Saleh Barakat, who opened the Agial Gallery in Beirut in 1991, is marking his 25th year of career by launching the Saleh Barakat Gallery this May.
Located in a former cinema, a space that is a landmark of culture in Beirut, this white cube gallery will open its doors on May 20th with a major exhibition of New York-based Lebanese artist Nabil Nahas.
Agial Art Gallery, established in Beirut in 1990, is one of the leading destinations for modern and contemporary art from Lebanon and the Arab world. As a pioneering platform, Agial is showcasing a broad spectrum of regional art, from the most established artists to promising emerging artists, alongside retrospective exhibitions. The permanent collection of the gallery is host to an important historical survey of Middle Eastern art, having incubated and witnessed the profound transformation of artistic practices in one of the world's most dynamic regions.
Beyond the exhibition space in Ras Beirut, Agial is a global presence through participation in art fairs, off-site projects and publications, highlighting the role of the gallery in the promotion of Arab art. Representing artists across different generations, Agial is active in primary and secondary markets, with a roster of artists that has been well placed in institutions and collections, both public and private. Yet the gallery remains an open space for critical debate, cultural dialogue and cutting edge practices.