The Salsali Private Museum, or SPM, is a private museum in Alserkal
Avenue established by private collector Ramin Salsali. Born in Tehran
in 1964, Salsali, a businessman and consultant for technological development,
now lives mostly in Dubai, where he dedicates part of his time to being a patron
of the arts. He started collecting at the age of 21.
The museum opened in 2011 and shows parts of Salsali’s collection of over 400
pieces of painting, photography, video art, sculpture and installations. It was
the first contemporary art museum in Dubai. The collection includes artists such
as Sara Rahbar, Fereydoun Ave, Nazif Topcuoglu, Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle,
Jonathan Meese, Fischli & Weiss, Meret Oppenheim, Daniel Richter and others.
Ramin Salsali has a special interest in influencing the burgeoning art scene in
his home country, for example by supporting young Iranian artists. But he is
just as concerned about the Dubai art scene – whence his private museum – and
the projection of Middle Eastern art in the West. He is nurturing plans to build
a museum of contemporary Middle Eastern art in Berlin.
Salsali would like to set an example for other collectors, stimulating them to
turn to patronage. He has offfered to mount exhibitions with the collections of
other collectors, and is stimulating their involvement in the plans for the
museum of modern art revealed by the Emir of Dubai during Art Dubai 2012.
Salsali opened a Facebook page for ‘DMOCA’, the Dubai Museum of Contemporary
Mr. Salsali has been recognized as Patron of the Arts by Sheikh Al Maktoum, the
Ruler of Dubai.
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