Who We Are

Aktham Abdulhamid 'Untitled' Wood, 100 x 65 x 10 cm. 2006

Who We Are

Atassi Foundation is an independent non profit initiative, founded by Sadek and Mouna Atassi to promote Syrian art and culture. Atassi foundation aims to celebrate Syrian art by exhibiting it, enhancing its global visibility, and supporting creative production of young talents. We achieve this by organising and curating exhibitions, fostering intercultural exchange in collaboration with international arts and culture institutions, and by supporting research and publications on Syrian art and culture. Our ambition is to create a sustainable and informative platform for Syrian artistic expression and knowledge.


A contemporary art collection: We preserve and protect our unique and rich collection of Syrian visual arts heritage, by documenting, organizing and curating exhibitions, and by loaning artworks to leading international institutions

Creative residencies and cultural discourse: We work with partner institutions to provide Syrian artists, curators, and researchers the opportunity to develop intercultural exchange and interaction through creative residencies, seminars, conference and round tables

Research and Publication: We work with researches, historians and scholars in partnerships with universities, study centers, and publication houses to collect data, and publishing research and essays about Syrian visual arts.

Our Story

Ahmad Draq Sibai "House" Mixed Media on Canvas 60 x 45 cm. 1961

Our Story

Founded in 1986, the Atassi Gallery was the first private art gallery in the city of Homs. It was originally established by sisters, Mouna and Mayla Atassi, in the attic of their bookstore and later moved to a bigger space in the same building that they were able to turn into a gallery that was better suited to become a gallery. The gallery has hosted exhibitions of some of Syria’s most prominent artists including Fateh Moudarres, Abdullah Mourad, and Ahmad Durak-Sibai. Not long after opening, the gallery became a nexus for Homs’s local art scene. 

The gallery moved to Damascus’s Rawda neighborhood in 1993. There it embarked upon an ambitious programme of international and regional collaborations, exhibitions, symposia, performances and publications. 

Over the years, the Atassi Gallery played a pioneering role in Syria’s nascent independent cultural scene and evolved to become one of Damascus’s eminent vibrant spaces for encounter, discussion and experimentation, for intellectuals, writers, filmmakers and artists.

After a thirty year journey, and in reaction to the strife that has been afflicting Syria for the past few years, the Atassi Gallery marks a new turn in its journey with the establishment of the Atassi Foundation. This transformation is grounded in the belief that art and culture play a necessary and vital role in subduing the ravages of violence, repairing the damages of war and in preserving the history and culture of Syria for generations to come.