As the first days of the new year are upon us, we take the opportunity to review what has passed over the last 12 months and what is to come.  I am sure like me, 2016 was a very busy year for you, if not a tumultuous one too.  Looking back, I am proud to have curated shows in London and New York, curated an auction in Beirut, and attended numerous exhibitions and art fairs around the world.

This year, I am planning to curate a number of exhibitions and fairs, the first of which is an exhibition for four Iranian artists at the Gerald Moore Gallery in L ondon in February, which coincides with an exhibition on Matisse at the gallery.  More details to follow soon.

Our Top Events this month, as usual, feature a wide range of exhibitions focusing on the Middle East and we are pleased to announce that works by JRFA artists Hojat Amani and Mahmood Sabzi are included in the exhibition at the University of Connecticut

The New Year is always a time for retrospection and hope and we have therefore put together a small selection of highlights from 2016 together with summaries of what lies in store for 2017.  

We wish you and your family a very happy 2017 from all at JRFA

Bread & Salt
 A joint Exhibition between Iran and Austria
Lajevardi Foundation, from 23 September 2016, Tehran, Iran.
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The Rise of a Nation
Art at the Dawn of a Modern Tunisia  (1837-1881)
Qsar es-Said Palace, 27 November 2016 - 27 February 2017, Tunis, Tunisia. More here
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, 11 December 2016 - 19 January, 2017, Tehran, Iran. More here

The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, January 26 - March 12, 2017, Connecticut, US. More here

Jewelled Tales Of Libya
An exhibition featuring antique Libyan silver Jewellery as well as vintage and recent photography by Sassi Harib
Arab British Centre, 19 - 27 January 2017, London, UK. More here

Soheila Sokhanvari, Paradise Lost
Project Space, Jerwood Space, 9 January - 13 May 2017, London, UK. More here

Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art (Berkeley, CA)
Graduate Theological Union's Doug Adams Gallery, 31 January - 26 May 2017, California, US. More here

With the beginning of the New Year, we take a close look at what happened in Middle Eastern art and the broader art world in 2016 and what 2017 will bring for us this year. 
Middle Eastern Art specialist Masa Al-Kutoubi
Arabic translators did far more than just preserve Greek philosophy.
In European antiquity, philosophers largely wrote in Greek. Even after the Roman conquest of the Mediterranean and the demise of paganism, philosophy was strongly associated with Hellenic culture.  More here
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