Sursock Museum in Beirut to Reopen October 9, 2015

Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images- via The Guardian

Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images- via The Guardian

 

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.

 

 

This is the new racking system we installed to store the Museum’s permanent collection. Housed in a spacious storage room beneath the Museum, the collection is kept in climate-controlled conditions optimal for its preservation. Photograph: Nabû Productions/The Sursock Museum. via The Guardian

This is the new racking system we installed to store the Museum’s permanent collection. Housed in a spacious storage room beneath the Museum, the collection is kept in climate-controlled conditions optimal for its preservation. Photograph: Nabû Productions/The Sursock Museum. via The Guardian

 

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.

 

 

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Yazan Paints Sabah on The Streets Of Beirut | Street Art

 

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Yazan Halwani, a graffiti/street artist born & raised in Beirut, Lebanon,  painted a grand mural in Hamra, Beirut as a tribute to the legendary Lebanese singer Sabah who passed away in November 2014. The mural shows the singer smiling, revealing her friendly character and a great welcome to those entering Hamra street.

 

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Lebanese Villa Damaged By War Gets Renovated | Architecture

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Going through Lebanese towns, you will notice that almost every area has demolished or abandoned houses because of the 15 year civil war Lebanon witnessed. Most of these beautiful homes have not been refurbished, due to the fact that they either were severely damaged and would cost alot, or the owners have established their lives elsewhere and find it painful to come back. Najib from Blogbaladi posted about this house a couple of days ago, I had to find out more about it.

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Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs Beirut by Zaha Hadid Architects | Architecture

 

 

I posted about this project back in 2011,  I remember how thrilled I was that Lebanon would have its own Zaha Hadid designed building. Finally it has come to life. Below details from her website.

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Beirut Art Fair September 19-22, 2013 | Events

 

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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.

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