Established in 2007, Meem Gallery is the premier gallery in Dubai dealing with the masters of Middle Eastern modern art. It represents some of the most famous Arab artists, such as Dia Azzawi, Ali Omar Ermes and Susan Hefuna, and deals in the art of the most famous Arab modernist painters such as Jawad Selim, Nja Mahdaoui, Mohamed Melehi and others whose artistic career commenced in the mid-20th century. Several equally famous Iranian artists (Tanavoli, Kiarostami) and the Turk Ismail Acar are also represented by Meem.
Meem thus provides a counterweight to the overbearing focus in Dubai on contemporary (21st century) art, by linking it to the achievements of Arab artists in the 20th century. This deliberate role Meem plays in the Dubai art world is strengthened by the very complete library in the gallery, the publication of ‘catalogues raisonnés’ for the gallery’s important exhibitions and Meem’s engagement in educational and charity activities.
Meem Gallery was set up by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Mishal Hamed Kanoo and Charles Pocock, who is also the gallery’s managing director – and one of the most knowledgeable experts in matters of Arab art in the region.
- The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – Open Calls as of March 2015
- Some of the first favourites at Art Dubai.
- Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi to be the curator of the UAE Venice Biennale 2015 pavillion
- First edition of the Gulf Music Festival at the Archive, Dubai
- And an interesting question mark from Isabelle van den Eynde