The first Italian art gallery in d3 and Dubai

The first Italian art gallery in d3 and Dubai

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Sconci Art Gallery, Dubai’s first Italian art gallery will open its doors at Dubai Design District (d3) on Tuesday 27thOctober. A reputed gallery from Rome, Sconci will hold its opening exhibition this month to celebrate the launch of the gallery’s Dubai space. Sconci Art Gallery is a family business, established in 1977 in Rome by the founder and current artistic director Dr. Stefano Sconci. The Dubai gallery is led by his son, General Manager and owner, Dr. Lorenzo Sconci, who identified the exciting art market in the region and saw an opportunity to bring key Italian artworks to Dubai’s growing art scene. For the opening this month, Dr. Sconci has brought some important pieces of Italian Contemporary art: Roberto Marcello Baldessari’s Speed on the Lake, Pippo Rizzo’ The Knife grinder, Andre’ Masson’s Metamorphose souterraine and Mario Schifano’s I’m Infantile. Speaking of the gallery’s decision to expand outside of Italy, Dr Sconci explained: “Italy is famous all over the world for its history, culture and art, and we want our gallery to represent Italy and act as an important reference point for all the art lovers of the UAE as well as those from the rest of the world who live in this country. We hope the gallery honours the strong cultural ties between Italy and the Arab region.” He continued; “the main goal we set for ourselves is to become an important reference point for collectors, enthusiasts and art lovers of Dubai, the UAE and all countries of the Gulf. We want to gain their respect and trust by providing a continuous, interesting, exciting and particularly new artistic proposal compared to those of other galleries in Dubai.”

The gallery will also provide a platform for local emerging artists and already heralds works by historic Arab artists in its collection. Pieces by Fateh Moudarres and Madi Hussein, two very important artists of the Arabic world, are to be exhibited alongside works by Andy Warhol and pieces from early 20th century futurism painters, Roberto Marcello Baldessari and Pippo Rizzo. In fact, the gallery has represented Arab artists since its conception. Historically, many young painters from the Arab region travelled to Rome to study and attend the Academy of Fine Arts. Some remained to work in Rome, whilst others continued their artistic career in Paris and London and others returned to their countries of origin. The founder of Sconci Art Gallery became interested in the life and work of these painters, came into contact with them and began to buy their works and sell them to Italian collectors. Dr Sconci explained: “Now, in the present day here in Dubai, enthusiasts can admire the beautiful works of Fateh Moudarres, Madi Hussein, Yehya Shafik, Abdullatif Al Smoudi, Amar Cheriet and Fathi Hassan and others, because now the works of these artists are part of our history and our lives and will be presented with pride and love during this wonderful adventure we are going to begin here in Dubai.”

Sconci Gallery offers Modern and Contemporary Art that will appeal to collectors and art enthusiasts of all levels. The collection boasts works of: Italian and foreign artists of established fame, frequently valued and present at international auctions; Italian and foreign artists famous in their own countries that have never wanted to enter the world of auctions and public sales but nevertheless excel in creativity, geniality, technical qualities and painting skills and young artists of various trends, schools or movements that are rapidly growing in reputation not only in Italy but in many other parts of the world.

Exhibited works are carefully selected by the Artistic Director and the owner of the gallery, with careful attention to offer visitors quality works that satisfy all audiences. At the same time, exhibitions are designed to show visitors that art can thrill, can encourage people to reflect and to stimulate interest and curiosity.

Commenting on the launch of the new gallery in Dubai, Dr Sconci said: “As a first step, we want to understand and learn what the tastes and trends of the local public are. For this reason, as our debut show, we have decided to host a large collective exhibition offering a wide overview of works made by artists that we have been following for a long time and that attract unanimous appreciation and approval both in Italy and in the rest of the world. Thereafter, we will dedicate ourselves to organize exhibitions of historic and emerging artists, thematic exhibitions and, when possible, exhibitions dedicated to the great art movements of the last century onwards. These will include an exhibition dedicated around Futurism, (the most important Italian artistic movement of the 20th Century) or the Post War avant-garde movement that has been such a source of inspiration for all successive artists.”

