Recalling Op-Art and Minimalism, Rana Begum is known for body of work comprised of white folded steel sheets, which originate from studies in paper. The vivid colours that the artist applies on the back of the white folded works radiate onto the white wall, giving the impression that the work is floating in space. This series represents a calm and contemplative approach, yet Begum’s bold use of colour conveys the electric intensity of the city.

Begum’s post-minimal form vocabulary is not only influenced by Donald Judd and Agnes Martin, but also by colourful Islamic art and architecture. Effortlessly taking the vibrant collage of the urban environment and concentrating it through a process of refinement and filtration, Begum creates works, which are crystalline, simple, pure, and hard-edged. Her work is minimal in its formal language, imposing order and system by abstracting moments of accidental and visual wonder. The multi-perspective quality of Begum’s art invites the viewer to walk around, choosing where to pause in front of the work, instead of being a passive observer.

Her work has been exhibited at venues such as Bangkok University Gallery, Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke, Red Bull Music Academy in London, and Delfina Foundation in London.

Rana Begum. Photo: Ian Bartlett 2014
Rana Begum
Sylhet , 1977

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Interaction of Colour

Alan Cristea
07/09/2019 — 26/10/2019

Past Exhibitions

Rana Begum: Perception and Reflection

The Third Line
05/03/2019 — 09/05/2019

Solo Shows

Rana Begum, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

Space, Light, Colour, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK
A Conversation with Light and Form, Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK
Rana Begum, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne, Germany

Solo Project, Art Basel Hong Kong, Jhaveri Contemporary, Hong Kong, China
Solo Project, Art Dubai, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
The Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai, UAE
Light Space Colour, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK

The Space Between, Parasol Unit, London, UK

Rana Begum: Towards an Infinite Geometry, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

Rana Begum, Galeri Mana, Istanbul

Rana Begum: Manifold, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Rana Begum, Bischoff/Weiss, London

Group Shows

Group show, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Frieze Sculpture Park, London, UK
Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, U.S.A
RA Summer Show, London, UK
Actions, The image of the world can be different, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, UK
Ausbruch aus der Fläche – Das Origami-Prinzip in der Kunst, MARTA Herford, Herford

Fifteen, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
Metal: Women to Watch, curated Caroline Douglas, Philips, London, UK Occasional Geometries, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
Things that Soak You, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
31 Women, Bresslittle, London, UK
The Order of Things, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham, UK

Tribute to Sol LeWitt, Gemeente Museum, Den Haag, The Netherlands
11th Gwangju Biennale, Curated by Maria Lind, Korea
Cause the Grass Don’t Grow and the Sky Ain’t Blue, Praz Delavallade, Paris, France
Flatland/Narrative Abstractions, MRAC, Sérignan, France
New Visions, Curated by Maria Lind, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Into Boundless Space I Leap, Kettle’s Yard / Maxwell Centre, Cambridge, UK

Groupshow, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Double Take, Nature Morte, New Delhi, New Delhi
Summer Show, Leila Heller Gallery, New York City, NY
Triplicity + A Group Exhibition, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
Vienna Biennale 2015, Ideas for Change, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Drawing Biennial 2015, The Drawing Room, London
Working Spaces Around Memory And Perception, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
Groupshow, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Etheral, Leila Heller Gallery, New York City, NY
The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
Straddle the Line,The Art in Perpetuity Trust, London

Empty Lines, Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris
Group Show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Groupshow, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Sylhet Country of birth: Bangladesh Date of birth: 1977 Lives in: London
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