NEO-SURREALISM AT THE AÏSHTI FOUNDATION
Sixty artists and more than 240 contemporary works recently acquired by Tony and Elham Salamé for the Aïshti Foundation are going to be the talk of the town this weekend.
On the occasion of the opening of the new exhibition The Trick Brain, elite artists, gallery owners, museum directors, curators and media from around the world will gather at the space to discover, discuss and celebrate the new additions.
Borrowing its title from a video installation by Ed Atkins, the star of the collection, the exhibition, led by curator Massimiliano Gioni, who is also director of the New Museum of New York, establishes unique connections among figurative works with neo-surrealist inspiration.
The Trick Brain is the third exhibition of a series of artworks from the Tony and Elham Salamé collection at the Aïshti Foundation, recently opened in Beirut, and designed by David Adjaye. The latest exhibition follows the inaugural New Skin, which showcases the intersection between abstraction and information in contemporary painting. The second exhibit, Good Dreams, Bad Dreams – American Mythologies, focuses on contemporary American culture. The Trick Brain highlights the similarities and contrasts among a group of artists of all generations fascinated by the cacophonic and collegial experience of life in the digital age.
Among the artists attending the opening are Andra Ursuta, Jeremy Deller, Yngve Holen, Michael Williams, and others. Gallery directors Massimo de Carlo, Anton Kern, Gagozian, Eva Presenhuber, Max Hetzler, Xavier Hufkens, Ramiken, Blaize Lehane and Commissioners Peter Doreshenko (Dallas Contemporary), Lionel Bouvier (MAMCo of Geneva) the director of Sotheby’s, the European contemporary art section, and Martin Klosterfelde will also be present during the inauguration. Other attendees who happen to be some of the greatest international collectors will have their identities kept secret. Journalists from Point de Vue, New York Magazine, L’Officiel Art, Kalesidoscope, Forbes, The Art Newspaper, Les Inrocks, Newyorker, RFI and RTL will cover the event.