The gallery organises historical exhibitions of paintings in Italy and if there is significant interest in ancient art in the region, the gallery can use this historic experience regionally to arrange similar shows. As well as the collection of paintings, Sconci is showing 16th century Milanese furniture and contemporary sculptures. This mix of mediums was one of the reasons for the gallery’s decision to open in Dubai Design District. Dr Sconci said: “I believe in the concept of being in a dedicated design environment, which is essentially the heart of the design world in the Middle East. This is a place for luxury goods, art, fashion, interiors and great creative minds.” The gallery has been designed in a very minimalist, industrialist style with whitewashed walls, black ceilings, exposed pipes, and dark graphite tiles as Lorenzo Sconci wanted to “create a space where the art can speak for itself.”

http://qminmagazine.com/sconci-gallery-to-open-at-dubais-design-district/

Sconci Art Gallery Opening in Dubai

Sconci Art Gallery Opening in Dubai

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Sconci Art Gallery, Dubai’s first Italian art gallery will open for visitors at Dubai Design District (d3) on Monday 26th October.

Dr. Lorenzo Sconci is the owner of the art gallery and will bring Italian flavour into growing art scene in Dubai.

“Italy is famous all over the world for its history, culture and art, and we want our gallery to represent Italy and act as an important reference point for all the art lovers of the UAE as well as those from the rest of the world who live in this country,” said Lorenzo

http://globalistlife.com/sconci-art-gallery-opening-in-dubai/

صالة سكونتشي الفنية تحطّ رحالها في حيّ دبي للتصميم

صالة سكونتشي الفنية تحطّ رحالها في حيّ دبي للتصميم

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 تفتتح صالة سكونتشي الفنية، وهي أول صالة فنية إيطالية في دبي، أبوابها في حيّ دبي للتصميم يوم الخميس ٢٦ أكتوبر المقبل. وسوف تستضيف هذه الصالة المعروفة في مدينة روما معرضها الفني الافتتاحي هذا الشهر احتفاء بانطلاقتها في مدينة دبي.

صالة سكونتشي الفنية هي شركة عائلية أسسها مديرها الفني الحالي الدكتور ستيفانو سكونتشي في روما في العام ١٩٧٧. أما فرعها الكائن في دبي فيديره ابنه، صاحب الصالة ومديرها العام، الدكتور لورينزو سكونتشي الذي تعرّف إلى سوق الفن المثير للإعجاب والاهتمام في المنطقة ورأى فيه فرصة لإحضار الأعمال الفنية الإيطالية المهمة إلى مجتمع دبي الفني المتنامي. وانطلاقاً من هنا، أحضر الدكتور سكونتشي لحفل الافتتاح الذي يُقام هذا الشهر بضع لوحات مهمة من الفن الإيطالي المعاصر ومن ضمنها: لوحة Speed on the Lake للفنان روبيرتو مارتشيلو بالديساري ولوحة The Knife grinder للفنان بيبو ريتزو ولوحة Metamorphose souterraine للفنان أندري ماسون ولوحة I’m Infantile للفنان ماريو سكيفانو.

وبالحديث عن قرار الصالة الفنية في التوسع خارج إيطاليا، شرح الدكتور سكونتشي قائلاً: “تُعرف إيطاليا حول العالم بتاريخها وثقافتها وفنها. ونريد أن تُمثل صالتنا دولة إيطاليا وأن تؤدي دور مرجع مهم لكل محبي الفن الإماراتيين أو المقيمين في الإمارات العربية المتحدة. ونأمل أن تعزز هذه الصالة العلاقة الثقافية القوية التي تربط إيطاليا بالعالم العربي”. وتابع قائلاً: “يكمن هدفنا الأساسي في أن نصبح مرجعاً للهواة ولمحبي الفن في دبي والإمارات العربية المتحدة ودول الخليج جميعها. ونريد أن نكتسب احترامهم وثقتهم من خلال تأمين أعمال فنية مثيرة للاهتمام وجديدة بصورة خاصة مقارنةً بالأعمال الفنية التي تعرضها الصالات الفنية الأخرى في دبي.”

