Dubai – Christie’s is pleased to announce two key appointments to its Middle East leadership team: Dr. Ridha Moumni has been promoted to Vice President, Christie’s Middle East and North Africa, effective immediately , and Meagan Kelly Horsman has been appointed Managing Director, Christie’s Middle East, joining the company on May 23, 2022.
Anthea Peers, Christie’s new President for Europe, Middle East and Africa, has identified the Middle East market as a strategic priority for the company, and these two important management announcements underscore the Christie’s commitment to further invest in this area.
In his new role as Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, Ridha Moumni will assume responsibility for commercial strategy in the region, with particular emphasis on the Gulf and North Africa, among others. He will strive to expand and enhance Christie’s profile and portfolio of offerings while promoting the company’s diverse business. Ridha was previously Christie’s Senior Client Advisor for the Middle East, joining the firm after leaving the art history department at Harvard University, where he was an Aga Khan Scholar.
Meagan Kelly Horsman brings to Christie’s her extensive experience in collection management and development for some of the most important collections in the United Arab Emirates. Based in the region since 2010, Ms. Kelly Horsman previously worked in the primary art market, beginning her career in the art world at Bonham’s. Meagan has also held numerous exhibitions, taught short courses related to the art business, and created an organized print fair on Al Serkal Avenue.
Anthea Peers, President of Christie’s EMEA, said: “Joining Christie’s London 16 years ago, I vividly remember the excitement as we approached the first auction we held in Dubai, May 2006. This expansion and other successes in the region, as we forged relationships across the region, remains critical to the business, and the Middle East has always been at the forefront of my mind. It is therefore an even greater pleasure to announce these new leadership appointments so soon in my new role as President, Christie’s EMEA. There will be more news to come in the weeks and months to come, underscoring the strong investment Christie’s will continue to make in the region in the future.
Christie’s office in Dubai is home to two specialist departments dedicated to watches and Middle Eastern art, as well as a special events team, led by new Managing Director Itziar Salgado. In addition to its core team of colleagues based in Dubai, Christie’s engages and leads a strong network of consultants across the region and receives full support from senior colleagues across the business, including Dr. Bertold Müller, Managing Director of Christie’s EMEA; and a highly qualified team of managers, client advisors and specialists in Islamic art, 20th/21st century art, old masters and collections.
Presence of Christie in the region
Bringing together and serving clients across the Middle East from its galleries in the Dubai International Financial Center, Christie’s Dubai serves as a hub for watches and Middle Eastern art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Each year, Christie’s Dubai Watches bi-annual auctions regularly achieve outstanding results, including the world record in 2021 for the most expensive watch ever sold at auction in the Middle East: a rare Patek Philippe Ref. 5002P-001 Sky Moon Tourbillon that made history when it sold for US$1.6 million.
In response to the growing international appetite for 20th and 21st century Middle Eastern art, Christie’s continues to engage and connect with global audiences in London, hosting an annual auction during Frieze Week each October, where distinguished private collections are offered alongside extraordinary works by modern artists and contemporary masters. In addition to hosting a regular program of Middle Eastern auctions, Christie’s often presents educational and academic initiatives, including exhibitions and seminars throughout the region. To date, Christie’s has also helped raise over US$30 million for charity in the Middle East.
In 2021, Christie’s participated in the Riyadh International Book Fair (November) and organized an exhibition and sale of works by African artists from the 1957 gallery at Christie’s Dubai (December). In March 2022, Christie’s presented two exhibitions in its DIFC galleries during Art Dubai, including Block To partya non-selling NFT exposure and Rock party, a private sale exhibition. In April, Christie’s Dubai unveiled and announced to the world The rock— the largest white diamond ever auctioned.
Biography of Dr. Ridha Moumni
Dr. Ridha Moumni is an art and archeology historian with an academic and professional specialization in antiquity and ancient and modern art. He got his doctorate. in North African Roman architecture at the University of La Sorbonne before joining the Villa Medici as a member of the French Academy. He returned to Tunis in 2014, where he worked as an independent research-based curator and curated photography and modern art exhibitions, including The Awakening of a Nation in 2016 (The Awakening of a Nation: Art at the Dawn of Modern Tunisia), where he posted the first abolition of slavery and the first constitution in the Arab world. Prior to joining Christie’s, Ridha was an Aga Khan Fellow in the Department of Art History at Harvard University. Ridha recently co-wrote Artists from Tunisia (Cérès Editions, 2019) with Elsa Despiney, a book on Tunisian visual artists from the 19th century to the Revolution, and is currently working on a book project exploring the collections of the Bardo National Museum.
Biography of Meagan Kelly Horsman
Meagan Kelly Horsman moved to Dubai in 2010, quickly establishing a strong network with private and public institutions, art collectors, artists and gallerists in the region. Throughout her career, Meagan has been responsible for placing key works of art from the region in important private and public collections, including the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; The British Museum, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the USA as well as the Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi. In addition, she was responsible for coordinating loans to key international and regional institutions, managing collections including acquisition, identifying restoration needs, implementing new collections and analysis of the art market. Meagan studied Art History at the University of Glasgow and has particular expertise in the art of the Middle East, North Africa and Iran.
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