Middle Eastern Art

Online, 11-24 November

Christie’s marks this autumn with three innovative online auctions of Middle Eastern Art, showcasing exemplary works from this evolving regional market.

Modern & Contemporary Art Middle Eastern Art offers a diverse selection of contemporary works by modernist icons from across Morocco, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and beyond. Headline lots include works by Farhad Moshiri, Farid Belkahia, Mohamed Melehi, Samia Halaby and Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi, amongst others. With an inaugural design section, curated by architect and interior designer Viktor Udzenija, the sale showcases a range of contemporary reinterpretations and traditional influences with pieces by Ranya Sarakbi, Nada Debs and Hassan Hajjaj.

Matters of Material, is a selling exhibition curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi focusing on supporting diversity in the international contemporary art market while defying stereotypes. Showcasing an intergenerational dialogue between contemporary artists from the Middle East, Africa and Latin America it explores how materials are used and recycled to create powerful statements and works of art. The sale will include works from acclaimed artists such as Monir Farmanfarmaian, Olga de Amaral and Pascale Marthine Tayou among others.

We Are All Beirut, a charity sale in response to the devastating explosion in Lebanon’s capital city in August, offers art, design and jewellery in support of the arts community in Beirut, in collaboration with Beirut-based design and production companies. Proceeds will benefit Arab Fund Arts & Culture (AFAC) and the Lebanese Red Cross to provide relief in rebuilding the art community in Beirut.

Explore our online viewing rooms and related features below, and bid in the sales from 11 November.


  • Mounir Fatmi (Moroccan, b. 1970)

    The Year 0
    coaxial antenna cable and staples in artist’s Plexiglas frame
    63 x 47 ¼ in. (160 x 120 cm.)
    Executed in 2012
    Related sale
    Matters of Material, Online, 11-24 November

  • Ghada Amer (Egyptian, b. 1963)

    The Virgin without the Child
    acrylic, embroidery & gel medium on Canvas
    50 x 42 in. (127 x 106.7 cm)
    Executed in 2016
    Related sale
    Matters of Material, Online, 11-24 November

  • Mohamed Melehi (Moroccan, b. 1936)

    cellulose paint on panel
    58 ⅔ x 47 in. (149 x 119.5 cm.)
    Painted in 1982
    Related sale
    Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern Art, Online, 11-24 November

  • Ranya Sarakbi (Lebanese, b.1973)

    hand assembled cast bronze
    length: 11 meters
    diameter ranges 11-17 cm.
    Related sale
    Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern Art, Online, 11-24 November

  • A pair of purple sapphire and anodized aluminum earrings

    Related sale
    We are all Beruit, Online, 11-24 November

  • Walead Beshty (British b. 1976)

    RA4 Contact Print
    color photographic paper and brushed aluminum frame
    118 x 51 ½ in. (299.7 x 130.8 cm.)
    Executed in 2014
    Related sale
    We are all Beruit, Online, 11-24 November

  • Pierre Paulin (French, 1927-2009)

    Tapis-Siége designed 1972
    laquered wood structure with foam and textile
    14 ½ x 82 ⅔ x 82 ⅔ in. (37 x 210 x 210 cm.)
    Edition Paulin, Paulin, Paulin
    Related sale
    We are all Beruit, Online, 11-24 November

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