Christian Voigt: Philae Temple, 250x119cm, Egypt 2010

Christian Voigt: Philae Temple, 250x119cm, Egypt 2010. Shown in solo show, September 2013. Image courtesy of SPM

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 Salsali Private Museum during Art Dubai 2012 - Photo Neil van der LindenPhoto Neil van der Linden

The Salsali Private Museum during Art Dubai 2012. Photo NeilvdL.

Ramin Salsali - picture from the Salsali Private Museum website

Ramin Salsali. Picture: SPM.

 

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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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Art Dubai exhibition March 2012. Photo NeilvdL.
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The entrance of the SPM. Photo NeilvdL.
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The entrance of the SPM. Photo NeilvdL.
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November 2012. Ali Bakhtiari's RPM in SPM. Posters, record sleeves and clips from 60's and 70's Iranian movies. Photo NeilvdL.
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November 2012. Ali Bakhtiari's RPM in SPM. Posters, record sleeves and clips from 60's and 70's Iranian movies. Photo NeilvdL.
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November 2012. Ali Bakhtiari's RPM in SPM. Posters, record sleeves and clips from 60's and 70's Iranian movies. Photo NeilvdL.
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November 2012. Ali Bakhtiari's RPM in SPM. Posters, record sleeves and clips from 60's and 70's Iranian movies. Photo NeilvdL.
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November 2012. Ali Bakhtiari's RPM in SPM. Posters, record sleeves and clips from 60's and 70's Iranian movies. Photo NeilvdL.
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Written by: Neil Last modified: 4th Sep 2013
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