Syria: Into the Light to feature more than 60 works by Syrian masters and emerging artists
Alserkal Avenue and the Atassi Foundation have revealed details about Syria: Into the Light, the Atassi Foundation’s largest-ever exhibition and its first in the MENA region since its formation last year. The show will mark Alserkal Avenue’s inauguration of Concrete, a multi-disciplinary, multi-purpose event venue designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Rem Koolhaas. The exhibition will open on 9 March 2017 and close on 3 April 2017.
Curated by Mouna Atassi, the founder of Atassi Foundation, in collaboration with writer and curator Rasha Salti, the show will be based on the theme of ‘Portraits and Figures’ and will include more than 60 works by over 40 artists illustrating the landscape of Syrian art from 1924 up to 2016. Through this theme, the exhibition will highlight the trajectories and shifts of art movements in Syria and its socio-cultural histories, from the early 20th century until the present day, representing different movements, techniques and mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and video art.
The Nicolas Sursock Museum located in Beirut, Lebanon is one of the most beautiful Lebanese mansions still standing from 1912 to date. It opened its doors as a museum in 1961, and was then closed for renovation in 2008. Seven years of renovation & $15 Million later, Sursock Museum will reopen on October 9, 2015.
When it opened as a museum in 1961, the mansion housed exhibitions from artists in the Middle East and around the world, as well as the prestigious Salon d’Automne for local figures. It continued in this capacity through the civil war until its closure in 2007, with a brief pause for renovations in the 70s. It focused on paintings, showing the work of Lebanese artists Chafic Abboud, Paul Guiragossian, Saloua Raouda Choucair and Aref Rayess, as well as international artists. Several rooms, including an oriental-style salon, were kept as Sursock left them.
In a guiltless search for happiness, “Chronicle”, a collective exhibition of three emerging artists from Lebanon, Paula Chahine, Nayla Kai Saroufim and Marcel Rached, curated by Singapore’sSana Gallery, tells a beautiful story about dialogues;
Between the Middle East and the rest of the world;
Men and women;
People and the sea;
Children and parents;
Machines and us;
“Chronicle” is a commentary on our day and age of silent, loud, spiritual, material, overt, covert, direct and indirect connectedness and communication.
The three artists use different techniques, ranging from pop art combined with mixed media, acrylic on canvas and photography. Their fresh approaches combine lush layers of paint, ink, airbrush, watercolors, glow in the dark paint, LED lights and photography.
For two whole months art lovers in Singapore will be able to experience different dialogues at an exhibition aptly named “Chronicle”; an intriguing dialogue between the Middle East and the rest of the world.
Federico Babina is a talented Italian Illustrator I have been following lately. His work is so simple yet so creative. In the series I am focusing on, he created portraits of famous architects using their work as part of the portrait, you won’t believe till you see yourself. Check out the slideshow below!
I love how trendy hotels are realizing the importance of interior design and furniture in creating a distinct image for their venue. To be honest, I was first intrigued by the name, but then I fell in love with the whole concept. The 118 rooms all have beautiful views. Furniture was mainly used from B&B Italia, Minotti, and Tom Dixon.
International and Norwegian designers such as Antonio Citterio, Bruno Rainaldi, Tom Dixon, Anne Haavind and StokkeAustad are behind the furniture and decor. The hotel’s own art curator has hand-picked art for every single room and suite from the THIEF ART collection.
Building on the success of the three last editions, BEIRUT ART FAIR in Lebanon, stands out as a leading platform for the promotion of contemporary art & design of the ME.NA.SA countries (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia) as well as the Mediterranean region and beyond.
The growing participating galleries allowed collectors, international professionals & amateurs, to discover the artistic wealth of an emerging market, that hasn’t stopped growing over the last ten years.
BEIRUT ART FAIR has enlightened collectors’ appetite to all art forms: paintings, sculptures, designs, installation art, video and photography. The many sales, during the three last editions, are but a proof, of the success! On a larger scale, artists from the diversified region have found in BEIRUT ART FAIR an important platform to express themselves beyond the usual ideological barriers, which helped enhance their visibility.
Beirut, which is the historical meeting between the East and the West regions, remains a privileged destination for cultural lovers.
Scheduled from the 19th to the 22nd of September 2013, the fourth edition promises new surprises to collectors and art lovers.