Andrée Sfeir-Semler is an art historian who founded her eponymous gallery in Germany in 1985. Twenty
years later, in 2005, she opened a second gallery in Beirut, transforming a defunct factory into the first
white cube space in the Middle East. She studied History and History of Art & earned her PhD in 1980.
Sfeir-Semler Gallery has been mainly representing conceptual and minimal artists. Since 2003 the gallery
has focused on contemporary art from the Arab World and has been instrumental in launching and
developing the careers of numerous artists from the region like Etel Adnan, Walid Raad, Akram Zaatari,
Wael Shawky, Yto Barrada, Rabih Mroue & Rayyane Tabet to name a few.
Updated November 2020