Monday, March 2, 2015

Acclaimed Lebanese sculptor Alfred Basbous - At ARTSPACE-1st to 5th March 2015




Buzzingtales is all about exploration of the various enriching facets of life. Hence it was a pleasure to be invited to view the around 20 master pieces by master sculptor Alfred Basbous Dubai. Women have often been the muses of many artists but Basbous’s sculptures are starkly different in their depiction and portrayal. Basbous sculpted voluptuous and feminine forms which are unusually modern for their time. His work glorifies women in all stages of life: single or coupled, from birth to motherhood. In a pure and modern style, this exhibition will present Alfred Basbous Bronze master pieces. What is more intriguing is the master sculptors childhood, which was far sacrosanct than his choice of profession.


These inspiring works are displayed at ARTSPACE Gallery, from March 1 to 5, 2015. Organized in collaboration with Basbous Foundation, the exhibition will present 20 artworks from the master.
The curator, Fadi Alfred Basbous stated: “In 1998, we showcased the creations of Alfred Basbous at Abu Dhabi Cultural Center drawing an overwhelming crowd to celebrate the artist exceptional talent. Fifteen years later in 2013 we held the first show of the bronze collection in Abu Dhabi (MCBC) and in 2014 in Dubai DIFC. This significant success will definitely be revived this year thanks to the genuine and passionate support of the ARTSPACE gallery owners and team.”


“Alfred Basbous believes that the aim of art is to discover the shape; therefore he must overcome thought and imaging to detect the shape up to the ultimate expression. He refuses to give attention to direct expression and in the best conditions, he rejects the external movement. He believes that his role is not in finding solutions and answering questions but in presenting these issues and asking new questions or even raising old questions in a new language,” said C.N, a historian.

About Alfred Basbous:
Born in Rachana, Lebanon, in 1924, three years following the birth of his brother Michel, Alfred Basbous had a peripatetic childhood. His family moved around, living among different communities, as his father was a parish priest. Alfred worked with stone early on, and began carving works in wood and metal too, primarily to represent animals and female nudes. In 1960, he received a scholarship from the French government and became a pupil of the sculptor René Collamarini at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1961, his works were included in the International Sculpture Exhibition at the Musée Rodin, Paris. Returning home, Alfred drew inspiration from the Modernism of Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Jean Arp, as well as the nature of Lebanon, reflected in his work on the human body and feminine curves.
 For more information about the artist, please contact ARTSPACE at 04 323 0820 or send email to sossy@artspace-dubai.com.







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