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MenasART FAIR – luglio 2011


13 – 16 luglio 2011, Beirut, Libano

Ancora una volta in primo piano la scena artistica dell’area MENASA (acronimo che sta per: Middle East, North Africa and South Asia/ Medio Oriente, Nord Africa e Sud Asia) con una fiera che si aggiunge ad Art DubaiAbu Dhabi Art e alla neonata Marrakech Art Fair. Stiamo parlando di MenasARTFAIR, fiera d’arte contemporanea del Libano dal 13 al 16 luglio a Beirut che presenta una selezione di 24 gallerie provenienti dall’area Menasa e tre dall’Europa, ospitate nel Biel – Beirut International Exhibition Leisure Center.

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Agial Art Gallery – Beirut, Lebanon
Ayyam Gallery – Beirut, Lebanon –Damascus, Syria – Dubai, UAE (Emirati Arabi Uniti)
Galerie Emmagoss – Beirut, Lebanon
Galerie épreuve d’artiste – Beirut, Lebanon
Mark Hachem Gallery – Beirut, Lebanon
Espace Kettaneh Kunigk (TANIT) – Beirut, Lebanon
Raja Nehme Sertin Art Gallery – Lebanon
Galerie Janine Rubeiz – Beirut, Lebanon

ATHR Gallery – Jeddah, KSA (Arabia Saudita)
LAM Art Gallery – Riyadh, KSA (Arabia Saudita)
AlMohtaraf – Jeddah, KSA (Arabia Saudita)

Dar Al Funoon – Kuwait City – Kuwait
The FA Gallery – Kuwait City – Kuwait

Art Sawa – Dubai, UAE (Emirati Arabi Uniti)
The Empty Quarter gallery – Dubai, UAE (Emirati Arabi Uniti)
Hunar Gallery – Dubai, UAE (Emirati Arabi Uniti)

Galerie Le Violon Bleu – Tunis, Tunisia

WARD Culture & Art Center – Cairo, Egypt

Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Singapore

Kozah Art Gallery – Damascus, Syria
Rafia Gallery – Damascus, Syria


Galerie Christiane Peugeot – Paris – France
Janet Rady Fine Art – London, UK
Rossi + Rossi – London, UK


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The selection committee of the MENASART Fair finalized its entries for this year and announced than 24 of the most established galleries in the Middle East, North African and South Asia regions will be showcasing more than 2,000 contemporary artworks in a variety of medium including paintings, sculptures, photography, videos art and art installations represented by some 200 artists from 28 countries.

MENASART FAIR – set to take place from July 13 to 16 in Lebanon (inauguration on the 12)- was initially launched in 2010 and has already gained the attention of auction houses and museums around the art capitals of the region and the world making it one of the must be in collaborative art exhibits of the year.

The boutique style exclusive exhibition is becoming an essential meeting point where collectors, artists and art connoisseurs from around the world will discover one of the largest and most diverse collections of artworks from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Art fair manager Laure d’Hauteville confirmed that strict selection measures were applied to ensure the most well reputed galleries were entered into the event and affirmed: “It is time to demonstrate the exceptional quality and standards of the region’s art scene, and we are confident that the galleries taking part in this year’s fair, which will include Egypt, Syria and Tunisia for the first time, are going to exhibit one of the most artistic collections in the area.”

D’Hauteville also highlighted the strategic importance of this event in light of the recent turmoil in the region, “Art has the power to create a multilingual dialogue for tolerance, openness and understanding, and we hope that MENASART Fair together with other such cultural events in the region will help create a movement that encourages people to experience art.”

“There is a vital need for an international event that recognizes the growing demand for art and crystallizes the current change of direction in contemporary art markets; moreover, recent auction sales have confirmed the vibrancy of the South Asian art market that generated record sales, especially for artists in Indonesia and the Philippines,” she added.

Building on the success of its first edition that attracted more than 3,500 visitors, MENASART Fair is set to break new ground this year with its line-up of featured events to run alongside the exhibition.

