exhibition review

Fabricating illusions with nineteenth-century photographs at the Sursock Museum

Unidentified author, Beirut, c. 1900. Painting on glass for light projection. La Fabrique des illusions is as fascinating as it is exhausting, as didactic as it is artistic, opening up an entire world of documents, testimonies to conceptions of times and places that have much more often been written about than shown. La Fabrique des illusions… Continue reading Fabricating illusions with nineteenth-century photographs at the Sursock Museum

exhibition review

Laure et Mazen, le couple artistique de l’année

They fight recurrently, but forgive one another just as readily. They meet up briefly only to separate again for months. They never really got used being apart, and everything reminds them from one another. This is the story of a mother and a son, one witnessed recurrently throughout the vicissitudes of Lebanese — and other places' — history,… Continue reading Laure et Mazen, le couple artistique de l’année

casual remarks, exhibition review

In Defense of Le Salon d’Automne du Musée Sursock

For now close to six decades, the Salons d’Automne du Musée Sursock have been perpetuating the grand French Beaux-Arts tradition of the annual juried collective exhibition, a model for exhibitions in Lebanon since the late 1930s. Although the name, Salon, and the concept, could be construed as a relic of another age, the Sursock Museum appropriated… Continue reading In Defense of Le Salon d’Automne du Musée Sursock

exhibition review

Chasing Light with Joseph Sassine

Nowhere is it fully clear, in Joseph Sassine’s body of work, how his works embody a quest for light. Yet, there are a few memorable moments, such as  the couple of works in which the experimentation with matter takes precedence over that of the sign, and where Sassine assembles pieces of unexpected materials, such as… Continue reading Chasing Light with Joseph Sassine