The third edition of the international fair of modern and contemporary art BEIRUT ART FAIR will be held from 5 to 8 July 2012 at the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL), with 40 galleries from the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, showcasing their flagship artists. With the participation of 27 new top-notch galleries, BEIRUT ART FAIR asserts its role and its influence on established and emerging international art scenes and wishes to impose its status as a hybrid fair.
In 2011, the fair was attended by 25 international galleries and has proposed several cultural exhibitions, which attracted over 10,000 visitors – collectors, journalists, artists, amateurs and professionals from the world of art. The enthusiasm associated with the first two editions demonstrates a true artistic and economic develop- ment in the «ME.NA.SA.» region, which stretches from Morocco to Indonesia.
The 40 galleries of modern and contemporary art participating in BEIRUT ART FAIR represent all facets of plastic art, through painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, performance, street art and comics.
This year the fair expands its scope with design with the participation of several international galleries, which have chosen to exhibit the work of their creators, in Beirut in July.
New European galleries join as well this 2012 edition: Galerie Trait noir – Aroya (France), Galerie Sophie Lanoë (France), VDA Galleries (Spain), China Today Gallery (Belgium), Galerie Prinzessin Michaela Nikola- jewna Wolkonsky (Germany), ABK ART (France) and Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery (Spain).
The Maghreb region is represented by Le Sous Sol Art Gallery (Morocco), participating for the first time in the fair as well as Le Violon Bleu (Tunisia), which is collaborating for the second time with the fair.
As for the galleries of the Middle East exhibiting at this 2012 edition, we highlight the participation of Artbahrain (Bahrain), the Tajalliyat Art Gallery (Syria), Kozah Art Gallery (Syria), Dara Gallery (Sudan), Esquisse Gallery (Lebanon), Waddah Faris (Iraq), Joanna Seikaly Art Gallery (Lebanon), Art Chowk The Gallery (Dubai, UAE/Pakistan), TASHKEEL (Dubai, UAE), Art Factum Gallery (Lebanon), The Running Horse (Lebanon), and Azad Art Gallery (Iran).
This year, BEIRUT ART FAIR has accentuated its exceptional artistic initiative with the support of cultural institutions, and received the patronage of the Arab World Institute as well as the labeling of the Cultural Council of the Union for the Mediterranean. Moreover, the 2012 edition has once again appealed to spon- sors and partners invested in the BEIRUT ART FAIR project, which gathers a committee of collectors that brings together hundred personalities from the arts community in Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, and also in Europe.