Art to Heart

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Grap­pling be­tween trans­for­ma­tion and dis­in­te­gra­tion, Le­banon man­ages to nur­ture the most de­vel­oped artis­tic com­mu­nity in the Mid­dle East and the Beirut Art Fair is where it all comes to­gether.

It has been a decade since Christie’s es­tab­lished it­self in our re­gion, help­ing bring the world’s at­ten­tion to Mid­dle East­ern art. And while Dubai – where Christie’s is based – has ar­guably re­placed Beirut as the hub of the Arab arts world, the art scene in Le­banon re­mains light years ahead of its Gulf ri­val, with a ma­ture com­mu­nity of artists ripe for in­vi­ta­tion to global art fairs, fes­ti­vals, res­i­den­cies and group shows. Beirut Art Fair, Le­banon’s lead­ing plat­form for the dis­cov­ery of new artists, trends, gal­leries, in­sti­tu­tions, and pub­li­ca­tions, has been en­cour­ag­ing crit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion within the coun­try and across the MENA re­gion and South­ern Asia for seven years now. The lat­est edi­tion, which ran from Septem­ber 15th to the 18th, was its most am­bi­tious yet. Some of the high­lights in­cluded ‘Re­veal­ing’ by SGBL, a sec­tion show­cas­ing a fresh new breed of up-and-com­ing artists, as well as ‘Mod­ern Le­banon!’, which paid tribute to pi­o­neer­ing fe­male Le­banese artists from 1945 to 1975. Those fresh ideas have us al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year’s edi­tion.

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