The Thousand and One Nights @ Artual

The tale of the One Thousand and One Nights is synonymous with the Middle East. In the story, King Shahryar marries a string of women, murdering them after just one night after discovering that his first wife was unfaithful to him. When his vizier could no longer find any women, his daughter Scheherazade offers herself […]

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Jean Boghossian @ L’Orient Le Jour Building, Beirut Souks

Fire. One of the four elements. The one that has the power to scorch, destroy and ruin. To look at, it is spellbinding, a red-yellow-orange flame that transfixes as it burns. But through destruction fire also brings light and the opportunity for renewal. In Building with Fire Jean Boghossian uses fire as an artistic medium, creating […]

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Basir Mahmood @ Letitia

‘I am interested in exploring my position as an artist by adopting multiple roles including an author who writes narratives, an initiator who sets in motion collisions of people and improvised scenarios to create original stories.’ – Basir Mahmood Hung along the walls of Letitia in Beirut are a series of large photographs that mostly […]

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Mona Saudi @ Saleh Barakat

To stones from which we build an ocean of dreams To stones where beginnings and endings abide…  …To stones in which I chisel a path for the soul To stones that I touch, and the vapors of love arise And as I polish them my soul thins out And the gods of mystery talk to […]

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The Eye of Lebanon @ Beirut Art Fair

At the heart of this year’s Beirut Art Fair lay an eye. Curated by Rose Issa, Ourouba: The Eye of Lebanon comprised 70 artworks by 40 artists that looked at the current state of the Arab region as a whole through a Lebanese lens positioned towards the private and public collections of 20 Lebanese collectors. […]

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Alfred Basbous @ Sophia Contemporary

Just over 30 miles outside of Beirut lies the village of Rachana, which is completely covered in sculpture. Models are scattered everywhere, in front of houses, in public spaces and on the road. The town was the birthplace of Michel (1921-1981), Alfred (1924-2006) and Youssef Basbous (1929-2001), three brothers all of whom were sculptors who […]

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Sursock @ Beirut

I have just returned from a trip to my mother’s beautiful homeland: Beirut. Of course, no trip would be complete without a visit to a museum or gallery and Lebanon certainly impressed with its stunning Sursock Museum. The Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum is a glittering white palace. When the sun is up its spectacular façade […]

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