RACHID KORAÏCHI

 

Born 1947 in Ain Beida, Algeria.

 

Koraïchi’s work is influenced by a heritage in intellectual Sufism and an early schooling as Quraishite- transcriber of Quranic texts- in the Aurés region in Algeria. Drawing on Arabic semiotics and dwelling on calligraphy as a means of interpretive transcendence, Koraïchi’s work utilizes letters and signage to evoke figurative imagery and enumerate universal messages to a global audience.

 

The reworked Sufi verses evoke arcane talismanic characters and numbers that, in accordance with Sufi philosophy, negotiate an aesthetical quality with revelation, divination and physical manifestation of intangible ideas such as the quest for grace. His ideas are realized through a variety of media including ornately painted ceramics, textiles, bold metal sculptures of literary characters, and silk screens that negotiate imagery with typology.   

 

Koraïchi engages local artists and craftsmen trained in antiquated traditions to craft artifacts for site-specific installations that foster dialogues between local and global communities. His work has been featured in several international exhibitions such as the 47th and 49th Venice Biennials as well as a major installation, Path of Roses, at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

 

Koraïchi is based in France and works across Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt.  

 

Education

 

1967-1971         Higher Institute of Fine Arts (École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts d'Alger), Algiers, Algeria

1971-1975         Superior National School of the Decorative Arts (École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs), Paris, France

1973-1975         School of Urban Studies (Institut d'urbanisme), Paris, France

1975-1977         Superior School of Arts (École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts) (painting studio of Gustave Singier and print studio of Lagrange-Dorny), Paris, France

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

 

2016                     Love Side by Side with the Soul, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA

2013                     Livres d’artiste de Rachid Koraïchi, Éditions & Espace Méridianes, Montpellier, France

2011                     Une Nation en Exil (A Nation in Exile), City of Montauban, France

Path of Roses (Tariq al-Ward), Abu Dhabi Festival, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2010                     Rachid Koraïchi: Ecstatic Flow, October Gallery, London, UK

2008                     Les Ancêtres liés aux Étoiles (Ancestors Linked to the Stars), Chapelle Saint Martin, Le Méjan, Arles, France

Chemin des Roses (Path of Roses), Citadel of Algiers, Algeria

Hommage à Mahmoud Darwich (Homage to Mahmoud Darwish), Islamic Cultural Institute, Paris, France

Les Sept Dormants (The Seven Sleepers, Seven Books in Homage to Seven Monks of Tibhirine), Church of Seillac, France

2007                     20 Years: 12 Poets: Porcelains by Rachid Koraïchi, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

A Nation in Exile (Une Nation en Exil), Gallery 23, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Homage to Love and Memory, The George W. South Memorial, Church of the Advocate, Philadelphia, USA

2005                     Ancestral Memories, October Gallery, London, UK

2004                     Alep, Voyage en Soi(e) (Aleppo, Silken Voyage Inside Oneself) of Rachid Koraïchi, Gallery Isma, Riadh el Feth, Algiers, Algeria

Rachid Koraïchi: 7 Variations Indigo (7 Indigo Variations), Musée de la Veille Charité of Marseille, France

2002                     Path of Roses (Chemin des Roses)/ Beirut’s Poem (Poème de Beyrouth)/ A Nation in Exile (Une Nation en Exil), The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Une Nation en Exil (A Nation in Exile), United Nations, Beirut, Lebanon

2001                     Beirut’s Poem (Poème de Beyrouth) and Path of Roses (Chemin des Roses), National Gallery of Fine Art, Amman, Jordan; Institut Français, Casablanca; Institut Français, Marrakesh, Morocco

Hommage à Ibn ’Arabi (Homage to Ibn ’Arabi), Church of Mérignac, Mérignac, France; The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Darat al-Funun, Amman, Jordan

2000                     Rencontre à Casablanca (Meeting in Casablanca), joint exhibition with Farid Belkahia, Gallery Al Manar, Casablanca, Morocco

Anthologie de poésie arabe (Anthology of Arab Poems), National Library, Limoges, France