وبالإضافة إلى ذلك، توفّر الصالة الفنية أيضاً منصة للفنانين الناشئين المحليين فضلاً عن أنّها ستعرض في مجموعتها أعمالاً فنية لفنانين عرب مهمين. فستعرض لوحات للفنانّيْن المهمين في العالم العربي فاتح مدرّس وماضي حسين إلى جانب أعمال الفنان أندي وارهول ولوحات أخرى لفنانيْن من حركة المستقبلية في أوائل القرن العشرين روبرتو مارتشيلو بالديساري وبيبو ريتزو.

وبالفعل، تمثل الصالة الفنية الفنانين العرب منذ تأسيسها. فعبر التاريخ، سافر الكثير من الرسامين الشبان العرب إلى روما لإكمال دراساتهم في أكاديمية الفنون الجميلة. وبقي البعض منهم في روما للعمل. أما الآخرون فأكملوا مسيرتهم الفنية في باريس ولندن أو عادوا إلى أوطانهم. واهتم مؤسس صالة سكونتشي الفنية بحياة هؤلاء الرسامين وبأعمالهم ثم تواصل معهم وبدأ يشتري أعمالهم ويبيعها إلى الهواة الإيطاليين. وفي هذا الإطار، يقول: الدكتور سكونتشي: “اليوم، حالياً، وهنا في دبي، يمكن للهواة أن يستمتعوا بالأعمال الجميلة التي تحمل توقيع الفنانين فاتح مدرّس وماضي حسين ويحيا شفيق وعبد اللطيف الصمودي وقمر شريات وفتحي حسان وكثيرين آخرين، لأنّ أعمال هؤلاء الفنانين هي الآن جزء من تاريخنا وحياتنا. وستعرض هذه الأعمال بفخر وحب خلال المغامرة الرائعة هذه التي سننطلق بها هنا في دبي.”

تعرض صالة سكونتشي الفنية الفن المعاصر والحديث الذي يروق لهواة الفن من جميع المستويات. وتقدم المجموعة لوحات ثمينة تشارك في المزاد العلني الدولي وتعود لفنانين إيطاليين وأجانب معروفين فضلاً عن أعمال لفنانين إيطاليين وأجانب معروفين في بلادهم لم يرغبوا يوماً في دخول عالم المزادات العلنية والمبيعات العامة لكنّهم بارعون في الإبداع والعبقرية والتقنيات وماهرون في الرسم إلى جانب أعمال لفنانين شبان من اتجاهات ومدارس وحركات مختلفة يسطع نجمهم بسرعة في إيطاليا ومناطق عدة في العالم.

ويختار مدير الصالة وصاحبها الأعمال المعروضة بتأن ليقدم لوحات راقية للزوار تتناسب مع كل فئات الجمهور. وفي الوقت نفسه، تُصمّم المعارض الفنية ليرى الزوار أنّ الفن قد يثير إعجاب الناس ويحرك فيهم حب الاستطلاع.

وتعليقاً على افتتاح الصالة الجديدة في دبي، قال الدكتور سكونتشي: “تكمن خطوتنا الأولى في فهم أذواق الجمهور المحلي واتجاهاته وأخذ العلم بها. ولهذا السبب، قررنا أن نعرض في معرضنا الأول مجموعة واسعة توفر نظرة شاملة عن أعمال فنانين تابعناهم طويلاً تجذب الناس في إيطاليا وجميع أنحاء العالم. ولاحقاً، سنكرّس أنفسنا لتنظيم معارض لفنانين مهمين وناشئين ومعارض تتعلق بمواضيع معينة. وإذا أمكن، سننظم معارض تابعة للحركات الفنية العائدة إلى القرن الفائت وما بعده. وستشمل هذه المعارض معرضاً عن المستقبلية (وهي الحركة الفنية الإيطالية الأهم في القرن العشرين) أو عن الحركة المستحدثة ما بعد الحرب التي لا تزال مصدر إلهام لكل الفنانين المتلاحقين.”