A contemporary Saudi Arabian art exhibition, NABATT – Sense of Being will explore the very characteristics of human life, the relationships between diverse cultures and a common belonging to the world, by presenting exceptional creations of 12 artists from Saudi Arabia. The exhibition is curated by Her Royal Highness Reem Al Faisal & Lulwah Al Homoud.

Collectors’ Collections will feature 12 Lebanese collectors presenting the favorite artistic creations from their own collections.

The Monumental Sculpture & Installation event, will feature common consumable objects transformed into works of art by artists such as Abdulrahman Katanani, Samir Khaddaje, Mario Saba and Anita Toutikian who will utilize these powerful symbols to bring their imagination to life.

The Video Box will act as an induction into the world of the motion pictures through a selection of more than 14 MENASA films made by renowned artists from Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, China, Lebanon, India and Palestine.

There will also be a MENASART Kids Area by La Petite Académie, where children aged 4 to 16 years will learn, discover and experience the world of art and creation in an aesthetic atmosphere in partnership with Dada Magazine & Air France who will distributed some awards during the fair. Lebanese writer Nadine Mokbel hold a book signing at the kid’s corner for her most recent project “Lebanon’s Got Talent”.

The Book Store by Art Lounge is an entire area dedicated to a variety of art books, publications, magazines & newspapers.

In addition to the scheduled high-profile events, galas and VIP gatherings, the fair will also host conferences and round table discussions for dealers, collectors and curators to address issues such as developing contemporary art trends in South Asia and challenges facing emerging Middle Eastern artists.


Great Collectors in Lebanon
Lebanese art collectors will publicly display favourite pieces from their own collections for the first time.

MENASART kids by La Petite Académie

A corner dedicated to children: a place to learn about and play with art, in partnership with Dada Magazine.

Contemporary Saudi Arabian Art
NABATT: “A Sense of Being”, is an exhibition of contemporary art from Saudi Arabia curated by Cube Arts (Reem AlFaisal & Lulwah Al-Homoud).

Monumental Sculpture & Installation
Lebanese artists working with junk.

Video Box
The Video Box will provide introduction into the world of this medium through a selection of twelve ME.NA.SA films.

Art Book Store by Art Lounge

A corner dedicated to a variety of art books, publications, magazines & newspapers.

VIP lounge by Art Lounge
The club welcomes VIPs in a relaxing lounge and offers special services such as concierge services, food & beverages, and information about the country, tourism, festivals, etc…



Tuesday July 12: VIP Party at the Bar ThreeSixty (360°)  at Hotel Le GRAY, beginning at 11.00 pm.  (VIP card is requested.)

Wednesday July 13: VIP Gala Dinner, with art investors, collectors and galleries owners  at 9.30 pm. (Upon invitation only)

Thursday July 14:

– Private tour of the Paul Guiragossian’s Museum followed by brunch,  11am -2.30pm. (VIP card is requested.)
– VIP Party at Art Lounge at 10:30 p.m. (VIP card is requested.)

Thursday July 15: Private Auction at Ayyam Gallery followed by a “Summer Cocktail Party”, at 6.30 pm. (VIP card is requested.)

everyday July 13, 14, 15 & 16:
 noon – 2.00 pm, visit the Beirut art galleries, museum, BAC (Beirut Art Centre), BEC (Beirut Exhibition Centre).

Rania Matar, Brianna 17, Winchester MA, 2009, stampa giclée – a getto d’inchiostro,
35 x 53cm edition 1 sur 15 Courtesy Galerie Janine Rubeiz,  Beirut, Lebanon

*Tagreed Darghouth, ‘Rosette’, 2011, 150 x 150 cm, courtesy Agial Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

informazioni utili:

Beirut, Libano

Biel – Beirut International Exhibition Leisure Center

Down Town Beirut
13 – 16 luglio 2011

Private Preview: Tuesday July 12: 6pm – 10pm, Opening and first look for VIP guests.

Open to the Public:
Wednesday July 13: 3pm – 9pm     Friday July 15: noon – 6pm
Thursday July 14:  3pm – 9pm           Saturday July 16: noon – 6pm

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