Along the Road to Nineveh

20 October 2017 until 25 March 2018

New work by Qassim AlsaedyNew work by Qassim Alsaedy
New work by Qassim AlsaedyNew work by Qassim Alsaedy

The internationally renowned artist Qassim Alsaedy will be exhibiting monumental paintings and ceramic objects in Along the Road to Nineveh. The work on view is resonant with history: Alsaedy draws inspiration from the ancient Near East and the ruins of Nineveh, once the capital of the Assyrian Empire. The exhibition consists of 22 new and existing artworks. 

You will find the paintings and ceramic objects by Qassim Alsaedy behind the Egyptian temple in the museum’s entrance hall.

Square shape and relief

All the work produced by Qassim Alsaedy (b. Baghdad, 1949) is three-dimensional and much of it is square. This shape recalls the plaques carved in relief in temples that were built thousands of years ago in his native country, Iraq. Alsaedy often works in relief himself. In creating a symbol on a panel, he builds it up in layers, superimposing each layer over the previous one. After many layers have been applied, the symbols look as if they have been rolled in clay using an ancient cylinder seal.

Qassim Alsaedy

Qassim Alsaedy was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and has lived in the Netherlands since 1994. As an art student he visited the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh, from which he would later draw inspiration. Under the regime of Saddam Hussein, he was held in detention for nine months as a political prisoner. He fled from Iraq in the 1980s, and wandered for some time before finally ending up in Europe. He produced his ceramic work, which echoes the architectural shapes and colours of the ancient Near East, together with the German ceramic artist Brigitte Reuter (b. 1945).