At the Rose House

Lebanon Traveler - - NEWS -

Most of Beirut knows the iconic 19th Cen­tury man­sion in Ma­nara as The Rose House. Fea­tur­ing arched bal­conies, that stretch the length of its façade, vis­i­ble from the sea front, it is part of old Beirut’s ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage. Bri­tish artist Tom Young knocked on its door in April 2014, hop­ing he could paint there and cre­ate an ex­hi­bi­tion, and he met res­i­dent Fayza El Khazin who al­lowed him stu­dio space over the sum­mer. With an in­ter­est in us­ing his art to help pre­serve the fu­ture of Beirut’s her­itage build­ings along with their mem­o­ries, when he dis­cov­ered she would soon leave he con­tacted the new own­ers, the Jaroudi fam­ily, who sup­ported his project to use the build­ing as an ex­hi­bi­tion space. Young’s ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 40 paint­ings and a short film, which ex­plore the con­text of the house within the city, its mem­o­ries and hopes for its fu­ture preser­va­tion. The ex­hi­bi­tion also of­fers a rare chance to look in­side one of the bea­cons of old Beirut.

Rose House Ma­nara 76 811357 Ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til 31 Dec to­my­

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