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Beirut Art Critics

Dear BACritics readers,

We have lost full access to our blog.

In fact, the creation of “artsbeirut.wordpress.com” was an exercise during a course at university. We took this exercise far beyond the classroom walls and was a start of a dream come true. Being able to assist to many exhibitions and contribute to the Lebanese cultural scene was exciting and full of bright surprises and enriching experience. The part that allowed all contributors to have access to this one blog, was the teacher, that is surprisingly not responsive to our requests to gain full access to this blog. Having full access will enable us to take it a step further. Perhaps, he also lost access to his email, phone etc.

Due to these circumstances, we ask you to follow us on Facebook to keep up with our news. Eventually, a new blog or website will be created to keep in touch with you.

Thank you.

For those who would like to know a little bit more about us, you can read this brief in french from the Agenda Culturel

Contact us on beirutartcritics.mail@gmail.com


“An anthem of life” art for a good cause


On Wednesday 9 March 2016, Cynthia Sarkis Perros – LUXURY LIMITED EDITION will be launching ART FOR LIFE, a yearly art exhibition aiming to benefit a non-lucrative organization with more than 100 Lebanese artists including painters, sculptors and photographers at the modern LE YACHT CLUB-BEIRUT gallery in Zaitunay Bay.

This year, ART FOR LIFE will be raising funds for TAMANNA, a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

This event will host an extensive guest list including top VIP’s, businessmen, art collectors, the media and the bloggers for a common cause, which is TO NEVER GIVE UP.


SCUDERIA LEBANON SAL, will be present with their latest Ferrari models displayed within the gallery.

BSL BANK, a consistent supporter of cultural events and Lebanese artists, will partner up with ART FOR LIFE on this occasion.

ANTOINE HAKIM JOAILLIERS will add their own touch in celebrating life through arts and jewelry.

Sincere gratitude goes to all the artists and to the LEBANESE ARTISTS ASSOCIATION OF PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS – LAAPS for their gracious contribution to this exhibition.

ART FOR LIFE will be open to the public from 10 to 13 March from 11 AM to 8 PM.


Ahlam Abbas, May Abboud, Mohammad Abdallah, Hana Abdel Khalek, Daisy Abi Jaber, Daad Abi Saab Souki, Nizar Abou Kays, Sacha Abou Khalil, Sara Abou Mrad, Jad Abou Zeki, Layla Almoussawi, Georges Amatoury, Rania Amro, Rima Amyuni, Youssef Aoun, Maria Arida, Aziza Assad, Rima Assi Dalloul, Maher Attar, Assem Ayoub, Alfred Badr, Badre Badre, Haibat Balaa Bawwab, Bénédicte Bali, Noura Baydoun, Elie Bekhazi, Zaher El Bizri, Rania Bohlok, Rached Bohsali, Bokja Design, Roula Chamseddine, Fouad Chehab, Wafica Chehab, Roula Chreim, Mahmoud Daoud, Hiba Darwish, Elias Dib, Mona Ezzedine, Leone Fabiano, Imad Fakhri, Amal Fakih, Joseph Faloughi, Charbel Fares, Rima Farroukh, Aline Fattal, Vanessa Gemayel, Hala Gharzeddine, Layal Gholam, Elsa Ghossoub, Mansour El Habre, Maya Hage, Nasser Al Halabi, Kameel Hawa, Najla Hobeiche, Assia Hobeika Massabki, Mohamed Hourani, Hania Husami, Emile Issa, Darine Jaber, Sayde Jabra, Yahya Al Jamal, Nada Karam, Pierre Karam, Zohrab Keshishian, Mona Kabbani Khater, Suzanne Khairallah, Sarah Khayat, Haifa Khodr Husni Bey, Alexandre Khoury, Charles Khoury, Jad El Khoury, Adel Kodeih, Sahar Labban, Nabil Melki, George Merheb, Simon Mhanna, Lydia Moawad, Iman Mokadam, Véra Mokbel, Vicky Mokbel, Jinan Moussa, Alberto Nehme, Randa Nehme, Samira Nehme, Youssef Nehme, Yasmina Nysten, Soraya Obeid, Jacqueline Ohanian, Riad Oueida, Dima Raad, Marina Ramadi, Lamis Rammal, Nayla Romanos Iliya, Michel Rouhana, Soha Sabbagh, Reine Salem, Amin Sammakieh, Rida Al Sayed, Nada Sehnaoui, Souheil Semaan, Caroline Semerjian, George Seryao, Antoine Soued, Mohamad Succarie, Missak Terzian, Atef Tohme, Carole Torbey, Gulene Torossian Der Boghossian, Nada Traboulsi, Zena Yachoui, Hassan Yateem, Rawia Zantout, Ghassan Zard, Fouad Zibawi, Farid Zoghbi, Marianna Zoghbi, Sara Zoghbi.


