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Beirut Art Fair

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25 of the best galleries from MENA & SA Booked for MENASART Fair 2011
  25 of the best galleries from MENA & SA Booked for MENASART Fair 2011

The selection committee of the MENASART Fair finalized its entries for this year and announced than 25 of the most established galleries in the Middle East, North African and South Asia regions will be showcasing more than 2,000 contemporary artworks in a variety of medium including paintings, sculptures, photography, videos art and art installations represented by some 200 artists from 28 countries.

MENASART FAIR - set to take place from July 13 to 16 in Lebanon (inauguration on the 12)- was initially launched in 2010 and has already gained the attention of auction houses and museums around the art capitals of the region and the world making it one of the must be in collaborative art exhibits of the year.

The boutique style exclusive exhibition is becoming an essential meeting point where collectors, artists and art connoisseurs from around the world will discover one of the largest and most diverse collections of artworks from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Art fair manager Laure d'Hauteville confirmed that strict selection measures were applied to ensure the most well reputed galleries were entered into the event and affirmed: "It is time to demonstrate the exceptional quality and standards of the region's art scene, and we are confident that the galleries taking part in this year's fair, which will include Egypt, Syria and Tunisia for the first time, are going to exhibit one of the most artistic collections in the area."

D'Hauteville also highlighted 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 very characteristics of human life, the relationships between diverse cultures and a common belonging to the world, by presenting exceptional creations of 12 artists from Saudi Arabia. The exhibition is curated by Her Royal Highness Reem Al Faisal & Lulwah Al Homoud.

Collectors' Collections will feature 12 Lebanese collectors presenting the favorite artistic creations from their own collections.

The Monumental Sculpture & Installation event, will feature common consumable objects transformed into works of art by artists such as Abdulrahman Katanani, Samir Khaddaje, Mario Saba and Anita Toutikian who will utilize these powerful symbols to bring their imagination to life.

The Video Box will act as an induction into the world of the motion pictures through a selection of more than 14 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 aesthetic atmosphere in partnership with Dada Magazine & Air France who will distributed some awards during the fair. Lebanese writer Nadine Mokbel hold a book signing at the kid's corner for her most recent project "Lebanon's Got Talent".

The Book Store by Art Lounge is an entire 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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