Interfaces, The Bachelard Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne, Paris, France

1999                     Chemin des Roses I, hommage à Rûmî (Path of Roses I, Homage to Rûmî), Residency at the Institut Français, Anatolia, Turkey

Autour des voyages de Delacroix et Matisse (Around the Travels of Delacroix and Matisse), Residency in Marrakesh, Morocco

Ô Fleurs! Hommage à Attar (Oh Flowers! Homage to Attar), International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France

1998                     Rachid Koraïchi: Clay, Silk, Paper & Steel, Leighton House Museum, London, UK

Lettres d’Argile : Hommage à Ibn ’Arabi (Letters of Clay: Homage to Ibn ’Arabi) (1998-1999), Espace Gard, Nîmes, France, touring to Institut Français and Darat al-Funun, Amman, Jordan; Institut Français, Damascus, Syria; Al-Mustansiriya Madrasah, Baghdad, Iraq; Institut Français, Ribat de Sousse, Tunisia; National Francophone Multimedia Library of Limoges, France; Gallery Isma, Algiers, Algeria; Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela; Embassy of France, Algiers, Algeria; Gallery A. Gorgi, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia; Institut Français, Tunis, Tunisia

Le Jardin du Paradis (The Garden of Paradise), International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France

Anthologie de poésie arabe (Anthology of Arab Poems), Elsa Triolet and Jules Verne Library, Pantin, France

Soie et Argile (Silk and Clay), The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Darat al-Funun, Amman, Jordan, in cooperation with AFAA and the Institut Français, Amman, Jordan

1997                     L’Enfant-Jazz (1997-2000), Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France; Studio Franck Bordas, Paris, France; County Centre for Educational Documentation, Avignon, France; Collège des Hautes Vallées, Guillestre, France; Sakakini Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine; Passage de l’art, Marseille, France

Hommage à Okba (Homage to Okba), Steel Sculpture, University of Kairouan, Tunisia

Hommage à René Char, Michel Butor, Mohammed Dib (Homage to René Char, Michel Butor, Mohammed Dib), Monumental Tapestry, National Francophone Multimedia Library of Limoges, France

A Nation in Exile (Une Nation en Exil), The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Darat al-Funun, Amman, Jordan

1996                     Ceramic Wall, with students of the Robert Desnos School, Tunis, Tunisia

1995                     Objects and Decor for La Reine Didon (Queen Dido), Antique Theatre of Carthage, Festival of Carthage, Tunisia

Installation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Talisman (Fountain Mural), Palm Beach, Tozeur, Tunisia

Hymnes Gravés (Engraved Hymns), Institut Français, Barcelona, Spain

1994                     Exhibition at Gallery Schauer, Paris, France

Exhibition at Gallery Yahya, Tunis, Tunisia

1993                     Nuits d’Encens (Nights of Incense), Homage to Algiers, Antique Theatre of Carthage, Tunisia

Les Sept Portes du Ciel (The Seven Gates of Heaven), Artibule, Institut Français, Casablanca, Morocco; Tour de Constance, Aigues-Mortes, France

Carpets and Tapestries, Gallery A. Gorgi, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia

1992                      Exhibition at Galerie Cherif Fine Art, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia

Exhibition at Gallery Ipso, Brussels, Belgium

Salomé, Tobacco Factory, Ajaccio, Corsica; Artibule, Institut Français, Casablanca, Morocco

Exhibition at Galerie Jaqueline Moussion, Paris, France

Exhibition at Modern Art Museum, Liège, Belgium

1991                     L’Art contemporain (Contemporary Art), Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

Exhibition at Gallery Editart, Geneva, Switzerland

Havana Biennial, Wilfredo Lam Centre, Havana, Cuba

Exhibition at Gallery Ipso, Brussels, Belgium

1990                     Salomé (joint exhibition with Michel Butor), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

1989                     Exhibition at Gallery of the National Council for Culture, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Exhibition at Gallery Editart, Geneva, Switzerland

Exhibition at The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Exhibition at Gallery Isma, Algiers, Algeria