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Your guide to Beirut back-to-school exhibitions! (or, M. puts her foot in her mouth yet again and judges shows by their invitation cards)

Sun is still shining, kids everywhere are resuming their regular diet of picon sandwiches, and the Beirut art scene is slowly emerging from its summer lethargy.

What should you look forward to? What’s not to be missed? What should I avoid? I know, we always complain about the dearth of artistic activities available to Beirutis, but when you compile a real list of what’s going on (without even delving about the performing arts) things begin to seem like any art outing’s going to be really hard to cram in your already tightly-packed workweek.

But I’m here to help!!!!

 This handy little guide will save you hours of pointless traffic jams (unless you like traffic jams, and wasting time looking at third-rate art, in which case you probably also feel better about yourself when your skin is a nice shade of orange, and have been known to attend things called “events” at places called “rooftops” . Whatever floats your boat, I won’t judge).


Without further ado, in chronological order of opening:

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Zaha Hadid à l’Institut du Monde Arabe

Marie Nour Héchaimé

Paris, Août 2011

En bonne libanaise à Paris, je me devais d’aller faire un tour à l’Institut du Monde arabe, où se tient l’exposition Zaha Hadid, Une Architecture. Cette dernière y présente une rétrospective de son œuvre à travers une sélection internationale de certains projets tels que la tour Spirale de l’Université de Barcelone, le projet Guggenheim à Singapour ou encore le Centre des Arts Vivants d’Abou Dhabi. L’exposition se déroule dans une structure créée par Hadid elle-même en 2007 pour Chanel et qui a été offert à l’IMA au début de l’année 2011. Ce pavillon mobile intitulé Mobile Art, conçu initialement pour être transporté de ville en ville et inspiré par le langage visuel de Chanel, a la forme d’un escargot ou d’un vaisseau spatial, ou encore d’un « donut » selon les dires de l’architecte. Il doit abriter dans le futur des expositions temporaires autour de la création arabe contemporaine.

Zaha Hadid est sans doute l’architecte arabe la plus renommée. Née en 1950, d’origine irakienne, elle a fait des études de mathématiques à l’université américaine de Beyrouth avant de poursuivre des études d’architecture à la prestigieuse Architectural Association School of Architecture de Londres, ville où elle continue  de vivre. En 2004, elle obtient le prix Pritzker, considéré comme le Nobel de l’architecture.

Bien que je sois profane en matière d’architecture, je m’attendais à découvrir une exposition surprenante retraçant le parcours de Hadid de façon didactique, où la complexité de la création architecturale serait démasquée et sa simplicité serait révélée.

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Ayyam Gallery

Ayyam Gallery

Since its founding in 2006, Ayyam Gallery has become one of the Middle East’s leading art spaces. With a selection of cutting-edge painting, sculpture and photography by some of the Arab world’s most exciting talent, the gallery has sought to promote the region’s dynamic cultural scene both at home and abroad. Its continued commitment to the expansion and progression of local art has led to a number of landmark initiatives including blockbuster exhibitions, original publications, regional auctions and special events.

Ayyam Gallery’s founding location in Damascus has revitalized contemporary Syrian art by providing artists and collectors with a blue-chip art space that is thoroughly involved with national developments while remaining abreast of international trends. Through its worldwide efforts, the gallery has single-handedly raised awareness of Syrian art, establishing a significant presence in the global art market while garnering outstanding recognition for its artists. The 5,000 square foot Damascus space has also functioned as a sort of regional art meeting place, as it has brought a number of artists from outside Syria to engage with Damascene viewers. Continue reading

Galerie AGIAL

la galerie lance de jeunes artistes, expose des artistes confirmés et travaille à faire connaitre des  artistes modernes, d’où le non AGIAL ou générations.
Sa mission a évolué pour accompagner l’évolution du marché ; elle commence par se spécialiser dans l’art de la région moyen-orientale, puis l’intérêt grandissant pour l’art arabe contemporain ayant provoqué l’implantation d’un grand nombre de galeries spécialisées  dans ce créneau et saturé le marché, la galerie se spécialise  dans l’art moderne libanais, ainsi que le lancement et l’accompagnement de peintres libanais (quasi-exclusivement).A la création de MAQAM, galerie jumelle spécialisée dans l’art moderne libanais,  AGIAL continue a exposer les artistes contemporains(artistes débutants et confirmés). MAQAM, quand à elle, organise des expositions didactiques consacrées aux artistes libanais modernes.

Il est rare de trouver au Moyen-Orient un concept similaire à celui d’AGIAL : une approche académique, historique, critique et bien plus proche du mécénat que du commerce. Cibler les musées et organiser des expositions-rétrospectives dans ce cadre là est l’un des principaux objectifs de Mr Barakat.

Rythme des expositions : six expositions par ans sont programmées sur une durée de cinq semaines, sauf cas de force majeure (situation politique).

 Exposition en cours : (du 5 au 21 mai) « Rituals of isolation » d’Oussama BAALBAKI.