war, is deeply peculiar – but of course reflects the way his words and
ideas must have been imagined and digested by the culture he was
It is almost a cliché to note that puppets are always a
bit uncanny; they are doubly so when they enact slaughter and warfare.
(Nothing’s deader than a murdered marionette.) That helps make Shawky’s
piece all the more unsettling – precisely what we need right now, when
our views of Christian and Muslim are far too settled.
Still images from the film Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo (2012) by Egyptian artist, Wael Shawky.
Based on extensive periods of research and enquiry, Wael Shawky’s work tackles notions of national, religious and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Mixing truth and fiction, childlike wonder and spiritual doctrine, Shawky has staged epic recreations of the medieval clashes between Muslims and Christians using child actors to recount poetic myths, paying homage to the important narratives of yesteryear. (Text Source)