Iraq’s Modernist Monument to the 14 July Revolution

On 14 July 1958 a secret military group of Arab nationalists, known as the Free Officers, staged a coup d’état in Iraq. The revolution aimed to eliminate the Hashemith monarchy and the last vestiges of British colonial rule in the country. During the coup 23-year-old King Faisal II and his family were assassinated, removing a key ally in the West’s attempts to combat Soviet influence … Continue reading Iraq’s Modernist Monument to the 14 July Revolution

The Baghdad Group for Modern Art

On 5 January 1957 the ‘Eisenhower Doctrine’ was established in a speech delivered by the American President. In response to the Suez Crisis in Egypt the previous year, the United States codified its commitment to providing financial and military aid to countries in the Middle East, to support their fight against the spread of Soviet communism. And where politics went, art followed. Yet while modern … Continue reading The Baghdad Group for Modern Art