Jean-Paul Najar Foundation – Dubai
European-American Post-Minimalist Art in a Bauhaus-inspired building
Situated on Alserkal Avenue in the heart of Dubai´s art quarter, the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation opened its gates to the public in 2016. An economist, photographer and sculptor, Najar, who spent most of his life in Paris, began collecting art from the mid-1960’s and engaged in dialogues with many artists from that time. A pivotal figure for Conceptual and Minimal Art, he curated many exhibitions, and published in depth texts on the artists he was collecting. His exceptional assemblage includes works by James Bishop, Gordon Matta-Clark, Suzanne Harris, Marcia Hafif, and Linda Francis, among others. To create a private museum for her father´s collection, Deborah Najar Jossa brought the legendary architect and father-in-law, Mario Jossa, out of retirement to design the Bauhaus-inspired building. The foundation aims to ensure and expand on Najar’s legacy through the mix of new acquisitions, educational programs, and temporary exhibitions.
Jeni Fulton is a Berlin-based editor and writer who recently completed her PhD dissertation on the subject of ‘Value and Evaluation in 21st Century Art’ at the Humboldt University, Berlin. She holds an MA from the University of Cambridge, and is the Art and Commissioning editor for Sleek Magazine. She contributes to Frieze, Spike and Randian.
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