The Middle East and North Africa now have their own international fair. Laure d’Hauteville, founder and director of the Beirut Art Fair, has just launched Menart Art Fair, with “MENA” as an acronym for these regions.
Nabil Nahas (b. 1949), Lebanon Twizzler, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 213.5 x 153 x 9 cm/84.05 x 60.23 x 3.54 in.
Courtesy of Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation
The first edition will take place from May 27 to 30 at the Cornette de Saint Cyr auction house, whose home is a mansion located at 6 avenue Hoche in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Twenty-two international galleries from Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Iran and France have confirmed their participation to date, and will take up the challenge of remedying the lack of visibility of artists from the region: an initiative, in the words of Laure d'Hauteville, "at the crossroads of Eastern and Western codes". The free fair, which requires online registration for timed tickets, is curated by Joanna Chevalier, who is keen to highlight artists from Yemen and Syria in particular for this first edition.