يُذكر أنّ الصالة نظمت معارض تاريخية لرسوم في إيطاليا. وإذا برز اهتمام الناس في المنطقة في الفن القديم، ستنظم معارض مماثلة إقليمياً، مستعينة بتجربتها التاريخية هذه.

وإلى جانب مجموعة اللوحات، تعرض صالة سكونتشي مفروشات القرن السادس عشر الميلانيزية والمنحوتات العصرية. وهذا المزيج من الفنون هو أحد الأسباب التي دفعت بالصالة لافتتاح فرع لها في حيّ دبي للتصميم. وفي هذا السياق، قال الدكتور سكونتشي: “أؤمن بأنّي في بيئة تصميم مخلصة تشكل في الأساس قلب عالم التصميم في الشرق الأوسط. هذا مكان للسلع الفاخرة والفن والموضة والديكور الداخلي والأدمغة الإبداعية الرائعة”. صُممت صالة سكونتشي وفقاً لأسلوب انسيابي وصناعي وهي تتمتع بجدران بيضاء وأسقف سوداء وأنابيب ظاهرة وبلاط من الجرافيت الداكن. وهذا ما رغب فيه لورينزو سكونتشي وهو “إنشاء مكان يتكلم فيه الفن على نفسه.”

تفتتح صالة سكونتشي الفنية أبوابها يوم الإثنين ٢٦ أكتوبر في الطابق الأول من المبنى رقم ٨ في حيّ دبي للتصميم. ويضمّ برنامجها الغني مناقشات وجلسات نقاش وحوار إلى

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Sconci Gallery to open at Dubai’s Design District

Sconci Gallery to open at Dubai’s Design District

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The first Italian art gallery in d3 and Dubai

Dubai, UAE – 11 October 2015: Sconci Art Gallery, Dubai’s first Italian art gallery will open its doors at Dubai Design District (d3) on Monday 26th October. A reputed gallery from Rome, Sconci will hold its opening exhibition this month to celebrate the launch of the gallery’s Dubai space.

Sconci Art Gallery is a family business, established in 1977 in Rome by the founder and current artistic director Dr. Stefano Sconci. The Dubai gallery is led by his son, General Manager and owner, Dr. Lorenzo Sconci, who identified the exciting art market in the region and saw an opportunity to bring key Italian artworks to Dubai’s growing art scene. For the opening this month, Dr. Sconci has brought some important pieces of Italian Contemporary art: Roberto Marcello Baldessari’s Speed on the Lake, Pippo Rizzo’ The Knife grinder, Andre’ Masson’s Metamorphose souterraine and Mario Schifano’s I’m Infantile.

Speaking of the gallery’s decision to expand outside of Italy, Dr Sconci explained: “Italy is famous all over the world for its history, culture and art, and we want our gallery to represent Italy and act as an important reference point for all the art lovers of the UAE as well as those from the rest of the world who live in this country. We hope the gallery honours the strong cultural ties between Italy and the Arab region.”  He continued; “the main goal we set for ourselves is to become an important reference point for collectors, enthusiasts and art lovers of Dubai, the UAE and all countries of the Gulf. We want to gain their respect and trust by providing a continuous, interesting, exciting and particularly new artistic proposal compared to those of other galleries in Dubai.”

The gallery will also provide a platform for local emerging artists and already heralds works by historic Arab artists in its collection. Pieces by Fateh Moudarres and Madi Hussein, two very important artists of the Arabic world, are to be exhibited alongside works by Andy Warhol and pieces from early 20th century futurism painters, Roberto Marcello Baldessari and Pippo Rizzo.

