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02 Oct 2014

Exciting results for BEIRUT ART FAIR 2014

Exciting results for BEIRUT ART FAIR 2014


47 galleries from 14 countries 20,000 visitors, 300 artists, 1000 art works

Laure d'Hauteville

Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL)

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47 galleries from 14 countries welcomed 20,000 visitors (8,000 on its opening night) who came to celebrate the vitality of the 5th edition of BEIRUT ART FAIR. Among the participating exhibitors and artists, the following countries were represented: Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, China, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Spain, United States, France, Iraq, Lebanon, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Syria, and Thailand.

Under the patronage of Lama Tammam Salam, BEIRUT ART FAIR's inauguration was held on September 18 in the presence of officials and representatives of the diplomatic and business world.

According to Lama Tammam Salam, 'BEIRUT ART FAIR has surpassed its original purpose, contributing to Lebanon's influence as a whole. The fair, based on the quality of the art work exposed, the participating galleries, and the artists, represents and embodies the dialogue between different cultures with and within the Arab world.'

Art lovers came from all corners, including those living in Beirut, collectors, artists from the Arab world and Asia, international auction houses representatives, decorators, and fashion designers. Even show business personalities explored BEIRUT ART FAIR's aisles.

Among the visitors, one could notice not only collectors from Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, but also from the Lebanese Diaspora, who returned to their homeland to support the fair.

Laure d'Hauteville, the fair's founder and director, comments about its success: Lebanon represents the country of Culture. Despite its delicate geopolitical context, Lebanese people are still interested in all forms of art and are curious about international cultural developments. With BEIRUT ART FAIR, we show that collectors are very active in Lebanon and we are happy to notice that culture has become powerful economic leverage. The Lebanese artists, and also those of the ME.NA.SA region, are becoming part of the leading international collections, both public and private. 

Galleries reported strong sales during the fair which closed on Sunday, September 21. This success firmly establishes this event, now in its 5th year, within the ecosystem of international art fairs.

Laure d'Hauteville, who, together with her team, dedicated her energy to serve art and artists, was delighted to observe the growing interest towards the fair and to witness the busy crowds visiting it daily. 'After 5 years, BEIRUT ART FAIR is the most important showcase of the ME.NA.SA creativity in the national and international artistic art scene. It is a unique source of information about the artists, trends, galleries, publications, and the institutions which contribute to the rapid growth of art in this region. Our desire is to always be in line with the developments in the art market and our passion is to nurture a worldwide dialogue that first passes through art.

That is why we continuously strive to implement and strengthen the art developed in the ME.NA.SA region even further throughout the world. Based on this we are launching, next November, SINGAPORE ART FAIR.'

17 > 20 septembre 2015