Being Abdul Rahman Katanani

This issue is dedicated to the remarkable Palestinian artist Abdul Rahman Katanani, delving into transformative moments that influenced his artistry and character.


Cultural Narratives

Drawing on centuries of tradition and know-how, artists from the Middle-East have created works that reflect their rich culture and transcend regional boundaries. This new, extensive collection of artworks by established and emerging talents from the region provides a breathtaking visual map of the Middle Eastern art world, with unique works from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, UAE and Sudan. As it travels around the globe, the show shines the spotlight on the great artistic contributions of the region, while transmitting the exceptional character of each country represented. Established, mid career and emerging artists from the Arab world and Middle East are welcome to participate in Selections Cultural Narrative exhibitions.



Nebula, Vania Vaneau


  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will open new galleries for Art of the Islamic Worlds featuring Iranian Art on Extended Loan from the Afshar Collection and Selections from the Museum’s Holdings.
  • Historic Saudi Airlines Aircraft lands at Jeddah Airport in symbolic gesture of national unity ahead of World-First Islamic Arts Biennale.
  • Save the Date: Contemporary Istanbul 2023. When and where will the 18th edition of the Contemporary Istanbul take place?
  • Manuel Borja-Villel (1957, Burriana, Spain) leaves his charge as the director of Reina Sofia Museum after 15 years. Where will he be next and who will be replacing him?
  • “Generations”, Khaled Takreti, on permanent show at Mathaf.



The 4th edition of the Menart Fair offered a unique and diverse experience. Over 31 galleries from 11 countries have converged in Paris to showcase Art and design from the Middle East and North Africa. The event displayed a blend…

We Design Beirut is an annual four-day design event scheduled to take place from October 27 to 30, 2023, right in the heart of Beirut. This multidisciplinary experience is dedicated to celebrating and promoting design and creativity. The program features…



Anachar Basbous’s Sculptures Soothe And Enchant Me; They Make Me Dream And Carry Me Far Away. They Are Made With Human Hands And A Celestial Spirit. They Belong To A Culture Of Magical Objects: Their Forms Are Modern And Universal.…



Tensions calmées, a modern masterpiece from 1937 encapsulates Wassily Kandinsky’s extraordinary vision which continues to have a profound influence on generations of artists that have followed. No artist played a greater role in the development and emergence of abstraction than…

Wassily Kandinsky, Tensions calmées, 1937. Oil on canvas, 89.3 x 116.6 cm


Curated By Menat Art Fair 2023

Curated By Menart Fair 2023  The MENART FAIR is a global exhibition of modern and contemporary art, showcasing works by artists from the Middle East and North Africa, handpicked by highly regarded galleries. These artists hail from countries in the…

Dr Abdellah Karroum, 2018. Photo by Dimitri Salomao


CROSSING WORLDS, CURATING WORLD Art could be anything imagined as such by anyone able to perceive the world through this same “anything”: a painting, a combination of movements, a group of composed words, a selected object. Curating often comes after…

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim studio


In an attempt to delve into the private universe of artists and art collectors, Selections is exploring the sanctuaries of various men and women, some living and others who have passed away, and shedding light on places that remain out…



SELECTIONS is a platform for the arts, focusing on the Arab World.

Selections editorial presents a quarterly print magazine and weekly online publication with high quality content on all subjects related to Art and Culture. Full of world-leading artworks, exquisite brand imagery, original creative illustrations and insightful written articles.
Selections Viewing Rooms presents carefully curated online art shows aiming not only to shed light on contemporary art executed by living artists, but also for viewers to buy contemporary fine art, prints & multiples, photography, street art and collectibles.
Discover the previous and current shows here.
Cultural Narratives foundation is an extensive collection that is travelling the world by leading established and emerging talents aiming to reflect the culture of the region in their works.


Being Abdul Rahman Katanani: A Tale of Transformation and Inspiration by Saleh Barakat

“Abdul Rahman immediately impressed me with his way of thinking, how he was determined to become an artist, and his belief that it was possible.” My first meeting with Abdul Rahman Katanani was at the recommendation of a friend, Mrs…

‘Sayfiye Aesthetic’ by Libaniz Niche at TakeOver Beirut

From the 28th of July and throughout August, Libaniz Niche has transformed the Takeover Beirut space with an interactive scenography, taking their unpublished Instagram posts to a whole new level. ‘Sayfiye Aesthetic’, Libaniz Niche’s 2D meme format, will capture the…

Being Abdul Rahman Katanani: The Great Art of Adventure by Serwan Barren

Let me begin by saying that I have been following the works of the artist Abdul Rahman Katanani from the beginning. And while first and foremost he is my friend, I was also one of the first admirers of his…

‘Summer 2023’ at Art on 56th

“SUMMER 2023” assembles an eclectic array of artists from Art on 56th for a summer exhibition spotlighting both emerging and established talents from the Middle East. The roster features artists such as Elias Ayoub, Saoud Abdallah, Safaa Al Set, Haibat…

Contemporary Istanbul 2023

The 18th edition of Contemporary Istanbul is scheduled from September 28 to October 1, 2023, featuring preview days on September 26 and 27. The event boasts 75 galleries and initiatives from 22 countries at the historical Tersane Istanbul, a former…

Being Abdel Rahman Katanani: Fruits of Labour

In an exclusive interview, Abdul Rahman Katanani looks back on his inspiring journey from a childhood growing up in Lebanon’s Sabra refugee camp to becoming the acclaimed artist he is today. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. I was born on September…

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