Wednesday 12th May 2021
MENART FAIR in Paris, May 27-30, 2021

Focus on Iran:
The fertility of the endless Persian dream


Chervine (Iran), New York, 2021, pigment print photograph, 60 x 80 cm, Courtesy of Esther Woerdehoff Gallery

The sudden emergence of a regional contemporary art market on the other side of the Persian Gulf, following the establishment of auction houses, naturally immediately affected the Iranian art scene, in a positive way. However, unlike the Arab countries, and as far back in time as we go, art has always been a part of Persian DNA, much to the chagrin of those actors involved in the revolution.



Hamid Ajami (Iran), acrylic on canvas, 150x150 cm, 1387 (1 of 2), Courtesy of Shirin Art Gallery

Hamid Ajami (Iran), 2008, acrylic on canvas, 150x150 cm, Courtesy of Shirin Art Gallery

Collecting art has always been a favorite activity of the Iranian elite following the use of the shah's court, since the 19th century and many Western collectors invested in regional art in the early 20th century. The first exhibition of Middle Eastern art was held in Tehran in 1975!
The art market has existed in Iran for a long time. The place is renowned for its liveliness and quality, to the point that production continues to develop strongly there.


Soraya Sharghi (Iran), Anomoly, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 157 cm, Courtesy of Leila Heller Gallery

The embargo, compartmentalization and sanctions against revolutionary Iran are the main obstacle to the notoriety and international development of this rich and peaceful artistic scene. Despite the harshness of the regime, Iran’s art production and market are growing steadily. The city of Tehran alone has more than 200 galleries (most of which have opened in the last ten years), with more than 100 vernissages and events every month.
In Iran, art flows endlessly.



Shahpour Pouyan (Iran), Untitled (Bangladesh), 2017, glazed stoneware ceramic, 35 x 18 x 17cm, Courtesy of the artist and  Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels, ©Bertrand Huet / tutti image

Hanieh Delecroix Tabatabaei (Iran), Amour, 2016, acrylic on paper,
187 x 98 cm, Courtesy of the artist


Katayoun Rouhi (Iran), Casa sui, 2020, Oil on canvas, 40 x 120, Courtesy of Shirin Art Gallery

Practical informations

Cornette de Saint Cyr - 6 avenue Hoche - 75008 Paris  Tel : +33 1 47 27 11 24

Free access exclusively by online reservation here :

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.

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Artsy, the leading global marketplace for discovering and collecting art online starting from 27th of May 2021.


Sanitary measures implemented by Cornette de Saint Cyr & MENART FAIR

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
- Real-time monitoring of site saturation.

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