The first Italian art gallery in d3 and Dubai
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.”