Art to Heart
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.