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International: MENASART- a springboard for Saudi Arabian artists


Published on Monday, June 27th, 2011

The directors of MENASART Fair 2011 have confirmed their entries for this year and announced that 25 of the most established galleries in the Middle East, North African and South Asia regions will be exhibiting more than 2,000 contemporary artworks by some 200 artists from 28 countries.

Launched in 2010, the fair will take place from July 13th to the 16th in Lebanon, drawing the attention of auction houses and top players from the contemporary art world as it aims to be one of the most collaborative exhibits of the year.

MENASART fair director Laure d’Hauteville insists on the vital need for such an international event, as well as the strategic importance in light of the recent unrest in the area.

In the spotlight as the fair’s main guest of honor is a contemporary Saudi Arabian art exhibition, “NABATT - Sense of Being” which will explore relationships between varied cultures and a common sense of belonging to the world through the display of 12 artists from Saudi Arabia. The exhibition is curated by Princesses Reem Al-Faisal and Lulwah Al-Homoud.

This year’s MENASART taps into an immense source of creativity in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, through a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation, the event will aim to act as a springboard for emerging artists as well as give a boost to the art market in this region.


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