Three words to describe the art scene in Beirut.
Impossible to describe in 3 words. For a start, there are many different facets, ‘art scenes’. So I guess, I would respond with a question, which art scene?
What’s the best way to experience contemporary art in Beirut?
The usual I think: going to see exhibitions, screenings, talks. Participating in workshops. The occasional party…
Can you tell us about the current exhibition by Khalil Rabah? What is it about?
The exhibition is the most recent stage in a series of on-going projects by the artist. The exhibition is playful and confusing but also poignant: it’s political without sermonising. It deals with the reality of living in Palestine - under occupation and colonisation – through the lens of the art world and its institutions.
Do you have a Lebanese Damien Hirst in Beirut? A kind of artist that truly divides opinions among people.
There’s only one Damien Hirst. Thankfully.
Why should collectors invest in Lebanese artists?
Beirut Art Center is a non-profit institution. We hope that together with buying Lebanese art, collectors will support our activities and the activities of other non-profit institutions who support artists and art in Lebanon.
Tell us a secret who would you like to see representing pavilion of Lebanon in the next Venice Biennale?
I would just be happy to see the second Lebanese Pavilion…