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What’s up with the Beirut Art Fair ~ part two

Lebanese galleries deployed the local art community’s energy and creativity through works that had, often, been previously shown in Beirut: one familiar with the city’s art scene was in for few surprises. Overall,  the offerings hardly provided consistent aesthetic, emotional or intellectual challenges. For every one of the several bright spots, there were, as a… Continue reading What’s up with the Beirut Art Fair ~ part two

art fair

What’s up with the Beirut Art Fair ~ part one

Impala’s Snoozy (2018) as a randomly chosen allegory for something. Now in its ninth edition, the Beirut Art Fair is finding its way towards maturity, providing a showcase for local galleries while also endeavouring to introduce to Beirut a medley of foreign ones, and effectively acting towards a project to help Beirut become a prominent… Continue reading What’s up with the Beirut Art Fair ~ part one

exhibition review

Art’s on Fire with Jean Boghossian

A flock of very sweaty yet very chic stiletto-clad, expertly made-up and coiffed ladies, and dapper gentlemen, ascended the four floors of the old L’Orient-Le Jour newspaper building, in downtown Beirut, making up for a jarring dichotomy between their elegance and the  decrepitude of the setting. Standing on the rooftop overlooking Beirut’s outdoors shopping mall,… Continue reading Art’s on Fire with Jean Boghossian

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To Build and to Destroy: Josef Koudelka’s The Wall / Beirut at Dar El-Nimer

Veteran Czech-French photographer Josef Koudelka’s camera connects two places, two times, and two tragedies. The first one takes place in Israel and Palestine, and is symbolised by the construction of the wall separating them, in a series of panoramic pictures taken between 2008 and 2012. They are pictures of a land we — the Lebanese… Continue reading To Build and to Destroy: Josef Koudelka’s The Wall / Beirut at Dar El-Nimer