In fact, the gallery has represented Arab artists since its conception. Historically, many young painters from the Arab region travelled to Rome to study and attend the Academy of Fine Arts. Some remained to work in Rome, whilst others continued their artistic career in Paris and London and others returned to their countries of origin. The founder of Sconci Art Gallery became interested in the life and work of these painters, came into contact with them and began to buy their works and sell them to Italian collectors. Dr Sconci explained: “Now, in the present day here in Dubai, enthusiasts can admire the beautiful works of Fateh Moudarres, Madi Hussein, Yehya Shafik, Abdullatif Al Smoudi, Amar Cheriet and Fathi Hassan and others, because now the works of these artists are part of our history and our lives and will be presented with pride and love during this wonderful adventure we are going to begin here in Dubai.”

Sconci Gallery offers Modern and Contemporary Art that will appeal to collectors and art enthusiasts of all levels. The collection boasts works of:
Italian and foreign artists of established fame, frequently valued and present at international auctions; Italian and foreign artists famous in their own countries that have never wanted to enter the world of auctions and public sales but nevertheless excel in creativity, geniality, technical qualities and painting skills and young artists of various trends, schools or movements that are rapidly growing in reputation not only in Italy but in many other parts of the world.

Exhibited works are carefully selected by the Artistic Director and the owner of the gallery, with careful attention to offer visitors quality works that satisfy all audiences. At the same time, exhibitions are designed to show visitors that art can thrill, can encourage people to reflect and to stimulate interest and curiosity.

Commenting on the launch of the new gallery in Dubai, Dr Sconci said: “As a first step, we want to understand and learn what the tastes and trends of the local public are. For this reason, as our debut show, we have decided to host a large collective exhibition offering a wide overview of works made by artists that we have been following for a long time and that attract unanimous appreciation and approval both in Italy and in the rest of the world. Thereafter, we will dedicate ourselves to organize exhibitions of historic and emerging artists, thematic exhibitions and, when possible, exhibitions dedicated to the great art movements of the last century onwards. These will include an exhibition dedicated around Futurism, (the most important Italian artistic movement of the 20th Century) or the Post War avant-garde movement that has been such a source of inspiration for all successive artists.”

The gallery organises historical exhibitions of paintings in Italy and if there is significant interest in ancient art in the region, the gallery can use this historic experience regionally to arrange similar shows.

As well as the collection of paintings, Sconci is showing 16th century Milanese furniture and contemporary sculptures. This mix of mediums was one of the reasons for the gallery’s decision to open in Dubai Design District. Dr Sconci said: “I believe in the concept of being in a dedicated design environment, which is essentially the heart of the design world in the Middle East. This is a place for luxury goods, art, fashion, interiors and great creative minds.” The gallery has been designed in a very minimalist, industrialist style with whitewashed walls, black ceilings, exposed pipes, and dark graphite tiles as Lorenzo Sconci wanted to “create a space where the art can speak for itself.”

Sconci Gallery opens on Monday 26th October on the first floor of Building 8, Dubai Design District. The gallery’s rich programme will include debates and discussions as well as a rolling schedule of exhibitions and auctions.

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Sconci, the first Italian art gallery to open at Dubai’s Design District

Sconci, the first Italian art gallery to open at Dubai’s Design District

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Sconci Art Gallery, Dubai’s first Italian art gallery will open its doors at Dubai Design District (d3) on Monday 26th October. A reputed gallery from Rome, Sconci will hold its opening exhibition this month to celebrate the launch of the gallery’s Dubai space.

 

Sconci Art Gallery is a family business, established in 1977 in Rome by the founder and current artistic director Dr Stefano Sconci. The Dubai gallery is led by his son, general manager and owner, Lorenzo Sconci, who identified the exciting art market in the region and saw an opportunity to bring key Italian artworks to Dubai’s growing art scene.

