Interviewed by Natalia Remmer
The phrase "Art does not need to be understood - you just need to love it," is actually the life credo of the entrepreneur Ramin Salsali, for whom his own private museum has become the embodiment of the dream of a lifetime. Today, his collection contains more than 900 works of art, both created by artists with Middle Eastern roots, and selected around the world, only in accordance with the taste preferences of the collector himself.
“I collect what I love,” says Mr. Salsali. “I never use certain schemes. My collection, in which today you can find works by artists such as Reza Derakshani, Sarah Rahbar, Panthea Rahmani, Farzan Sajajdi, Mona Hatum, Kambiz Sabri, Ayman Baalkadi and Hazem Harb, reflect my current passion, my admiration for Middle Eastern art. I visited the Museum of Modern Art in Tehran since childhood. From an early age I learned to appreciate the art and beauty that surrounds us. "
Ramin Salsali is widely known in the Middle East as a patron of art. The Dubai government has repeatedly noted his great contribution to the development of Dubai as a regional art center. “For 12 years, I planned to open a museum in the Middle East. It became the embodiment of my dream. I consider Dubai my home, and it is my responsibility to contribute to its development. It is an open university and a center of excellence, that's why I chose it as a home for my offspring, "explained Ramin Salsali.
According to the philanthropist himself, a museum is not only a temple of tranquility, love and inspiration, but also a bridge between cultures that makes people easier to understand each other. The construction of such a bridge, Salsali notes, is the duty of all the powers that be. “I call for social responsibility of all corporate leaders. Everyone should contribute to the development of art and culture, support of eternal values. Art is a universal language for peaceful communication between cultures, and a museum is the best place to speak this language,” says the philanthropist .
In recent years, the Middle East has built muscle on the world art scene - this was facilitated not only by numerous forums and art exhibitions, but also by the organization of support funds - primarily from the ruling Al Kassimi family in Sharjah. The capital of Abu Dhabi, which also pays great attention to young authors, is not far behind fashion.
"The Middle East, where the revival of art began only 10 years ago, is difficult to compare with Europe and the United States, where traditions have developed for centuries," Salsali argues. -
However, while the share of, for example, the United Arab Emirates is still disproportionately small, the influence of the region, from the point of view of introducing new ideas and introducing new artistic values, is much higher. Contrary to stereotypes, I can say that only a small group of Arab artists create under the influence of Western trends - most of them represent fresh ideas and their own point of view. They have a style that is recognizable today. "
Salsali Private Museum is not only a museum, but also a platform for young collectors, where they can get all the necessary knowledge. It has a collectors lounge. You can even learn in detail how to open your museum. Meanwhile, it is “how to start collecting art” - today one of the most pressing issues in the art world. So why not ask him to the one who devoted his whole life? Ramin Salsali answers this question simply, without going into calculations: “Collect what you like. Be guided by emotions. And constantly study, learn new things. And for a work to become truly valuable for you - you need to be friends with artists, develop together” .
Already on September 15, Salsali Private Museum will open a new art season and continue the mission to popularize art. In addition to the Middle East, the work of European artists will be demonstrated here in the new year, so that art will again go beyond the geographical borders of the region.
Salsali Private Museum is located in the Alserkal Avenue art quarter, in the Al Kuz district. Open from Saturday to Thursday, from 10.00 to 19.00.