About

Saradar Collection is an initiative built around a private collection with a public mission to preserve, study and share modern and contemporary art from Lebanon. Continuously expanding, the collection contains more than 250 works of art by over 40 artists dating from 1917 until today. While focused primarily on Lebanese artists, Saradar Collection also contains artworks by regional and international artists with ties to Lebanon. Encompassing both traditional and new media, the collection includes works on paper, painting, photography, video, installation and sculpture.

Initiated by Mario Saradar in 2012, Saradar Collection is part of Marius Saradar Holding, a family-owned business. It started as a desire to address the lack of institutional collections in the country and to share local artwork with the public. As international interest in Lebanese art is increasing, the initiative's aim is to support local artists and ensure that a significant part of the country’s artistic heritage is preserved and shared.

Saradar Collection continues to grow in both the acquisition of works and the development of critical thinking and knowledge around the artworks, and more broadly, art in Lebanon. In addition to making the collection available to the public through the website and exhibition loan program, the collection is also the starting point for programming and research. This includes expanding the archive with previously published texts, commissioning essays and videos, publishing comprehensive books and organizing public and staff programming.
Mario Saradar

Mario Saradar The Founder

Mario Saradar represents the third generation of a family of bankers. In 1992, at the age of 25, he took on the role of leading the family business following the sudden death of his father, Joe Saradar. For more than two decades, Mario has successfully diversified the family business beyond the banking sector, mainly through financial services, real estate business and distribution.
Today Mario Saradar is Chairman-CEO of Marius Saradar Holding (MSH), and serves as the Chairman-CEO of Saradar Bank.
Particularly keen on encouraging Lebanese talent from different fields such as art and sports, Mario Saradar has been involved in the cultural scene for many years, and has supported projects and exhibitions organized in Lebanon and abroad. The creation of the Saradar Collection is the outcome of his desire to ensure a legacy of art in Lebanon.
Lina Kiryakos

Lina Kiryakos Chairwoman, General Manager

Since the launch of the Saradar Collection in 2012, Lina Kiryakos has been leading its implementation and guiding its evolution.
Having both a Financial and Legal academic background, Lina holds a Masters in Economics and Financial Management from Paris-Dauphine University-France, and a Masters in Law from USJ, Beirut. She has also acquired substantial academic and professional experience in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from USJ, Beirut prior to taking on her position at the Saradar Collection. With a growing interest in Fine Arts, she completed the Master's program in Curatorial Studies at USJ- Beirut. Her diverse education and interests have helped her manage and steer the Saradar Collection.
Sandra Dagher

Sandra Dagher Artistic Director

Conceptualizing, organizing and programming cultural projects for over 18 years, Sandra Dagher is a cultural practitioner who lives and works between Paris and Beirut. From 2000 to 2007, she was the owner and manager of Espace SD, a private space that presented fine arts exhibitions, a permanent showcase of Lebanese designers and multi-disciplinary events. In 2007, Dagher was the co-commissioner and co-curator of the first Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Two years later, she co-founded the Beirut Art Center (BAC), a non-profit space and platform dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon. She held the position of co-director at BAC until 2014 and currently serves as a board member. She was an inaugural committee member for the Saradar Collection until 2015, when she took the role of Advisor and then Artistic Director.
 

The Advisory Committee

In 2012, a committee of Lebanese and international experts was formed to advise on the acquisition of artworks that would become the foundation for Saradar Collection. Presently, the advisory committee duties have expanded to giving direction, recommendations and expertise on both programming and acquisitions. Every year, a guest member is invited to add new perspectives and knowledge.
  • Gregory Buchakjian Art Historian and Photographer

  • Catherine David Curator, Deputy Director of Centre Pompidou

  • Jessica Morgan Curator, Director of Dia Art Foundation

  • Joe Tarrab Art Critic

Guest Committee Member

  • 2018-2019 | Achim Borchardt-Hume Curator, Director of Exhibitions and Programmes at Tate Modern

Previous Committee Members

  • 2012-2018 | Christine Tohme Curator, Founder and Director of Ashkal Alwan

  • 2017-2018 | Tarek Abou El Fetouh Curator

  • 2012-2015 | Saleh Barakat Founder and Director of Agial Gallery and Saleh Barakat Gallery

  • 2016-2017 | Kristine Khouri Researcher, Co-Founder of History of Arab Modernites in the Visual Arts Study Group