 

For the opening this month, Sconci has brought some important pieces of Italian Contemporary art: Roberto Marcello Baldessari’s Speed on the Lake, Pippo Rizzo’ The Knife grinder, Andre’ Masson’s Metamorphose souterrain and Mario Schifano’s I’m Infantile.

Speaking of the gallery’s decision to expand outside of Italy, Sconci explained: “Italy is famous all over the world for its history, culture and art, and we want our gallery to represent Italy and act as an important reference point for all the art lovers of the UAE as well as those from the rest of the world who live in this country. We hope the gallery honours the strong cultural ties between Italy and the Arab region.” He continued; “the main goal we set for ourselves is to become an important reference point for collectors, enthusiasts and art lovers of Dubai, the UAE and all countries of the Gulf. We want to gain their respect and trust by providing a continuous, interesting, exciting and particularly new artistic proposal compared to those of other galleries in Dubai.”

 

The gallery will also provide a platform for local emerging artists and already heralds works by historic Arab artists in its collection. Pieces by Fateh Moudarres and Madi Hussein, two very important artists of the Arabic world, are to be exhibited alongside works by Andy Warhol and pieces from early 20th century futurism painters, Roberto Marcello Baldessari and Pippo Rizzo.

Sconci Gallery offers Modern and Contemporary Art that will appeal to collectors and art enthusiasts of all levels. The gallery organises historical exhibitions of paintings in Italy and if there is significant interest in ancient art in the region, the gallery can use this historic experience regionally to arrange similar shows.

As well as the collection of paintings, Sconci is showing 16th-century Milanese furniture and contemporary sculptures. This mix of mediums was one of the reasons for the gallery’s decision to open in Dubai Design District.

http://www.designmena.com/thoughts/sconci-the-first-italian-art-gallery-to-open-at-dubais-design-district

Sconci Art Gallery is coming to Dubai

Sconci Art Gallery is coming to Dubai

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Sconci Art Gallery will be brimming with Andy Warhol-esque pieces perfectly placed next to up and coming local artists.

Sconci Art Gallery is famous in Rome. Period! Now Dr. Lorenzo Sconci the owner of the art gallery is bringing Italy’s illustrious artworks to the region, further confirming the burgeoning art scene here.

“Italy is famous all over the world for its history, culture and art, and we want our gallery to represent Italy and act as an important reference point for all the art lovers of the UAE as well as those from the rest of the world who live in this country,” said Lorenzo.

The gallery also hopes to become a platform for regional artists and in fact, they already have several works from local artists Fateh Moudarres and Madi Hussein. “Now, in the present day here in Dubai, enthusiasts can admire the beautiful works of Fateh Moudarres, Madi Hussein, Yehya Shafik, Abdullatif Al Smoudi, Amar Cheriet and Fathi Hassan. The works of these artists are part of our history and our lives and they’ll be presented with pride and love during this wonderful adventure we are going to begin here in Dubai,” Sconci commented.

Sconci Gallery opens on Monday 26th October, 2015 and it’s located on Level 1, Building 8, Dubai Design District.

http://www.buro247.com/me/culture/arts/sconci-art-gallery-is-coming-to-dubai.html

Italian art gallery to open in Dubai Design District

Italian art gallery to open in Dubai Design District

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Dubai’s first Italian art gallery will open its doors at Dubai Design District (d3) on Monday, October 26.

Led by Lorenzo Sconci, Sconci Art Gallery will act as a platform for emerging artists in the UAE, and will boast a collection of works by renowned Arab artists, including Fateh Moudarres and Madi Hussein, whose pieces will be exhibited alongside artworks by Andy Warhol and early 20th-century futurism painters such as Roberto Marcello Baldessari and Pippo Rizzo.

