Yasmin Atassi is the Director of Green Art Gallery in Dubai, UAE. The gallery's program features artists working across diverse media, whose practices are rigorously researched, idea-led, and representative of our current moment. The gallery now represents a multi-generational mix of artists from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and beyond, including Turkish artists Hale Tenger and Hera Büyüktasciyan; Iranian artists Kamrooz Aram and Nazgol Ansarinia; and Shadi Habib Allah, Seher Shah, and Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck.
Since 2010, Green Art Gallery has participated in various international and regional art fairs including Art Basel, Liste, miart, Art Dubai, Moving Image Fair in London, Art Hong Kong, Artissima Art Fair, Art Brussels, and Fiac's (Off)icielle.
Your secret art venue when you seek peace and quiet
The Neue Galerie in New York. it’s a beautiful serene little townhouse museum that always has such special exhibitions. The last time I was there there was a wonderful show on Russian modernism.
The best food experience in an art space
I don’t usually eat in Museums but the top floor at Centre Pompidou is pretty good!
A museum gift shop that you never leave empty handed
The Pompidou for sure.
Your museum with a wow-factor
You can’t get more wow than at the MET in NY. You can get lost there for hours and their Islamic art section is amazing, they have a wonderful Damascus Room.
Please share with us a special personal memory related to a museum experience
Recently I was in Belgium and I went to a visit a beautiful small museum called the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens. Built in residential part of the Ghent countryside, the museum was so beautiful, simple and serene with nothing else to attract your attention other than the great exhibitions. It’s a small simple building that has no bookstore, no coffee shop, nothing. It’s just a place to make great shows. When I was there they had an excellent two person show for Julie Mehretu & Jessica Rankin. Before that they had a solo for Ryan Gander. That visit reminded me what museum are essentially for: to see great art and to feel inspired.