The American University of Beirut has embarked upon a new initiative to play an active role in promoting fine and contemporary art in the region. This website has been created to inform the internet community on the progress of this new endeavor.
The very first step taken in this new direction coincided with the generous donation of Dr. Samir Saleeby to AUB. The Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Collection includes paintings by artists of different generations, ranging from Khalil Saleeby (1870-1928) and Cesar Gemayal (1898-1958) to Omar Onsi (1901-1969) and Saliba Douaihy (1912-1994). It also features works by Haidar Hamaoui (b. 1937), Chucrallah Fattouh (b. 1956), and Robert Khoury (b. 1923). The Saleeby donation is the cornerstone upon which AUB will establish a comprehensive collection of modern and contemporary art from the region. Our goal is to integrate this art into the process of learning as much as possible, and to make it available for critical reflection and study.
The new initiative commenced with the launching of new art spaces located in and around AUB campus and the planning of a new museum of art. The exhibition of the works of Khalil Saleeby, which opened in the summer of 2012 at AUB Art Gallery in Sidani Street, was the first of many projects in connection with this initiative. This website will bring to public attention exhibitions, publications, projects and events (both current and upcoming, historical and contemporary), acting as a portal that brings into contact public, artistic and academic communities within the country, across the region and internationally.
Beirut Art Center
The Beirut Art Center is a non-profit association, space and platform dedicated to experimental art.
Its aim is to produce, present and contextualize local and international art researches and cultural practices. It aims to allow the engagement with various art forms and experiences and alternative ways of knowledge production and “redistribution”. It aims to support local and regional contemporary artists and facilitate the creation and realization of projects as well as the interaction among local and international cultural players.
The National Museum of Beirut is the main archeological museum in Lebanon, located in Dama Street in Beirut, Badaro District. Their collection comprehend over 100,000 works, which most of them come from archeological digs led by the Direction of Antiquities.
This iconic building was chosen by the City of Beirut to become a living cultural centre.
Dedicated to the history of the city of Beirut since the 19th century, Beit Beirut will enable visitors to learn more about the city through: a city history museum, artistic and cultural exhibitions, a media library, educational workshops, a city observatory, an auditorium for debates, lectures and screenings, a restaurant, a cafeteria and shops. An architectural style that strikes a balance between heritage and modernity. The real challenge of the Yellow House restoration project is to offer the inhabitants of Beirut a living cultural facility, underscored by the recent history of the building. The project entails restoring the original house whilst preserving the traces of time and war to highlight the unique character of the building and its evolution through the years. In addition, a new building will be built to create a public facility. A ramp will link the two buildings and the facility will be accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Dalloul Art Foundation
This cultural initiative, lauched by Basel Dalloul, aims to expose Modern and Contemporary Arab Art for the local and international audience.
Artwork lines the walls of four apartment floors of 450 sq. metres each, which were converted into art galleries. There are sections for the different genres: Egyptian art, Iraqi art, Palestinian, Sudanese, Algerian, Lebanese and so forth. The Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation has announced plans to build a 10,000 to 15,000 square-meter institution to house its 4,000 pieces. It is one of the world’s largest holdings of Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East.
Dar el Nimer
for Arts & Culture
Founded by Rami El Nimer, the Dar el Nimer for Arts and Culture is an independent non-profit art foundation for historical, modern and contemporary cultural productions from Palestine and the region.
It promotes deep historical awareness and keen intellectual maturity by hosting productions by curators, writers, historians, performers, musicians and filmmakers, whose works engage with the challenging social realities and political currents shaping the region. Celebrating the region’s rich and complex cultural heritage to trace its continuity, creativity, and perseverance. Dar El-Nimer envisages self-representation through arts and culture, opening up possibilities for deeper understanding.
In a large factory compound situated on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the picturesque Adonis Valley, […] two factories were refurbished and transformed into a dynamic museum.
This outstanding achievement was realized by a non-profit society, which was founded in December 2012 for the sole purpose of establishing a museum, MACAM (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum), the first of its kind in Lebanon. The society received as a donation these two factories with an area of four thousand square meters and ceilings that reach more than seven meters high. The area of the land amounts to ten thousand square meters in Alita, in the Caza of Jbeil, seven kilometers up the mountain on the road to Qartaba from Nahr Ibrahim. The society also received a library collection of more than one thousand books and catalogues about art in Lebanon. This library is the RectoVerso library in Monot Street in Beirut, well known as a reference library by artists and art lovers.
Mina Image Centre
The Mina Image Centre is a non-profit organisation geared towards bringing to a Middle Eastern public the best of photography and artworks from the region and around the world.
It is a dedicated space for the image and a platform for debates and reflections as well as for exhibition and production. With a yearly schedule of four major exhibitions and a dynamic program of parallel events, mina aims to promote the image in all its multiplicity and complexity while seeking to engage artists across disciplines and a wide diverse public.
The Nabu Museum is a museum in El-Heri, in Ras Al Shaqa’, Lebanon. It opened in 2018, having been built in just eight months by businessman Jawad Adra to house his collection of about 2,000 items including both contemporary works of art and antiquities.
The Sursock Museum is a modern and contemporary art institution in the center of Beirut which first opened in 1961, with a mission to collect, preserve, and exhibit local and international art.
Through its collection, archives, exhibitions, and public programs, it aims to produce knowledge on art practices in the region and explore work that reflects on our contemporary moment. Its goal is to support local art production, to provide a platform for encounter and experimentation with art and ideas, and to inform and challenge different audiences in new and unexpected ways.
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