1986                     Exhibition at The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Exhibition at Gallery D. Blanco, Geneva, Switzerland

1983                     S…à l'aplomb du mur, Ceramic wall installation, Siège GAT, Tunis, Tunisia

1978                     Exhibition at Gallery Irtissem, Tunis, Tunisia

1974                     Exhibition, Chateâu de la Hercerie, La Croix-en-Touraine, France

 

Select Group Exhibitions

 

2016                     Tantric | The Corporeal and the Cosmic, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA

2015                     Nel Mezzo del Mezzo, Museo Riso, Regional Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition, Wafi Mall, Dubai, UAE

Expanding Africa at the Newark Museum: New Visions, New Galleries, Newark Museum, NY, USA

2014                     The Global Africa Project: Political Patterns, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

Abu Dhabi Art, October Gallery and Galerie El Marsa, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, Morocco

ArteVida, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

35 Years of the Transvangarde: Contemporary art from around the planet, October Gallery, London, UK

Art14, October Gallery, London, UK

2013                     Qalam, the Art of Beautiful Writing, Birmingham Museums, UK

Symbiose de deux mondes, un siècle d’échange culturel, l’Europe et le Maghreb (Symbiosis of two worlds,100 years of cultural exchange, Europe and the Magreb), The Written Art Foundation (Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany) at Palais Namaskar, Marrakesh, Morocco

Abu Dhabi Art, October Gallery and Galerie El Marsa, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Masters of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK

Scope Art Basel, October Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

The Jameel Prize: Art inspired by Islamic Tradition, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Trade Routes, Hauser & Wirth, London, UK

Art Dubai, October Gallery and Galerie El Marsa, Dubai, UAE

Art13, October Gallery, London, UK

Reflections from Heaven, Meditations on Earth: Modern Calligraphic Art from the Arab World, Museo Valencia de la Illustración y la Modernidad, Valencia, Spain (organised by the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts & The Museum of the Imperial Forums, Rome, Italy)

The Jameel Prize: Art inspired by Islamic Tradition, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, San Francisco, USA

2012                     Dieu(x):Modes d’Emploi (God(s): a User’s Guide), Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Art de la Ville de Paris, France

Abu Dhabi Art, October Gallery and Galerie El Marsa, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Exhibition Jameel Prize, Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain

Reflections from Heaven, Meditations on Earth: Modern Calligraphic Art from the Arab World, Museum of the Imperial Forums, Rome, Italy

Art Dubai, October Gallery and Galerie El Marsa, Dubai, UAE

Jameel Prize 2011 art contemporain d’inspiration islamique (Uniting Contemporary Art and Islamic Traditions: The Jameel Prize), Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle-East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

Caravansérail, La Rochelle, France

2011                     Jameel Prize 2011, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA

Jo'burg Art Fair, October Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Art Dubai, October Gallery and Galerie El Marsa, Dubai, UAE

Miragens (2010-2011), Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil, São Paulo; Rio de Janeiro; Brasilia, Brazil

2010                     The Future of Tradition – The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (first complete installation of The Invisible Masters)

The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA

Abu Dhabi Art, Galerie El Marsa, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Jo'burg Art Fair, October Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Art Dubai, October Gallery and Galerie El Marsa, Dubai, UAE

Islã, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2009                     The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Abu Dhabi Art 2009, Galerie El Marsa, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Jo'burg Art Fair, October Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Art Dubai, October Gallery and Galerie El Marsa, Dubai, UAE

2008                     The Poetics of Cloth, Grey Art Gallery NYU, New York, USA

Les Ancêtres liés aux Étoiles (Ancestors Linked to the Stars), Chapelle Saint Martin, Le Méjan, Arles, France

Jo'burg Art Fair, October Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Art Dubai, October Gallery and Galerie El Marsa, Dubai, UAE

Word into Art, a British Museum touring exhibition, The Atrium, DIFC, Dubai, UAE

Angaza Afrika – African Art Now, October Gallery, London, UK

2007                     The Dance of Quill and Ink, Contemporary Art of the Middle East, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, in association with the Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art, Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., USA

