Menart Fair - 27 au 30 Mai 2021
# 1
Monday, March 29, 2021
FROM THURSDAY, May 27 TO SUNDAY, May 30 2021
After ten years of success of Beirut Art Fair in Lebanon, Laure d’Hauteville joins Paul de Rosen and launches MENART FAIR, curated by Joanna Chevalier.
MENART FAIR is the first international modern and contemporary art fair in Europe, dedicated to artists from the Middle East & North Africa, selected by must-see galleries.
For this first edition, some twenty international galleries are gathered for four days in the private mansion of the Cornette de Saint Cyr auction house, in Paris 8th district.
« Relatively little known to audiences, the contemporary artistic mosaic of MENA is still young. Several «moderns» have asserted themselves there, now internationally recognized, and the young generation of contemporary artists is among the most numerous on the international art scene. This new generation is unparalleled in its richness and diversity, its fertile ebullition, its languages which converge or contradict each other, forming an unexpected mirror of the world ! At the crossroads of Eastern and Western codes, a singular creative syntax is taking shape before our eyes, conveyed in a potentially global way : it’s a generational fact, amplified by this technological groundswell that now connects all points of the planet in the moment »
Laure d’Hauteville, founder & director of the fair
Joanna Chevalier, Laure d'Hauteville
Joanna Chevalier, Laure d'Hauteville
©️ Irene de Rosen

This new art fair with a confidential format offers an initiatory journey through a demanding selection of more than sixty modern and contemporary artists, most of whom are recognized in their respective countries. 

The Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, the Levant and the Middle East are represented here by MENART FAIR, with artists from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. 

Placed under the same latitudes, these countries look at the world with a view that evokes an identity: it is the same sun that nourishes a common sensibility, bathed in shadows and lights, enveloped in cold and heat, ablaze with colors and nuances. 

Unprecedented in the West, this first fair (face-to-face & on-line) exhibits artistic scenes that are sometimes unknown to European collectors and amateurs. It creates a dialogue between the different cultures of these regions, which are as rich as they are distinct from one another 

Through the selection of participating galleries, MENART FAIR highlights the fertility, uniqueness and originality of the artistic scenes of MENA, today supported by a number of renowned museums and institutions.

The Routes of Art are called upon to lead us to these transversal and little-known lands...

Between the Mediterranean Basin and the Tropic of Cancer, between the East and the West, this neo-continent is positioned in a unique way in the world. From north to south and from east to west, it has always been a gateway for people and the different cultures that abound there.

Thus, this vast region, both geographically and historically, has benefited from an experience conducive to artistic creation and thought.


Hoda Kashiba

Mohamed Hamidi, Sans titre, 2020, peinture cellulosique sur toile, 200 x 150 cm (Copyright Fouad Maazouz, Courtesy La Galerie 38, Casablanca)

Hoda Kashiha, Rabbiting in the Hunting Ground, 2019, Acrylic, acrylic gel and sand on canvas,180 x 150 x 4 cm, (Photo credit: We Document Art - Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels).


Abdul Rahman Katanani, 2019, The Shadow, Corrugated steel, 205 x 223 cm, (Courtesy of the artist and Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beyrouth)

Practical information

Cornette de Saint Cyr - 6 avenue Hoche - 75008 Paris
Free access exclusively by online reservation.
Public access
Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30, from 12 pm to 6 pm, with online reservation, by time slot.
Collectors & institutions preview
Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30, from 10 am to 12 pm (by invitation) with mediation for groups.
Press preview
Thursday, May 27, from 10 am to 12 pm

Sanitary measures implemented by MENART FAIR

In collaboration with Cornette de Saint Cyr and in accordance with current French regulations, strict sanitary
measures are put in place to guarantee the health and safety of all visitors :
- Hands-free ticketing.
- One-way circuit in the fair.
- Wearing masks compulsory.
- Availability of hydro-alcoholic gel throughout the fair.
- Real-time monitoring of site saturation.

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