Thursday, May 5, 2022
MENART FAIR in Paris, May 19-22, 2022
Arabo-Persian Gulf:  An artistic scene in full bloom
Art development in Gulf countries is extremely fast, renowned for its speed of execution when the objective is formulated by a state. No other region in the world can say the same: the place has established itself globally in less than 10 years. All the artists from the Levant, the Middle East and Iran have flocked to Dubai in search of international collectors and many have made their mark

Ghasem Hajizadeh, Separation, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 200x200 cm  © Amenor Contemporary

Hanadi Al Darwish, Untitled, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 120 cm Dia.  © Eiwan al Gassar Gallery
The resulting boiling in Gulf countries excites the regional market and contributes to the formulation of a strategic vision by the major regional and then, international players. These first invest heavily, before supply and demand adjust the value of the exchanges. The conditions are ripe for a real marketplace: there are artists and collectors, galleries and auction houses, museums and fairs. All the conditions are met: the primary and secondary markets have a living perimeter, naturally fluctuating but real.
The stakes are so high for the actors and the countries concerned - U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain... - that the regional investments committed or programmed amount to tens of billions!

Yousef Jaha, Untitled, 2021, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 65 cm,
© Mono Gallery

Faisal Samra, mural installation, Untitled, 2021, charcoal and oil on paper, Polyptych of 09, (64x46cm each – with frame) total size of installation, 192x138cm,  © Gallery 4 WALLS
This reorganization of the chessboard benefits artists from the whole region, but it is clear that a powerful regional showdown has begun, supported by a vision favorable to modern and contemporary art, to position its center of gravity in a sustainable manner. In Saudi Arabia, the bearer of the largest museum project in history! In this region, local contemporary art tends to occupy a preponderant place (photo, video, digital, installations), while modern art is all the more precious and sought after as it is rare.
At MENART FAIR, 3 artists from Qatar will be represented by Eiwan Al Gassar (Qatar), 2 from Saudi Arabia, by the galleries 4 WALLS (Jordan) and Mono Gallery (Riyadh). One Emirati artist will be also showed at Mono Gallery (Riyadh).

Abdulqader Al Rais, Untitled, 2021, Watercolor on paper, 23 x 33 cm
© Mono Gallery

Shahpour Pouyan, Untitled, 2017, glazed stoneware ceramic, 51x26cm
© Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Moje Assefjah (Iran), In Siena, 2018, Egg Tempera on Canvas, 180x140 cm
@ Galerie Tanit
In Iran, collecting art has always been a favorite activity of the Iranian elite 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.
At MENART FAIR, 9 artists from Iran will be exhibited, 5 of which will be at Amenor Contemporary (Norway), 2 at Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, Brussels), 1 at Galerie Tanit (Munich, Beirut) and 4 at the NFT from ME.NA booth.

Hana Shahnavaz (Iran), A meadow For Shabdiz (triptych), NFT Animation (with audio)

Jalal Sepehr (Iran), Untitled, 2004,
Water & Persian Rugs Series, Digital photography

Practical information

Venue: Cornette de Saint Cyr, 6 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris
Dates: from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 May 2022, from 12pm to 7pm
Press preview: Wednesday May 18, 2022, from 4pm to 6pm
Institutions opening: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 6pm to 10pm (by invitation only)


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