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BEIRUT ART FAIR 2013 REPORTS 14% GROWTH FOR THE 2013 EDITION

Posted on 04 September 2013 by Alice

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About 50 galleries from Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region (ME.NA.SA) booked for the 4th edition of the fair.

BEIRUT ART FAIR has imposed itself on the regional and international artistic scenes for the 4th year, witnessing 14 per cent growth compared to the last year edition. The selection committee of the fair finalized its entries for this year and announced that 50 of the most established galleries will be showcasing more than 2000 contemporary artworks represented by some 200 artists from 30 nationalities represented by galleries from 15 countries.

Beirut Art Fair

Under the patronage of His Excellency General Michel SLEIMAN, President of the Republic of Lebanon and the impetus of fair manager Laure d’Hauteville artistic director Pascal Odille and Jean-Marc Decrop, the fair will be take place from September 19 to 22 at Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL).

Commenting, Laure d’Hauteville, fair manager, BEIRUT ART FAIR – who created Beirut’s first contemporary art fair, ArtSud in 1998, and organized the two Art Paris-Abu Dhabi fairs in 2007 and 2008, said: “We are very pleased with our continued strong growth momentum for the 2013 edition, as in previous years. BEIRUT ART FAIR has enlightened collectors’ appetite to all art forms and the sales during the last three editions speak for itself. On a larger scale, artists from the diversified region have found in BEIRUT ART FAIR an important platform to express themselves beyond the usual ideological barriers, which helped enhance their visibility.”

 

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The fair was initially launched in 2010 and has already gained the attention of auction houses, cultural bodies, art professionals 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.

10 European galleries from Belgium, France and Portugal and 29 Middle Eastern galleries from Lebanon, UAE, Syria and Saudi Arabia have signed up for exhibition space. One single gallery hails from South America: Laura Arce Art Gallery, established in Venezuela. As for the United States, they are represented by the Chicago-based gallery Jennifer Norback Fine Art.

D’Hauteville confirmed that the selection criteria follow the most distinct standards in terms of uniqueness and proficiency to ensure the most well reputed galleries were entered into the event. “Renowned or undiscovered artist, rising or established stars of the art market, the exhibited artworks stand distinguished for its depth, diversity and quality,” she said.

The highlight of this year is the participation of Southeast Asian art galleries for the first time. For the first time in the Middle East, the curator Richard Koh has gathered 21 artists through 9 world famous galleries coming from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines & Thailand. « COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE» aims at introducing the various artistic practices presenting a variety of artwork ranging from video to photography, painting to sculpture.

“Our departure point was the noted interest of the Arab World towards this region, and vice-versa, through museum exhibitions, artists exhibited in galleries, etc…” explains Laure d’Hauteville.

According to the Art Price Annual Report, Asia accounted for 43% of Contemporary art auction revenue versus just under 30% for Europe and 26% for the United States. “The Southeast Asian contemporary art industry is burgeoning and compelling – an attraction in itself. The pavilion will showcase the best of the industry and will give potential buyers a comprehensive insight into the market.”

A DIVERSE CULTURAL PROGRAM

Since its conception in 2010, BEIRUT ART FAIR is keen on building a ‘hybrid’ fair that is commercial yet also features a quality cultural program; open to the changes of the international art market and the various aspects of Lebanese culture.

BEIRUT ART WEEK will, for the first time, descend on the Lebanese capital from the 18th till the 24th of September 2013. The featured route gathers some twenty projects combining installations, sculptures and interactive performances that will take shape across Beirut landmarks such as the city-center souks, Zaitounay Bay, Saifi Village and Harbour Square.

Among the artists invited to take part, Mona Hatoum, Xavier Veilhan, Matthew Monahan, Marc Quinn et Philippe Pasqua, to name a few.

GENERATION WAR, sponsored by the journalist Marine Jacquemin and curated by Katya Traboulsi, will feature works of six Lebanese

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photojournalists born in the 1960s; George Azar, Patrick Baz, Aline Manoukian, Samer Mohdad, Jack Dabaghian and Roger Moukarzel, all of whom have now become internationally renowned photographers.

The exhibition comprises of a collection of photos captured in the 1980s, in wartime Lebanon. At the time, these 6 photographers were around 20 years old. They immortalized every day moments and their photos have been published worldwide in the international press: ParisMatch, The New York Times, The Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, Al Jazeera International, Agence VU, AFP, Reuters…

Lebanese photography will also be honored with the delivery of the second BYBLOS BANK AWARD trophy.

This year, the fair continues to expand its sphere of activity by encompassing contemporary design. A platform will be dedicated to 10 young contemporary designers, with the participation of Jérôme Sans who select 4 of them. This initiative saw the light of day with the intervention of BLC Bank, which supports the young Lebanese designers still little known in the art stage, promote their work and develop their value.

This design hub invites art collectors, lovers and professionals to discover the ambitions of an ever-changing young artistic scene.

Performance by Jean- Marc Nahas & Fabien Verschaere – A meeting between two artists, the Lebanese Jean Marc Nahas & the French Fabien Verschaere, comes to life in the form of a monumental 7 meters long wall. It drapes the live artistic performance between the two, and will help them create a four handed work of art.

A selection of Art Books will be presented during the fair together with a reading area to enjoy the books.

All the events are complemented by a program of round tables and conferences on themes such as photojournalism and its fate, with the “Generation War” exhibit as a backdrop, and the exposure of South-East Asian artists on the international scene.

 


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