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Christie’s stages outstanding six week series of art exhibitions and events in the Middle East this autumn

Christie’s Ongoing Commitment and Leadership in the Region Underpinned by Exhibition, Education and Auction Events in DOHA, JEDDAH, DUBAI AND ABU DHABI in October and November

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August 16, 2010 2:11 by



Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, celebrates the ever-growing arts and cultural environment in the Middle East by staging a series of events in October and November 2010.

“Our clients from the Middle East have a long-standing and growing passion and commitment to the arts,” said Jussi Pylkkanen, President, Christie’s Europe and Middle East. “As the cultural landscape continues to diversify and develop, Christie’s is excited to continue to be a prime mover in the region, partnering with collectors, working on educational initiatives and complementing the new art fairs as well as staging our 9th consecutive sales season in the region.”

Doha – A Journey Through Modern Art, Public Art Exhibition: 4 – 5 October

Michael Jeha, Christie’s Managing Director, Middle East continued: “Our first public exhibition in Doha takes place in early October to coincide with the events that form part of the celebrations that honour Doha as the Middle East Capital of Culture, 2010. We are delighted to be showcasing a selection of superb Modern and Contemporary Art from the region and look forward to welcoming the growing audience in Qatar to our exhibition”. A separate press release is available.

Dubai – Exhibition and Sale Series includes Important Collections: 24 – 27 October

The season continues with the Christie’s 9th series of public exhibitions and sales in Dubai from 24th-27th October and will be led another outstanding group of modern paintings from the Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi, the first Lord Mayor of Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including works by artists Mahmoud Said, Abdul Hadi El Gazzar and Hamed Nada. An outstanding, glittering and glamorous single-owner collection of jewellery comprising forty-one parures, or suites of jewellery, leads the Jewelery and Watches sale on 26th October. Press release available late August.

Abu Dhabi – Off the Walls – Collecting Middle Eastern Art: 3 – 28 November

A celebration of art and collecting continues in November in Abu Dhabi when Abu Dhabi Art in collaboration with Christie’s presents “Off the Walls – Collecting Middle Eastern Art”, an outstanding exhibition of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern Art that will be staged at The Emirates Palace Hotel from 3rd-28th November. The exhibition will comprise of works on loan from private collectors and corporations and promises to be the greatest exhibition of its kind in the region to date. Press release available early September.

Jeddah – Educaton Event with Canvas : 20 and 21 October

In addition, Christie’s ongoing commitment to educational activities continues with a Canvas Education events in Jeddah on 20th and 21st October. For further information contact Mixed Media publishing.

Christie’s was the first international art business to establish premises and operations in the Middle East. The company has introduced over 10 categories to the public exhibition calendar over a six-year period. The first auction in Dubai took place in May 2006 and over $160 million of art sales have taken place in the region since that date. The team in the Middle East has grown and Managing Director, Michael Jeha, leads a highly talented and committed team including William Lawrie, Director and leading specialist in Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art; Isabelle de la Bruyere, Business Director, Lyne Kaddoura, Jewellery specialist and Hala Khayat, International Modern and Contemporar art specialist.



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