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PARIS: After the success of its first edition, last May, in Paris, the Menart exhibition returned to the Parisian scene from May 19-22 in the Palais de la Courette de Saint-Cyr, located in the 17th arrondissement of the French capital. Eighteen international exhibitions will present ninety-eight artists and two hundred and fifty works from the Arab world. An opportunity to highlight the fertility, diversity and richness of the artistic and production scene in the Middle East.

The day before the exhibition was launched, Arab news in French She met Joanna Chevalier, the dynamic artistic director of Minart Fair, who has a rich experience in the Arab cultural and art scene. She talks about the challenges of this event and brings back to us the highlights of a cultural adventure dedicated exclusively to the art of the Arab world. This gallery has great visibility among art galleries and artists from this part of the world. “No other event in France focuses on art from the Middle East and North Africa; in addition, it attracts many collectors, curators and museums who are showing an interest in this landscape,” says Joanna Chevalier.

“This is amazing fair answers to me Several goals: Satisfy your enthusiasm Middle Eastern and North African art collectors, To allow Western galleries to create new portals artists and to provide creators from the Arab world with a unique opportunity To form relationships with international experts, ”emphasizes the expert. She “It is essential that the exhibition galleries reflect the creative diversity of the region that determines the choices,” he adds.

The galleries are selected in two stages. “There are galleries that automatically come to survey the exhibition, and for our part, we are responsible for determining whether they are compatible with this edition or not,” explains Artistic Director of Minart Fair. “And there are galleries that we’ll be walking around in because they’re younger. They don’t dare, they don’t really know us. The vases communicate,” she identifies.

Each gallery organizes its own exhibition, but they are all collected for the sake of the exhibition. “Of course, galleries choose their artists, but it happens that some of them do not know the market very well, and in this context I can intervene. I am in no way intrusive, but I give them advice so that they can offer artists who can attract the market, collectors, curators, institutions , etc.,” says the expert.

Indeed, artistic tastes may not be the same on either side of the Mediterranean. When you come from a country in the Middle East, the sensitivities are not necessarily the same as those in Europe. So it’s important that we play that advisory role,” explains Joanna, who remembers that some artists are already established – and many are well-known around the world – while others are not.

Thus “the Algerian artist presented Baya in Gallery Marsa during the previous session; She took advantage of a combination of circumstances, as she also found herself exposed to Fiac,” continues the expert. “We finally discovered this artist from the 1950s, who is today very popular.” There are also “less known, but absolutely stunning young designers, such as Anis Al-Braih, a young Syrian woman whose work is supported by the Saleh Barakat Gallery. In addition, the Days Gallery is back this year and presents interesting artists.”

Gulf countries are not excluded, since the exhibition Ewan Al-Jassar Qatar, and Mono Gallery, in Saudi Arabia, will be present. “three Ewan Al-Jassar will represent artists from Qatar and two creative people from Saudi Arabia at 4 Walls Galleries. [en Jordanie] And Mono Gallery [à Riyad]. An Emirati artist will also be shown at Mono Gallery,” says Joanna Chevalier. The latter confirms this Technical development in the Gulf countries is very fast. When the goal is formulated by a State, the speed of execution of artists is known.

As we can see, cultural and artistic production is increasing in the Arab world. From the Gulf to North Africa, “It is a region that is politically intense, because of the various tensions, etc. Artists, even when it comes to abstraction, it is amazing that they talk about society and politics… It is clear that they do so in a metaphorical or poetic way. There are no cruel acts or violent, but many have great suggestive power.

The exhibition opens to modernity: provides a space that explores the world of NFTs (“non-replaceable tokens”, known in French by the acronym “JNF”, editor’s note) and is intended for Artists from the Middle East and North Africa region. Brian Beccafico, director of this space and art expert at NFT, offers an immersive experience thanks to a dynamic and interdisciplinary scenography, in partnership with L’Atelier des Artes en exil.

The Minart Gallery allows curators, museum directors, curators, institutions and enthusiasts to encounter this dynamic and interactive landscape. The latter develops in a contradictory and complex geopolitical context, which they do not necessarily know. It can allow artists from the region to take advantage of housing outside their countries of origin, participate in exhibitions and integrate collections and museums,” concludes Artistic Director Minart Ver.

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