Ibrahim El-Salahi’s career spans over five decades and is marked by rigorous experimentation within a modernist vocabulary. While his work has shifted stylistically over time, his recurrent line drawings provide an overarching structural and emotive device. Considered one of the most significant figures in African and Arab Modernism, his work is deeply spiritual and reflective, while vigorously attuned to social and political injustice. In 2013, the first Tate Modern exhibition dedicated to African Modernism traced the life and work of El-Salahi, bringing together a hundred works from across his career.
His works are held in collections at the MoMA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate; the British Museum, London; Sharjah Art Foundation; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha and the National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. El-Salahi’s works are currently on exhibition in Three Crossings: El Salahi, Hammons, Brouwn at Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam.