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 section spans the entire history of Islam, comprising a multitude of art forms from manuscripts on science, poetry and mathematics to textiles, metal works, paintings, sculptures, lacquers and fine carpets.

Uniquely, an extensive section of The Farjam Collection is devoted to modern and contemporary art from the Middle East, celebrating leading artists such as Abbas Kiarostami, Shirin Neshat and Farhad Moshiri from the Iranian selection, Susan Hefuna, Monir Fatmi and Abdul Nasser Gahrem from the Arab section, and Gulay Semercioglu, Devrim Erbil and Bahar Oganer from the Turkish cultures. As broad as it excels in depth, the international art collection includes 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 DIFC space houses a series of alternating thematic exhibitions accompanied by a broad range of educational offerings, including lectures, panel discussions, workshops and an annual “Art Camp” that provide a unique opportunity for children to interact directly with art and heritage.

In addition, The Farjam Foundation works with leading universities, colleges and cultural organizations, 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 a broader audience 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.

For regular updates on our exhibitions, events and programmes, please explore our website or follow us on Facebook.

All exhibitions and programmes are free and open to the public.