See: A selection of Dalloul's collection at Christie's Dubai showroom in DIFC
ArtDayME: These days, A selection of Dalloul's collection titeled "Marhala" which is going to go under the hammer at the London auction, has been exhibited at the Dubai branch of Christie's in DIFC. The exhibition of these works started on October 23 and will continue until October 26. These works will be exhibited in London from November 1 to 8 and will be auctioned on November 9. The auction is listing 48 works, including pieces by Mahmoud Said, Mohamed Melehi, Etel Adnan, Samia Halaby, Dia Al Azzawi, Inji Efflatoun and Ibrahim El-Salahi. “The collection we are selling is probably the strongest and most impressive coming to the market in a long, long time,” Ridha Moumni, deputy chairman of Middle East and North Africa at Christie’s, says. “Almost all the artists we have are superstars.” The Dalloul Collection is regarded as one of the most significant assortments of modern and contemporary Arab art in the world, containing prized pieces from across the Middle East. The collection was started by married art collectors Ramzi Dalloul and Saeda El Husseini Dalloul. The couple began acquiring Arab art in the 1970s; the collection is now overseen by their son, Basel Dalloul, and his Beirut visual arts institution, the Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation (Daf). A highlight of the "Marhala" auction, and the lot with the highest estimate, is Said’s Fille a l’imprime (Girl in a printed dress). The oil painting dates back to 1938, during the height of the Egyptian artist’s output. The work is estimated between $455,000 and $715,000. Two paintings by Marwan Kassab-Bachi, known simply as Marwan, are also featured. Kopf links gedreht (Head turned left) is emblematic of the swirling landscape-like portraits the late Syrian artist is known for. It is estimated between $23,400 and $32,500. Samia Halaby is also represented in the sale through two works. Her Green and Earth, painted in 2014, features her kaleidoscopic, vibrant approach towards abstraction that has become idiosyncratic of her output. The work is estimated between $52,000 and $78,000. A mesmerising work by El-Salahi is estimated between $39,000 and $65,000. Adnan’s Al-Tayyeb Salih, Daw al-Bayt, a piece typifying her coveted leporello book approach, is another of the selection’s prized pieces. A 26-page piece made in 2011 using watercolour and ink on Japanese paper, the work is estimated between $52,000 and $78,000. A selection of the Marhala artworks were displayed at Frieze London, which concluded on Sunday last week.