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Exceptional donation of 1300 works by Arab artists to IMA 

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The pair of Lebanese decent gallerists; Claude and France Lemand, transferred 1,300 paintings to the Institute of the Arab world (IMA), including sculptures and drawings estimated at MAD 325 million (30 million euros). This collection is considered to be one of the most representative of the modern and contemporary art of the Arab countries.

The donation of Claude and France Lemand is exceptional: it offers a complete panorama of artistic trends that crossed the Arab countries in the 20th century. The collection includes 1,300 works by 68 artists and is worth 325 million dirhams (30 million euros).

The majority of the represented artists in the donation come from North Africa and the Levant. There are works by Najia Mehadji, Mohamed Melehi and Mahi Binebine (Morocco), Zoulikha Bouabdellah and Abdallah Benanteur (Algeria), Etel Adnan, Shafic Abboud and Paul Guiragossian (Lebanon), Hamed Abdalla (Egypt), Dia Al-Azzawi ( Iraq) and Youssef Abdelké (Syria), among others.

Exceptionally, the donation is endowed with an endowment fund, the Claude & France Lemand-IMA Fund, which aims to continue acquisitions, organize exhibitions, study works, publish catalogs, teach and disseminate, the donation quite the opposite of a “dead collection”.

In related news, the exhibition, “Le Monde Arabe Vu par Ses Artistes”, is showcased at the Museum of the Arab World Institute until March 10, 2019. It brings together, for the first time, a selection of 23 artists through works executed between 1969 and 2014 .