Miryam Haddad in her studio, 2021 © Claire Dorn

Miryam Haddad’s solo show at the FRAC Auvergne will be on view from October 2 to December 30 2021.

In collaboration with:
Printemps de Septembre festival from September 17 to October 17, 2021 as part of the artist’s exhibition at the Abattoirs, Musée – FRAC Occitanie, Toulouse.

FRAC Auvergne
6 Rue du Terrail
63000 Clermont-Ferrand/FR

Artist Miryam Haddad, 2021. Photo: Claire Dorn

Miryam Haddad will present a solo show at Les Abattoirs, Musée – FRAC Occitanie as part of the festival Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse
09.17.21 – 10.17.21

In collaboration with the FRAC Auvergne, as part of the exhibition Là-bas, sous le ciel d’orage (Over there, under the stormy sky) from October 2 to December 30, 2021.

Les Abattoirs, Musée – FRAC Occitanie
76 allées Charles-de-Fitte
31300 Toulouse/FR

Further information: printempsdeseptembre.com


The young Syrian Miryam Haddad now living in Paris creates paintings that have the virtue of escaping photographic reproduction. Where the digital sensor fails, the eye alone can appreciate the rare swathes of the colour, the power of the impasto, the complexity of the juxtapositions, the rubbing of the brushes and the marks left by the palette knife. These are works that are not afraid of sensuous colours rich in pigment. Indeed they seek these out and play voluptuously on the cohabitation of absinth green, vermilion and ochre, but also the juxtapositions of deep purple and Indian orange.*

The war in Syria obliged the artist to leave her country earlier than she had planned in 2012. This experience surely intensifies the drama of canvases that are built up into incandescent extasies of pigment lent jewel-bright hardness by fragments of stained glass and ceramic. Her paintings retain a defiant beauty that suggest that humanity, even at its most devastated, will find a way to rise from the depths.

In 2019, the artist was the laureate of the Jean Francois Prat prize, had a solo show at the Collection Lambert in Avignon and was selected to create the poster for the 73rd Festival d’Avignon. Her work has recently featured in the following group and solo exhibitions: FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand/FR, Le Printemps de septembre, Toulouse/FR (curator Christian Bernard) (2021); J’aime, Je n’aime pas, Eigen + Art, Leipzig (2020); Group show, Shibuya Hikarie Cube gallery, Tokyo (2020); Prix Jean-François Prat, Fondation Bredin Prat, Paris (2019); Globe as a Palette, Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art (touring Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido, Hakodate Museum of Art, Sapporo Art Museum, Hokkaido, 2019); Jeunes artistes en Europe – Les métamorphoses, Fondation Cartier, Paris (2019).

*Alain Berland, Catalogue – Prix Jean-François Prat 2019, Éditions Jannick, Paris, May 2019

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