After concluding its Gender, Wars and Chadors series of panel discussions at Art Basel 41, Canvas raises awareness on the vastness and importance of sculptures along the Jeddah corniche through its panel discussion, Public Art in Jeddah at Art Basel Miami Beach. How did sculptures by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and others end up on Jeddah's corniche in the 1970s? What cultural initiatives are happening locally? Find out from Hani M S Farsi, Art Patron, London and Mona Khazindar, Head of Exhibitions & Collections - Contemporary Art, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. Panel moderated by Ali Khadra, Founder and Publisher of Canvas magazine, Dubai.

Date: Thursday 2 December 2010
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Place: Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Salon, Miami Beach Convention Centre

This event is open to the public. For more information contact Sara Yassine on or +971 50 4592604.

Hani M S Farsi | Art Patron | London
Born in Jeddah and educated in the USA, Hani Farsi is a leading London-based collector of Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern and European art. After moving to London in 1993, he joined the board of London's acclaimed Donmar Warehouse Theatre. Farsi is currently CEO of Corniche Group and is a Managing Partner of Le Pacte, a respected European distributor of independent films. For almost 20 years he has curated and enlarged the Farsi Collection, begun by his father, Dr Mohammad Said Farsi, who, as Lord Mayor of Jeddah, oversaw a unique beautification programme of public art that has left the Saudi city with a priceless legacy.

Mona Khazindar | Head of Exhibtions and Collections, Contemporary Art, Institut du Monde Arabe | Paris

Curator of the Department of Contemporary art and photography in the museum of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris since 1987, Saudi Mona Khazindar graduated in comparative literature from the American University in Paris and later obtained her postgraduate degree in contemporary and modern history from the Sorbonne. Khazindar has edited the monograph of the Egyptian sculptor Adam Henein in English, French and Arabic. She has been appointed co-curator of the first Saudi pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. She is also vice-president of the Al-Mansouria Foundation for Culture and Creativity, a non-profit cultural foundation which aims to promote Saudi and Arab Contemporary art.

Founder and Publisher, Canvas Magazine | Dubai
In 2004, Ali Khadra founded the boutique publishing house Mixed Media Publishing and launched its flagship title, Canvas. As the premier magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab world, Canvas has received international acclaim and has established itself as a catalyst on the global art scene. Khadra has expanded the business to include contract publishing, Canvas Folios, art and luxury consultancy, Canvas Education and a creative art marketing agency. Furthermore, Khadra has participated in numerous international conferences and panels on the topic of Middle Eastern art. Spaces are limited! Please ensure you arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes before the start of the panel.

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