• Sconci Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Building 8, Dubai Design District

http://www.thenational.ae/blogs/the-art-blog/italian-art-gallery-to-open-in-dubai-design-district

Dubai’s first Italian art gallery set for launch

Dubai’s first Italian art gallery set for launch

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From exhibiting the work of masters such as Andy Warhol and Fateh Moudarres to providing a platform for local artists, Sconci Art Gallery aims to capture the minds and souls of art-lovers in Dubai

Set to launch in October, Sconci Art Gallery is one of the latest additions to Dubai’s cultural landscape and the first Italian gallery in the emirate. The homegrown business has been passed down from artistic director Stefano Sconci to his son Lorenzo, and will be housed at Dubai Design District, d3. At present, there are more than 500 artworks with 53 on show.Vision meets Lorenzo Sconci, owner and general manager of the new space.

Vision: Sconci Art Gallery opened in Rome in 1977. Over the years, you’ve collaborated with major Italian and international galleries and auction houses. Why did you decide to open in Dubai?

Lorenzo Sconci: Dubai is becoming one of the most important encounter points for enthusiasts, collectors and dealers from all over the world. The large number of visitors, the great audience participation at the opening of exhibitions and the importance offered by the media give a clear signal of high interest and great potential for further success.

V: Aside from artists, what opportunities can the art-loving public get from d3 and spaces like yours?

L: We intend to take advantage of our background in the history of art, the ancient history of our culture and its well known refined sensibility…Our goal is to offer people the opportunity to become passionate, to debate, to criticise, to appreciate or not appreciate. Our hope is that they will always leave our gallery enriched in their minds and in their souls.

We want to create another point of contact between western culture and the Arab world. We aim to achieve this in two ways. The first is by showing our own collection of works by important masters such as Hussein Madi, Fateh Moudarres, Yehya Shafik, Abdullatif Al Smoudi, Fathi Hassan, Abdul Hadi El-Gazzar – they are very famous Arab artists, well known and appreciated in Dubai and the Arab world.

Secondly, we’re planning exhibitions of work belonging to great artistic movements of contemporary international art and introducing them to the local art lovers and collectors. European artists, especially Italians who have already achieved fame and notoriety in Europe, are sometimes still unknown in Dubai and in the Arab world.

V: What does Dubai have to offer as a creative hub?

L: Dubai is the city of the present and the future, everything evolves quickly and the constant urge to go ahead and improve gives everyone a lot of energy. It shines through in every activity, from construction to innovation, from research to art. Everything is projected towards finding something new, great, beautiful and important.

V: How much local collaboration are you planning?

L: The collaboration with local artists will be promoted by our gallery as soon as we get the chance to come into direct contact with them…No less important will be to analyse the possibilities of increasing the value of these works so that they can also be a good investment for collectors.

V: Is there is a history of cultural appreciation between Rome and Dubai?

L: There are important connections…In the thirties and later in the fifties, sixties and seventies, many Arab artists discovered Rome and deemed it one of the cultural capitals of the world. Many moved for long periods of study, especially to attend the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards some settled to live in Italy, others continued their careers in various European capitals, particularly Paris and London, and some returned to their countries of origin. Arab artists have always been appreciated, followed with great interest and loved by the Italians and Europeans – it explains why today you can find works by Arab artists made in those years in Rome or Paris or London.

http://vision.ae/articles/dubais_first_italian_gallery_set_for_launch

Dubai Haute Secrets: Sconci Gallery Dazzles Art Scene

Dubai Haute Secrets: Sconci Gallery Dazzles Art Scene

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Sconci Gallery has been around since 1977 in Italy, but it’s a relative newcomer to the Dubai art scene. This summer the Dubai Design District welcomed the Dubai branch of Sconci Art Gallery, its very first art gallery.

Dr. Lorenzo Sconci is the managing director of the gallery, a smaller, family-owned gallery, which has been passed down to him from his father.

The folks at D3 interviewed Dr. Sconci when they welcomed him to the district. He designed the inside of the gallery in a very minimalist, industrialist style with whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings, exposed pipes, and dark graphite tile. He told D3 that he wanted to “create a space where the art can speak for itself.”

