The Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar has been created to support Iranian contemporary art and culture, facilitating its advancement on a global scale. It is a true example of social responsibility and commitment, contributing to the development of creativity for Iranian artists of all communities. Established and based strategically in the Principality of Monaco, the foundation serves as the cultural headquarters providing a gateway between Iran and Europe as well as the world. Unique in its nature, reinforcement and support system, this non-political foundation is focusing on the introduction of the necessary alternative mindset towards Iran.

Founded by Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, the Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar focuses on the universal code of the art language, working close with select talents and artists in order to bring forth new inspirational sources and a forward looking way of thinking. The foundation also carries an independent mission in supporting selected young talents giving them a voice on a global scale, as well as the needed support in order for these talented individuals to flourish, prosper and find their place in the contemporary art world.
Over the past fifteen years, the ever-expanding permanent art collection of the Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar has been delicately built with a pioneering spirit, focusing on works that go in line with the primary goals of the foundation. Motivated by challenging stereotypical beliefs and opinions about Iran, every acquisition in the collection was inspired by the presentation and exploration of new ideas and perspectives where a new way of thinking is key.

The Award is the foundation’s expression of the commitment to its objectives. The award focuses on vital topics related to Iran, which demand or require attention today, giving a voice on a global scale to the artists who are being true revolutionaries or pioneers – awakening, informing, influencing, exploring solutions for a better future with their works.

The Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar is run by gallerist and curator Maria Behnam-Bakhtiar, who is guided by passion and broad-mindedness for new and constructive ways to expand the understanding of the world towards Iran, its art, heritage and culture.