The Farjam Foundation fosters a dialogue between East and West through various cultural initiatives. Since 2008, with the city of Dubai as its base, the Foundation has partnered with local, regional and international organisations to realise this vision.
At the core of the Foundation’s work lies The Farjam Collection, one of the world’s foremost privately owned art collections encompassing Islamic, Middle Eastern and Western art. Its vast Islamic and pre-Islamic section spans the entire history of Islam, comprising a multitude of art forms from manuscripts on science, poetry and mathematics to textiles, metal works, lacquers and fine carpets.
An extensive section is devoted to modern and contemporary art from the Middle East, celebrating leading artists from the region; collected in depth, key works by names like Farhad Moshiri, Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Mounir Fathmi and Abdulnasser Gharem feature prominently. At large, the modern and contemporary art collection includes the principal figures of modern art history, from Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning to Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol, alongside masters of contemporary art such as Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons and Andreas Gursky.
Showcasing artwork drawn from the Collection, The Farjam Foundation’s flagship space in DIFC in Dubai houses a series of rotating thematic exhibitions accompanied by a broad range of educational offerings, including lectures, panel discussions, university workshops and an annual “Art Camp” that provides a unique opportunity for children to interact directly with art and heritage.
In addition, The Farjam Foundation works with leading universities, colleges and cultural organisations, including Zayed University in the UAE, the British Museum and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in the UK, and UNESCO worldwide. These partnerships take the Foundation’s vision forward by engaging broader audiences in the understanding and appreciation of Islamic art and culture.
To further its core mission, The Farjam Foundation aims to expand its outreach projects in the developing world, harnessing the power of art and heritage to bring world civilizations together for a common future.
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