The Sconci Art Gallery is different than many of the other galleries in Dubai that usually keep only seven to ten pieces of art at a time, often pieces which are all part of a greater theme or done in a particular style. Visitors to the Sconci Gallery, however, will find a broad range of different styles represented in the 53 works of art currently on display there. In honor of the grand opening of the Dubai location, Dr. Sconci has brought one of Italian art’s most important pieces: Mario Schifano’s I’m Infantile.

The Sconci Gallery’s Dubai collection also mixes Milanese furniture dating from the 16th century with pieces by Fateh Moudarres and Madi Hussein, two of the Arab world’s most important artists. There truly is something for everyone to appreciate, as Dr. Sconci has even included pieces by Pippo Rizzo and Roberto Marcello Baldessari, two artists from the 20th century futurism artistic movement. Dr. Sconci told D3 that he left Italy to set up a gallery in Dubai because he sees significant potential for the art scene in the Middle East.

“It’s a place where dreams become reality,” he told D3. “There is so much potential in this region.

Art is unquestionably a growing market and being here at D3 is unique – it is the only place in the world were Arab culture meets Western and international cultures head-on.”

http://hauteliving.com/2015/07/haute-secrets-sconci-gallery/580777/

D3 meets Sconci Art Gallery

D3 meets Sconci Art Gallery

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This week we were delighted to have an opportunity to meet with Dr Lorenzo Sconci, the Managing Director of d3’s first art gallery, Sconci Art Gallery.

Sconci Art Gallery is an Italian, home-grown business that has been passed down from Father to Son and upon meeting Lorenzo, its clear to see that a passion for art is in the family blood. The first thing that struck us as about this art gallery is the way that Lorenzo himself has designed the interior: vast whitewashed walls and high ceilings, exposed pipe works and beautiful dark grey graphite floor tiles, which give the art gallery a clean and industrial aesthetic – functional and bare – a clean canvass. Lorenzo commented on the thinking behind his design choices, saying that, “I was given the ability here at d3 to take a space and do whatever I wanted with it – to fit it out in any shape, size or colour. I decided to create a space that is bare and minimalistic because, I felt that we needed to create a space where the art can speak for itself.”

Many art galleries in Dubai keep small collections, typically seven to ten pieces. Sconci Art Gallery currently has a wildly eclectic collection of 53 pieces of art. By the door hangs a signed Andy Warhol print retrospective.
To the right is one of the most important works in modern Italian art history, I am infantile from the Father of Italian Pop Art, Mario Schifano. These hugely important pieces sit side by side paintings from some of history‘s most important Middle Eastern artists such as Madi Hussein and Fateh Moudarres. Complementing these are pieces from early 20th century futurism painters (Roberto Marcello Baldessari / Pippo Rizzo), 16th century Milanese furniture and contemporary sculptures.

Speaking to Lorenzo, it quickly becomes clear that he’s a man who is in love with art – so why leave Italy and set up an art gallery at d3, thousands of miles from where his collection originated? He tells us that he sees enormous potential for art in the Middle East – a growing appreciation for great art and artists; a cultural shift that he finds fascinating. “It is a place where dreams become reality; there is so much potential in this region.
Art is unquestionably a growing market and being here at d3 is unique – it is the only place in the world where Arab culture meets western and international cultures head-on. This makes Dubai – and d3 – very exciting. And in d3, the opportunity to be at the centre of the design world. This is why it was so important for me to be here.”
“I also really believe in the concept of being in a dedicated design environment, which is essentially the heart of the design world in the Middle East. This is a place for luxury goods, art, fashion, interiors and great creative minds. This place has enormous potential and we wanted to be here right from the start.”
Sconci Art Gallery is open for business now, on the 1st floor of building 8 – pop in and take a look!

http://www.dubaidesigndistrict.com/d3-meets-sconci-art-gallery/