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2015-2016 : Mondes arabes

A leading expert in modern and contemporary Arab art, Saleh Barakat, 48, founded Agial Art Gallery (1991) in Beirut and Saleh Barakat Gallery in 2015. As executive manager, he participated in building some major collections of modern and contemporary Arab art.

Possessing a strong business background in addition to his experience in the arts, Barakat has been engaged in developing a healthy market environment for creative expression in the Arab world.

He curated several pan-Arab exhibitions, including the IXth Francophone Summit in Beirut, the 2003 World Bank Summit in Dubai, “The Road to Peace: Painting in Times of War 1975-1991” at the Beirut Art Center in 2009. He also co-curated the first national pavilion for Lebanon at the 52nd Venice Biennale, the touring exhibition “Mediterranean Crossroads”, in collaboration the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and recently “Word” in Madina Munawwara, 2013. He also co-curated “Saloua Raouda Choucair: The Retrospective” in 2011, Chafic Abboud in 2012 and Michel Basbous in 2014 at BEC. 

Saleh Barakat serves on the steering committee of the Arts Center at the American University of Beirut and as a member of Advisory Council of the School of Architecture and Design atLAU. He was nominated as a Yale World Fellow in 2006. His reference library on the arts of the Arab world is recognized as one of the most comprehensive.

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