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Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris Receives 1,300 Works in Its Largest-Ever Donation

The Lebanese-born dealer and collector Claude Lemand and his wife, France, donated nearly 1,300 works by ninety-four artists of Arab origin to the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris. The Lemands’ gift marks the largest donation ever for the institution, which was founded in 1980 by eighteen Arab countries as a venue where Arab culture could be researched and shared.

The couple also initiated the Claude and France Lemand–IMA Fund, which will be used to secure “acquisitions, organize exhibitions, research works, and publish catalogues,” reads a statement from the IMA. The donation, which includes works by Dia Al-Azzawi, Najia Mehadji, Ahmed Hajeri, Boutros Al-Maari, and Youssef Abdelké, also marks the institution's goal to redevelop its space within two years to become a world-class museum for Arab art.  

“I remain personally very attached to the Arab world,” said Claude Lemand, who runs two galleries in Paris. “The goal of my gallery is to make better known the art of the Arab world to the West.” An exhibition showcasing some of the donated works opened at the museum today and will be on view through March 10, with the remainder being slated to be on rotation.