Barakat is a fifth-generation family-owned and operated enterprise, founded over 125 years ago.
Towards the end of 19th century, the family began amassing a sizable collection of items found in the surrounding hills of their Jordanian farmlands. Soon enough workers, farmers, and merchants from all over the region caught wind of the rapidly growing “Barakat Collection,” and had to see it for themselves. Some wanted to buy, some wanted to sell, some to trade, others wanted to admire, and some to learn. It was clear that this incredible assortment of items was a sustainable business venture as well as a critical cultural archive and forthrightly non-prejudical and creative collecting endeavour.
From these humble beginnings, the Barakat Family have been devoted custodians who provide the platform to preserve and broadcast extraordinary culture from all around the world. Their unprejudicial curiosity, love, and appreciation for art and culture has meant the formation of an extraordinarily diverse collection that encompassing a largely incomparable range of objects – from the mundane to magnificent – drawn from all corners of the globe.
Barakat Contemporary is the only contemporary art branch of the Barakat Gallery, which features some 40,000 museum quality artifacts spanning various times and regions. Barakat Gallery has led the way in exhibiting ancient art and spreading the culture of collecting in (its locations in) Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, and Seoul.
Opened in 2016 in the center of Seoul, Barakat Contemporary is an exhibition space where visitors can appreciate and anticipate the contemporary art that must be taken note of worldwide today. Barakat Contemporary focuses on in-depth research and planning into the important topics in international society and contemporary art, presenting to the domestic and international audience artists who show a humanities-based perspective on the present era. The gallery supports the long-term growth of unique artists from various cultures, including Africa, America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, and offers audiences an uncommon opportunity to explore the contemporary issues arising from the points of contact between each society and culture.