"A patron is not simply a collector who gathers works of art for his own pleasure or a philanthropist who helps artists or founds a public museum, but a person who feels responsibility towards both art and artists together and has the means and will to act upon this feeling."...
The Atassi Foundation is a visual arts initiative seeking to preserve, promote and offer support to Syrian artists and the Syrian diaspora through a wide range of outputs including exhibitions, publications, research and education. The beginnings of the foundation stem from a collecting family legacy that began in 1986 with...
من الأم المثال لدى الفنانين الرواد في سوريا، مروراً بالآلهة التدمرية، وصولأ إلى الفن الشعبي مع الأيقونة السورية إلى جيل يتحدى "داعش"، يجسّد فنّ الوجه والجسد أهم معالم الفن السوري.
A project for mother and daughter team Mouna and Shireen, the Atassi Foundation is providing a much-needed platform for Syrian artists, from the displaced and diaspora to those who have helped define the country’s art
When the Atassi family left their native Syria for Dubai in 2012, many longstanding colleagues from the art world might have assumed that the opening of a new gallery would be in....
The inaugural exhibition at Concrete highlights the trajectories and shifts of art movements in Syria and its socio-cultural histories, from the early 20th century until the present day
The inaugural show at Alserkal Avenue’s Concrete brings Syrian art out from the shadows, focusing on portraits and figurative works from the Atassi Foundation
Alserkal Avenue opens its new multi-disciplinary venue Concrete during Dubai’s Art Week with an exhibition of Modern Syrian art from the collection of the Atassi Foundation.
Syria: Into the Light will be the foundation’s largest-ever exhibition and its first in the MENA region. Curated by
For decades Syrian art was underrepresented internationally in fairs and exhibitions, with few books or specialist curators and no collector base to match that...
In 1986, Mouna Atassi and her sister Mayla opened a small bookshop in their home city of Homs in Syria. Soon it was so popular that they opened a gallery in the attic that functioned not only as an exhibition space, but also as an important gathering place for intellectuals, critics and artists.
Fateh Moudarres, Elias Zayat, Nazir Nabaa and Ahmad Draq Sibai were some of the regular visitors and the Atassis began to collect artworks.
The sisters went their separate ways in the 1990s, with Mayla opening Green Art Gallery in Dubai and Mouna moving her gallery to Damascus, but they.....
It was November 2012 when Mona Atassi and her family watched Syria fall apart. They had understood then that a return was not possible, at least not for years. In those grim moments, Atassi, a stalwart figure of the Syrian and Arab art scenes, felt that she had to set up a foundation to safeguard modern and contemporary Syrian art.
"I just knew I had to do this, it was like a light went on," she recalls. "I wanted to establish something to support and encourage Syrian art, far from the insanity that we were and are still seeing."
This year Art Dubai progresses beyond its infancy stage. Now in its tenth edition the fair is no longer the new kid on the block but still attracts large crowds, established artists and takes on in artistic form some of the challenges that are shaping today’s world.
Atassi Foundation’s inaugural project, A Syrian Chronology, will first be shown as part of Art Dubai Projects (16 - 19 March 2016). Produced by Syrian film director Hala Alabdalla and artist Khaled Barakeh, the commissioned mixed media installation will utilize the Foundation’s extensive archival material from Atassi Gallery’s 30 year history to weave together the story of art in Syria.