2006                     Without Boundary: Seventeen Different Ways of Looking, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Text Messages, October Gallery, London, UK

Word into Art, British Museum, London, UK

2005                     The Seven Gates of Heaven (Les Sept Portes du Ciel), Ground Force Africa Garden and an aliquot sample of the installation of Path of Roses (Chemin des Roses), Sainsbury African Galleries, British Museum, London, UK

TEXTures: Word and Symbol in Contemporary African Art, Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., USA

2004                     Intelligence Now!, October Gallery, London, UK

2003                     Voyages d'Artistes - Algérie 2003 (Artists’ Travel – Algeria 2003), Espace EDF – Electra, Paris, France

Africa Informs, October Gallery, London, UK

Répliques (Retorts) (light installations curated by Philippe Mouillon), Tunnel des Facultés, Algiers, Algeria

Textiles about Kateb Yacine (Textiles autour de Kateb Yacine), Comédie-Française (scenography), Paris, France

2002                     A la nuit tombée (At Nightfall) (light installations curated by Philippe Mouillon), Quai de l'Isère, Grenoble, France

2001                     Unpacking Europe, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Authentic/Ex-centric, 49th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

The Short Century - Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994 (2001-2002), Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; PS1 Contemporary Art Centre and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

2000                     Fifth Season, Foundation Actua, Casablanca, Morocco

Belkahia – Koraïchi, Gallery El Manar, Casablanca, Morocco

Fashion Show, Algiers, Algeria

1999                     Contemporary Visions, Borj de Bab Marrakesh, Essaouira, Morocco

Kaftan 2000, Fashion Show, Casablanca, Morocco

Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s. Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, USA

Jardins Secrets III (Secret Gardens III), Factory of Œillets, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

1998                     Les peintres du signe (The Painters of the Sign), Festival of Humanity, La Courneuve, Paris, France; Chateâu de Draveil, Paris, France; Chateâu de Belval, Miramas, France; Fine Art Museum, Algiers, Algeria

Mediterranea, Art from around the world, Botanical Gardens, Brussels, Belgium

80 Artists from around the World, Galley Enrico Navarra, Paris, France

Méditation (Meditations), Madrassa Ibn Youssef, Marrakesh, Morocco

Pacaembú (light installations curated by Philippe Mouillon), São Paolo, Brazil

1997                     Modernities and Memories, Rockefeller Foundation, 47th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy; Bilgi University, Istanbul

Artists for Peace: R. Koraïchi, F. Belkahia. Exhibition Space Louis Feuillade, Lunel, France

Rhythm and Form, Visual Reflection on Arabic Poetry (1996-1997), touring to: Willamette University, Salem, Oregon; University of Arkansas; Fine Arts Centre Gallery; University of California; University of Berkley; Worth Ryder Gallery; Hallie Brown Ford Gallery; University of Oregon; Rice University, USA

6th Biennial of Havana, Havana, Cuba

Jardins Secrets II (Secret Gardens II), Charles Foix Hospital, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

1996                     Light Passage (Arcos da Lapa) (light installations curated by Philippe Mouillon), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Arabic Signs, Museum voor Volkenkunde, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Images of Africa Festival, Barbican Centre, London, UK and Odense, Denmark

L’Art contemporain (Contemporary Art), Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

5th International Biennial of Visual Poetry, Palace Legislativo, Mexico

Invitation à voyager (Invitation to Travel), R. Koraïchi with F. Belkahia, Festival of the South (Fiesta des Suds), Marseille, France

African Encounters (Rencontres Africaines) (1994-1996), Institut Français, Lisbon, Portugal, touring to France, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Morocco and South Africa

1995                     Signs, Traces & Calligraphy: Five Contemporary Artists from North Africa, Concourse Gallery, Barbican, London, UK; Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Six Flags of Tolerance, 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, New York, USA; UNESCO, Paris, France

