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#4 Thursday 29th April 2021
MENART FAIR in Paris, May 27-30, 2021
Focus on the art of the Middle East: The extraordinary fertility of this turbulent land
Ayman Baalbaki (Lebanon), Les silos de Beyrouth, acrylic on canvas, 2021, 140 x 180 cm Courtesy of Saleh Barakat Gallery and the artist
 
The art of the Near East and the Levant benefits from Euro-Mediterranean and Arab-Eastern influences at the center of which it is situated. This region has always been at the heart of exchanges between East and West, as well as a necessary crossing obligatory point in the Eurasia-Africa axis. This is to say the incomparable influences that have shaped this region in the most unique way.
 
Hussein Madi, (Lebanon), Untiltled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 75 cm, Courtesy of Mark Hachem Gallery Ali Kandil & Atelier Relief (Lebanon), Shams, 2021, iprinted on Diasec, brushed aluminium, solid laminate, 120 x 120 x 12 cm, edition of 5, Courtesy of Atelier Relief Serge Najjar (Lebanon), Blue Escape, 50 x 50 cm, 2013, Courtesy of Galerie Bessières
 
A true cultural hub for a part of humanity, the Middle East constitutes an extremely fertile artistic, commercial, religious and political breeding ground, unparalleled in the world. The modern and contemporary creations of the region, in all their forms, express this originality.
 
Nada Debs (Lebanon), Crafted Pebble Seat, velvet upholstery and solid french oak back wraped in parquetry strips, 65,2 x 58 x 72 cm, Courtesy of Studio Nada Debs Michelle Maluf (Lebanon), Carnival, 2019, leather, wire and cotton 200 x 250 cm Courtesy of Galerie Cheriff Tabet Annie Kurkdjian (Lebanon), Untitled, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80cm Courtesy of Wadi Finan Art Gallery
 
There is no Middle Eastern artistic identity as such, except to consider that these multi-millennial lands have been marked, in a nuanced way, by the same pages of history: the deepest imprint is those of the nomadic and sedentary peoples who live there, at home since time immemorial. But this region of all challenges – religious, political, social, military, energy – has also known the endless yoke of invaders from all sides, shifting border lines, tribal, community and international conflicts… contrasting creations, very different from those that can be found in North Africa or in the Gulf.
 
Dinah Diwan (Lebanon), Wandering City #6, 2018, mixed medias, 140 x 70 cm, Courtesy of Esther Woerdehoff
Simone Fattal, (Syria), oil on canvas, 171 x 121 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Tanit
 
Etel Adnan (Lebanon), Lumière Blanche, 2016, wool, 162 x 243 cm, Ed. 3 Courtesy of GALLERIA CONTINUA
 
The Middle East is a kaleidoscope of art, without borders: depending on your heart, depending on the period and the light, you will see the sweetness of life or violence, nuance or saturation, peace or light, instability languor or movement, vernacular aesthetics or global aspirations. At the crossroads of time and space, it is a mirror of our world.
 
Michel Platnic (Israel), Genesis 11, 2017, Photograph, printed on paper, 30 x 108 cm, Ed.3 + 2 AP Courtesy of By Lara Sedbon x Durazzo Projects
 
Practical informations
Cornette de Saint Cyr – 6 avenue Hoche – 75008 Paris Free access exclusively by online reservation. The online ticketing will be available from May 3, 2021 on our website by following this link: https://menart-fair.com/venuehours/
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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