Monday 26th April 2021

MENART FAIR in Paris, May 27-30, 2021
Focus on North African art or the richness of diversity :
Western and Arab-Muslim, Mediterranean and African culture


Atef Maatallah (Tunisia), Le Rêveur des muses, 2019, graphite on fine paper on canvas 100 x 146,6 cm Courtesy of Elmarsa Gallery

North African art is marked by the openness to the various Euro-Mediterranean and Arab cultural influences that can be found in all forms of modern and contemporary art.
Its specificity is the cultural crossbreeding specific to North Africa and the Mediterranean basin which can be both a wealth and an obstacle. Through its history, North Africa within the Mediterranean has played a determining role in the history of humanity. A very rich heritage has spread in these countries thanks to the interbreeding of peoples, the mobility of traders and the formation of identities that have shaped this region.

Baya Mahieddine (Algeria), Les musiciennes, 1988, gouache and watercolor on paper, 73 x 98 cm
 Courtesy of Elmarsa Gallery

It is therefore difficult to find a dominant identity or to define a style specific to the artistic production of North Africa because many contradictions appear in these societies which assimilate the Western and Arab-Muslim, Mediterranean and African bi-culturality.
The mixing of populations in this region throughout its history, shows that the stylistic specificity of North African countries is the mixture of cultures with various influences, sometimes even within regions of the same country.

Hamza Bounoua (Algeria), Untitled, 2009, mixed media on paper 78 x 75 cm
Courtesy of Wadi Finan Art Gallery



Gouider Triki (Tunisie), Fantômes et miniatures grouillantes, 2018, acrylique sur toile, 130 x 97 cm, Courtesy of Elmarsa Gallery

Slimen El Kamel (Tunisie), Arc en ciel, 2020, acrylique sur toile, 125 x 200cm, Courtesy of Galerie La La Lande, ©Firas Ben Khlifa

North Africa is a mosaic made up of various cultural influences throughout its history. Modern art and European painting have strongly influenced its 20th century artists, particularly in the musical, pictorial, architectural and others fields.
We find there a common artistic heritage but also a questioning for a recognition to ensure its conservation and enhancement.



Hassan Hajjaj (Morocco), 3 Canal, 2014, tirage Lambda métallique sur Dibond, encadrement compris, 106 x 141 x 5 cm, édition de 5, Courtesy of Hassan Hajjaj and the 193 Gallery

Ghizlane Agzenaï (Morocco), Totem Alundra, 2021, peinture en aérosol sur bois, 100 x 88 cm, Courtesy of Ghizlane Agzenaï and the 193 Gallery

Practical information

Cornette de Saint Cyr - 6 avenue Hoche - 75008 Paris
Free access exclusively by online reservation.
Collectors & institutions preview
Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30, from 10 am to 12 pm (by invitation) with mediation for groups.
Public access
Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30, from 12 pm to 6 pm, with online reservation, by time slot.
Preview presse
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 is compulsory
- Availability of hydro-alcoholic gel throughout the fair
- Real-time monitoring of site saturation.

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