Sotheby’s first exhibition of Middle Eastern art in Asia 


For the first time in Asia, Sotheby’s is excited to present an exhibition dedicated to Middle Eastern art: Two Moderns from the Middle East: Reza Derakshani and Alfred Basbous, at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery from 3 to 17 November 2017. The exhibition is guest-curated by international art advisors Arianne Levene Piper and Eglantine de Ganay-d’Espous.

Over the past decade, Middle Eastern art has gained increasing recognition on the stage. It has also begun to catch the attention of Asian collectors, whose tastes have diversified beyond the traditional Asian arts. In response to the region’s growing interest, Sotheby’s will bring to Hong Kong works by two iconic Middle Eastern artists: Lebanese-born modern sculptor Alfred Basbous and Reza Derakshani, one of Iran’s most celebrated living artists.

Two Moderns from the Middle East: Reza Derakshani and Alfred Basbous allows Asian collectors the unique opportunity to discover two uniquely outstanding artists, whilst introducing Middle Eastern art to an even wider global audience. The selling exhibition will offer for sale 12 bronze and marble sculptures by Alfred Basbous, and around 20 new oil-on-canvas works by Reza Derakshani.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery is a state-of-the-art exhibition space in Asia’s art capital. Opened in May 2012, this gallery of more than 15,000 square feet has mounted diverse exhibitions including Asian and international modern and contemporary art, as well as Chinese ceramics, bonsai, 19th-century European decorative arts, sculpture and Asian comic manuscripts. The gallery also presents educational programmes, auctions, and cultural events. As the Asian home to Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wines, Sotheby’s Gallery also offers year-round retail opportunities.


Arianne Levene Piper’s and Eglantine de Ganay-d’Espous’ mutual wish has been to unite their individual skills and experience as art advisors and curators with their knowledge of the global contemporary art world. Together they have curated three exhibitions, namely ‘Made in Iran’ at Asia House, Rashid Rana’s solo show at the Musée Guimet and ‘Lost in Paradise’ at Espace Sevigné.

Arianne and Eglantine have worked together with some of Asia’s leading and most highly respected artists and collectors, both as curators and in ensuring placement of their works amongst the world’s top private and public art collections. With over 15 years of art experience, Arianne was nominated for Art Advisor of the Year at the Spear’s Young Turk Awards in 2012 and has been written about in the Financial Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Huffington Post, The Art Newspaper and more. Eglantine possesses 10 years of experience in the field, and has received coverage from important publications including the title of “golden girl of the art world” inBeaux Art Magazine and has appeared in the Financial Times, The Independent and Le Figaro.