The Salsali Private Museum, or SPM, is a private museum in Alserkal Avenue established by private collector Ramin Salsali. Born in Tehran in 1964, Salsali, a businessman and consultant for technological development, now lives mostly in Dubai, where he dedicates part of his time to being a patron of the arts. He started collecting at the age of 21.
The museum opened in 2011 and shows parts of Salsali’s collection of over 400 pieces of painting, photography, video art, sculpture and installations. It was the first contemporary art museum in Dubai. The collection includes artists such as Sara Rahbar, Fereydoun Ave, Nazif Topcuoglu, Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jonathan Meese, Fischli & Weiss, Meret Oppenheim, Daniel Richter and others.
Ramin Salsali has a special interest in influencing the burgeoning art scene in his home country, for example by supporting young Iranian artists. But he is just as concerned about the Dubai art scene – whence his private museum – and the projection of Middle Eastern art in the West. He is nurturing plans to build a museum of contemporary Middle Eastern art in Berlin.
Salsali would like to set an example for other collectors, stimulating them to turn to patronage. He has offfered to mount exhibitions with the collections of other collectors, and is stimulating their involvement in the plans for the museum of modern art revealed by the Emir of Dubai during Art Dubai 2012. Salsali opened a Facebook page for ‘DMOCA’, the Dubai Museum of Contemporary Art.
Mr. Salsali has been recognized as Patron of the Arts by Sheikh Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai.
- 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