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“If the significance of the conventional art salon lies in the emergence of an institutional system responsible for evaluating production, nurturing debates and criticism, and disseminating art among a wider public, an alternative informal culture existed in pre-1956 Baghdad, which accomplished some of these as well as other goals, laying the foundations for further institutionalisation.”

Publication: Amin Alsaden. “Alternative Salons: Cultivating Art and Architecture in the Domestic Spaces of Post-World War II Baghdad.” The Art Salon in the Arab Region: Politics of Taste Making, 165-206. Edited by Nadia von Maltzahn and Monique Bellan. Beirut: Orient-Institut Beirut, 2018.


Keywords: art, architecture, culture, salons, exhibitions, institutions, culture, domestic, interiors, houses, gatherings, Majalis, diwans, artistic, groups, associations, community, parties, exhibitions, debates, eduation, patronage, social, exchanges, safe, inclusive, incubator, artists, architects, poets, writers, institutionalization, global, local, modernism, post-WWII, 20th century, Jewad Selim, Faik Hassan, Isa Hanna, Jamil Hamoudi, Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Rifat Chadirji, Ellen Jawdat, Pioneers Group, SP, Baghdad Group for Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq, South West Asia, Arab world

Image: Family of Hussein Taha al-Nejim