MENASART Fair 2011, Showcasing work from the MENASA region

MENASART Fair 2011, Showcasing work from the MENASA region

MENASART Fair 2011 is set to take place from 13 to 16 July in Beirut, Lebanon, with the inauguration taking place on 12 July. The fair was initially launched in 2010, attracting more than 3,500 visitors. Since then MENASART Fair has already gained the attention of auction houses and museums around the art capitals of the region and the world.

The fair was established by a team of art specialists, including Laure d’Hauteville, the organizer of multiple art fairs in the MENA region, including ArtParis AbuDhabi. Beirut was seen as an ideal setting for the fair, thanks to its role as a key crossing point between East and West, and the fact that recent years have seen a contemporary art scene take root and flourish in the city.

MENASART Fair presents a boutique-style exhibition with 25 galleries from the Middle East, North African and South Asia regions showcasing their artists to collectors, artists and art connoisseurs from around the world. It will host over 2,000 contemporary artworks in a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, photography, videos art and art installations represented by some 200 artists from 28 countries.

Art fair manager Laure d’Hauteville highlights the strategic importance of this event in light of the recent turmoil in the region, “Art has the power to create a multilingual dialogue for tolerance, openness and understanding, and we hope that MENASART Fair together with other such cultural events in the region will help create a movement that encourages people to experience art.”

“There is a vital need for an international event that recognizes the growing demand for art and crystallizes the current change of direction in contemporary art markets; moreover, recent auction sales have confirmed the vibrancy of the South Asian art market that generated record sales, especially for artists in Indonesia and the Philippines,” she added.

Building on the success of its first edition that attracted more than 3,500 visitors, MENASART Fair is set to break new ground this year with its line-up of featured events to run alongside the exhibition.

A contemporary Saudi Arabian art exhibition, NABATT - Sense of Being will explore the inherent characteristics of human life - the relationships between diverse cultures and a common belonging to the world. The exhibition will present the work of 12 artists from Saudi Arabia and is curated by Her Royal Highness Reem Al Faisal & Lulwah Al Homoud.

The Monumental Sculpture & Installation event will see artists including Abdulrahman Katanani, Samir Khaddaje, Mario Saba and Anita Toutikian transform common consumable objects into large-scale sculpture, demonstrating the creative potential of even the most mundane everyday materials.

The Video Box will act introduce audiences to the world of video art through a selection of over 13 MENASA films made by renowned artists from Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, China, Lebanon, India and Palestine.

There will also be a MENASART Kids Area by La Petite Académie, where children aged 4 to 16 years will learn, discover and experience the world of art and creation in an creative atmosphere. Lebanese writer Nadine Mokbel will hold a book signing at the kid’s corner for her most recent project “Lebanon’s Got Talent”.

Other highlights include Collectors’ Collections, featuring 12 Lebanese collectors presenting their favourite pieces from their personal collections, and the Book Store by Art Lounge, an area dedicated to a variety of art books, publications, magazines & newspapers.

In addition to the scheduled high-profile events, galas and VIP gatherings, the fair will also host conferences and round table discussions for dealers, collectors and curators to address issues such as developing contemporary art trends in South Asia and challenges facing emerging Middle Eastern artists.

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