The Farjam Foundation is a private, non-profit, non-governmental organization. Engaging and fostering a cross-cultural dialog, inspired through art and culture, is an integral part of the Foundation’s purpose and mission. The Foundation’s private art collection, The Farjam Collection, accentuates the core of the Foundation’s work, featuring Islamic and pre-Islamic, Contemporary Middle Eastern, as well as Modern and Contemporary Art.
Embarking on a timeless journey through the history of art, the Collection embodies a fusion of cultures and traditions between East and West. The Islamic section encompasses the entire history of Islam, assimilating an array of objects produced from Andalusia to Mughal Indian territories. The assortment of treasures include: Islamic manuscripts, miniatures and illustrated books on science, mathematics and poetry, as well as finely decorated metalwork, lacquer, glasswork, tiles, glazed pottery, woodwork, textiles, coins, jewelry, and fine carpets.
The Modern and Contemporary Middle-Eastern section of the Collection is the foremost of its kind, comprised of iconic works by the modern masters of the region. From established to emerging to cutting edge, the artists featured mirror the rich, dynamic Middle-Eastern art scene.
The Modern and Contemporary section of the Collection include major pieces from the Impressionist, Expressionist, Modern, Pop, Minimalist and Conceptual art movements. Its expanding range of works embrace internationally recognized Modern and Contemporary masters such as, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Joan Miro, Fernand Leger, Alberto Giacometti, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Anselm Kiefer, Anish Kapoor and Gerhard Richter.
The Farjam Foundation participates with local universities and international institutions to encourage and develop a cultural understanding through education and artistic dialogue. The Foundation hosts tours and specialized programmes for young scholars and universities. Its initiatives enhance a broader understanding of global differences through a curriculum of artistic programmes, promoting tolerance between nations.
Since its inception, The Foundation has collaborated in a variety of meaningful projects with renowned organizations, working alongside the United Nation’s World Food Program, the Dubai Cares Foundation, The Prince of Wales Charity Trust and other international charitable institutions. The Farjam Foundation is a patron of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and underwrites the post of Farjam Curator of Islamic Arts at the British Museum. Its principal objective is to connect the world through cultural, intellectual, and educational experiences.
All exhibitions and programmes are free, non-political and open to the public. The Farjam Foundation’s flagship DIFC space houses a series of alternating thematic exhibitions to showcase the Collection and related educational programmes to the public.