11th International Print Triennial, Fredrikstad, Norway

Graphic Arts Biennial, Laureates exhibition, Warsaw, Poland

Exhibition at Gallery Frédéric Roulette, Paris, France

1994                     Painters from the Maghreb (1993-1994), CKC, Ghent, Belgium

1990                     6th INTERBEP '90, Tuzla, Yugoslavia

International Graphic Triennial, Frechen, Germany

Inter Graphic-90, Berlin, Germany

2nd Biennial Graphic Arts from the Mediterranean, Athens, Greece

Faire du chemin avec… Hommage à René Char (Going along with… Homage to René Char), Palais des Papes, Avignon, France

1989                     3rd International Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

9th Engraving Triennial, Fredrikstad, Norway

Exhibition at Gallery Szutski, Lodz, Poland

Exhibition at International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

1988                     2nd International Biennial de Palbia Alternativa, Mexico

Exhibition at Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary

Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan

Exhibition at Art Gallery Senac, Ribeiraô Preto, São Paolo, Brazil

Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art, Rijeka, Croatia

1987                     Exhibition at Lahti Art Museum, Lahti, Finland

1986                     Sign and Calligraphy, together with Jamil Hamoudi, Mohamed Bouthelidja and Hassan Massoudy, Musée National d'Art Africain et Océanien, Paris, France

Art for Humanity, Baghdad, Iraq (1st International Prize)

Exhibition for the 40th Anniversary of UNESCO, UNESCO, Paris, France

Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Comparaisons - L'Art Actuel (Comparisons – Art Today), Grand Palais, Paris, France

1985                     Exhibition at Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Exhibition at Yokosuka City Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan

1984                     Contemporary Arab Graphic Art, Arab Heritage Gallery, al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Inter Graphic-84, Berlin, Germany

Exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum, Washington D.C., USA

Exhibition at Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, USA

International Calligraphy, Walt Kuhn Gallery, Cape Neddick, Maine, USA

Homage to William Morris, Modern Art Museum, San Francisco, USA

1983                     King Khalid International Airport – several artworks in the Royal Pavilion, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Exhibition at Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Japan

Contemporary Arab Artists, Part III, Iraqi Cultural Centre, London, UK

1982                     6th Norwegian International Print Biennial, Fredrikstad, Norway

Exhibition at Gallery Bab Rouah, Rabat, Morocco

9th International Triennial of Original Coloured Graphic Prints, Grenchen, Switzerland

1981                     Exhibition at the Royal Pavilion, King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Exhibition at Gallery Sultan, Sabhan, Kuwait

Exhibition at Gallery Irtissem, Tunis, Tunisia

Exhibition at Art Gallery Yahia, Tunis, Tunisia

Peintres du monde arabe, L'Atelier Gallery, Festival d'Assilah, Morocco

1980                     Exhibition at National Gallery of Fine Art, Amman, Jordan

Exhibition at International Trade Centre, New York, USA

Contemporary Arab Art, Museum of Modern Art, Tunis, Tunisia

Exhibition at Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA

Tiles, Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, USA

1979                     De l'écriture arabe à la gravure (From Arab Writing to Etching), Atelier Musée d'Art Graphique d'Arcueil, France

1978                     Arab Painters, Exhibition Space Pierre Cardin, Paris, France

Exhibition at Bibliothèque Nationale Cabinet d’Estampes, Paris, France

Exhibition at Galerie Municipale de la Marsa, Tunis, Tunisia

1977                     Video - Post the Lebanese War, touring to Caracas, Venezuela; São Paolo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina

International Print Biennial, National Centre de la Gravure, Épinal, France

Exhibition at ARC/Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

Peinture murale, brigade d’intervention culturelle (a collective of painters from Arab countries), Université de Jussieu, Paris, France

1976                     37th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

L’Algérie des Enfants (Children’s Algeria), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo, Brazil

1975                     Exhibition at Studio Xavier de Lassale, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

Exhibition at Galerie d'Art d'Orly Sud, Paris, France

1974                     Exhibition at Abbey of Saint Germain des Prés, Paris, France

 

Awards

 

2013                     Prix Institut de France, Fondation Prince Louis de Polignac, Paris, France

2011     Jameel Prize 2011, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK