Pallas Arts, Qatar’s first registered arts brokerage with a mission to help local artists gain international recognition, was officially launched at a press conference in on Sunday.
The details of the new initiative were shared by its founders Mariame Farqane, Lewnis Boudaoui and Alvaro Mejia in the presence of internationally-acclaimed urban artist Cyril Kongo and a number of local artists supporting the latest addition to Qatar’s arts and culture scene.
Also present was Mondrian Doha General Manager Axel Gasser.
Pallas Arts is also aimed at bringing artworks and exhibitions to Qatar through local collaborations such as partnerships with Qatar Museums and Katara as well as to aspire to use art, auctions and exhibitions to support charitable and humanitarian projects in Qatar and overseas.
“We are thrilled to be setting up Pallas Arts, the first art brokerage in Qatar and the latest addition to the country’s thriving cultural landscape. Qatar has quickly established itself as a regional hub for arts and culture and our ambition is to emulate the great arts cities of the world like Paris and New York, right here in Doha,” Farqane said.
The launch was marked with a showcase of Cyril Kongo’s latest project, a custom-painted 1983 Rolls Royce Silver Spur. The exclusive art piece will later go up for auction with proceeds going to charitable causes demonstrating the commitment of Pallas Arts to its desire of using art as a platform to support good causes.
It was announced that Pallas Arts will be funding the education initiative Bab’El Institute, a centre headquartered in Qatar thatwill promote intercultural exchange and education on the connection between Western and Eastern culture. It was also revealed that Pallas Arts will be donating to Education Above All.
“The idea came to us due to our love and understanding of the histories of the West and the East and our desire to encourage cross-cultural cooperation and dialogue. We are excited about the potential of this project. Education is the cornerstone of Bab’El. It would provide life-long education to members and affiliates. We also want to use Bab’El as a tool to help educate disadvantaged young people and orphans to become success stories of tomorrow,” said Boudaoui.
“We have also started to collaborate with various ambassadors in Qatar and working with officials from countries across the world who have expressed their interests in supporting the initiative. In particular, we would like toexpress a special thanks to HE Carlos Hernandez, the Ambassador of Argentina to Qatar, who has been very supportive of our project from the very beginning. We are also delighted and proud that we will be supporting the charitable causes of other local organisations. We will be announcing very soon a sizeable donation from Pallas Arts to Education Above All. We always admire this incredible foundation,” he further added.
While Mejia announced that Pallas Arts’ first pop-up exhibition will open next week in Doha featuring 16 pieces from a range of our artists, local and international.
Pallas Arts’ official music partner is Dana al Fardan. She will be composing pieces for their upcoming events.