The Lazaret Ollandini is a unique and major cultural center in Corsica: it hosts various activities, like concerts of all genres, lectures, art exhibitions and a permanent collection of sculptures by Marc Petit.
This summer temporary exhibition is dedicated to Ibrahim Shahda, and offers a rich panorama of his work in very pleasant surroundings.
When visiting the exhibition and the permanent collection, one can quickly make a connection between Marc Petit’s sculptures and Shahda’s portraits and self-portraits and tag them – if one likes to give tags – as expressionists. Not surprising if you think that the last important exhibition of Shahda in Paris took place in the Galerie Polad-Hardouin, which is one of the foremost expressionist gallery in the capital city.
This being said, a certain number of older portraits and self-portraits look somewhere else and show Shahda’s love for the great Dutch or Spanish masters.
As for landscapes, they often present this turmoil present in Soutine’s landscapes, in seeming opposition to the calm of still lifes. But are they so calm?
Some of the paintings on display: