The third edition of the international fair of modern and contemporary art features 40 galleries from the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, showcasing their flagship artists.
The third edition of the international fair of modern and contemporary art BEIRUT ART FAIR will be held
from 5 to 8 July 2012 at the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL), with 40 galleries
from the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, showcasing their flagship artists. With the participation of
27 new top-notch galleries, BEIRUT ART FAIR asserts its role and its influence on established and emer-
ging international art scenes and wishes to impose its status as a hybrid fair.
In 2011, the fair was attended by 25 international galleries and has proposed several cultural exhibitions, which attracted over 10,000 visitors - collectors, journalists, artists, amateurs and professionals from the world of art.
The enthusiasm associated with the first two editions demonstrates a true artistic and economic develop- ment in the «ME.NA.SA.» region, which stretches from Morocco to Indonesia.
Alongside the galleries, numerous exhibitions will be enriching the cultural program, which promises won- derful discoveries stamped «ME.NA.SA.», in the fields of street art, VJing, comic strips, video, sculpture and installations.
In addition to these «events within the event», a series of lectures and roundtables will take place, reaffir- ming the role of Beirut as the cultural capital for the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. Professionals from the world of art as well as collectors and critics, are invited to exchange ideas pertaining to different subjects in order to understand contemporary art emanating from the «ME.NA.SA.» territory, in all its richness and diversity.
The 40 galleries of modern and contemporary art participating in BEIRUT ART FAIR represent all facets of plastic art, through painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, performance, street art and comics.
This year the fair expands its scope with design with the participation of several international galleries, which have chosen to exhibit the work of their creators, in Beirut in July.
Among the participants, a number of galleries from previous editions return and renew their confidence in BEIRUT ART FAIR. These include Agial Art Gallery (Lebanon), Emmagoss Art Gallery (Lebanon), Galerie Janine Rubeiz (Lebanon), Galerie Epreuve d’Artiste (Lebanon), Raja’ Nehme Sertin art Gallery (Lebanon), Art Sawa (Dubai, UAE), Ayyam (Lebanon /UAE/Syria), ATHR Gallery (Saudi Arabia) Al Motharaf (Saudi Ara- bia), Espace Kettaneh Kunigk - Tanit (Lebanon /Germany).
New European galleries join as well this 2012 edition: Galerie Trait noir - Aroya (France), Galerie Sophie Lanoë (France), VDA Galleries (Spain), China Today Gallery (Belgium), Galerie Prinzessin Michaela Nikola- jewna Wolkonsky (Germany), ABK ART (France) and Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery (Spain).
The Maghreb region is represented by Le Sous Sol Art Gallery (Morocco), participating for the first time in the fair as well as Le Violon Bleu (Tunisia), which is collaborating for the second time with the fair.
As for the galleries of the Middle East exhibiting at this 2012 edition, we highlight the participation of Artba- hrain (Bahrain), the Tajalliyat Art Gallery (Syria), Kozah Art Gallery (Syria), Dara Gallery (Sudan), Esquisse Gallery (Lebanon), Waddah Faris (Iraq), Joanna Seikaly Art Gallery (Lebanon), Art Chowk The Gallery (Dubai, UAE/Pakistan), TASHKEEL (Dubai, UAE), Art Factum Gallery (Lebanon), The Running Horse (Leba- non), and Azad Art Gallery (Iran).
Design galleries exhibiting for the first time at BEIRUT ART FAIR comprise of the following galleries: Smogallery (Lebanon), Musk & Amber lifestyle concept store (Tunisia), Carwan Art Gallery (Lebanon), 20-21 Gallery (Lebanon), Ghassan Zard Abou Jaoude Gallery (Lebanon), Maria Halios Design (Lebanon), Karim Bekdache (Lebanon), Rami Boutros Design (Lebanon) and SPARE ARTS GALLERY (Lebanon).
An exchange platform between merchants, artists, collectors and art aficionados, BEIRUT ART FAIR pres- ents an entirely dedicated program to the “today’s” art (painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, design...).
Renowned artists or waiting to be discovered, rising talents or stars of the «ME.NA.SA.» art, all the master- pieces showcased at BEIRUT ART FAIR testify to the effervescence of contemporary creation in the “fertile crescent”.
The diversity of trends presented at the fair is a reflection of the artistic exuberance that is moving the art world of today and tomorrow.
This year, BEIRUT ART FAIR has accentuated its exceptional artistic initiative with the support of cultural institutions, and received the patronage of the Arab World Institute as well as the labeling of the Cultural Council of the Union for the Mediterranean. Moreover, the 2012 edition has once again appealed to spon- sors and partners invested in the BEIRUT ART FAIR project, which gathers a committee of collectors that brings together hundred personalities from the arts community in Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, and also in Europe.
BEIRUT ART FAIR is an exceptional encounter standing out in the landscape of modern and contemporary art events, as a phenomenon based on both the art market and cultural discovery, and that by promoting exhibitions capitalizing on various emblematic sites of Beirut.
Alongside the galleries, numerous exhibitions are meant to enrich the cultural program, which promises wonderful discoveries stamped «ME.NA.SA.», in the fields of street art, VJing, comic strips, video, sculp- ture and installations.
In addition to these «events within the event», a series of lectures and roundtables will take place, reaffir- ming the role of Beirut as the cultural capital for the Arab world, Iran and Turkey.
« Correspondances », a proposition by Catherine David.
Catherine David was invited by BEIRUT ART FAIR to dedicate one of the spaces of the fair to present a new project that has never been exposed as a part of an art event. The project consists of the correspondence between two eminent figures of the Arab contemporary culture: the Saudi writer Abdel Rahman Munif, notable author of “City of Salt”, a five-volume novel which analyzes the upheavals incurred by the discovery of oil in the Gulf countries and the painter Marwan (Marwan Kassab Bachi), considered one of the greatest Arab artists.
This set of letters (largely illustrated in the case of Marwan) - complemented by a series of watercolor pre- parations realized by Marwan for the book covers of Munif – unveils a crossed reflection not only on literary and plastic creation, but also on the status of intellectuals and artists in the Arab and contemporary world.
« This is not wonderland », monumental exhibition by Pascal Odille.
Lined with monumental sculptures, visual and sound installations, this course designed by Ziad Abichaker, «Cedars Environmental»*, embarks the visitor on an initiation journey to discover contemporary Lebanese creations with only guides, artists Rita Awn, Samar Mogharbel, Anita Toutikian, Katya Traboulsi and Alain Vassoyan.
* Eco-Board is a process to recycle plastic bags and plastic scrap (cups, plates, cutlery, CD’s, toothpaste tubes, tetra- pak juice & milk packages) into plastic panel boards.
A typical Eco-Board weighs about 15 kilograms and diverts about 2500 shopping plastic bags from ending up in a land- fill. All Plastics used in are collected & recycled locally in Lebanon, without any chemical or industrial additives. Is Art a transformation value ?
Comics Corner: overview on comic strips in the ME.NA.SA. region
This year, Beirut Art Fair presents for the first time, an exhibition dedicated to the ME.NA.SA. comics show- casing over thirty original drawings. The Comics Corner offers through the “ninth art“ an overview spanning from the Maghreb to Asia, passing by the Middle East, and unveiling how comic creators seize the political, social and economic situations of their native countries, whether they come from Lebanon like Zeina Abira- ched, Mazen Kerbaj, and Jorj Mhaya; from Tunisia, like Nadia Khiari; from Egypt, like Mohamed El Shar- kawi, Madgi El Shafi, Mohamed Khaled, Amer El Shomali, from Algeria like Gyps or from China like Nie Chongrui, Zhao Golo ou Zong Kai.
From Street Art to VJing: the urban creation of Beirut
Beirut Art Fair, in collaboration with Ginane EL Bacho, dedicates a space for the artistic creation born in the heart of the city and makes the walls speak to reveal five years of archives. This exhibition proposes a jour- ney across Beirut, its tags and graffiti, as well as its performances in urban areas. Links with the hip hop culture will be illustrated throughout the fair thanks to a mix of images realized by VJ César Kahwaji (video jockey) followed by another performance by a group of Lebanese artists: Ashekman. Other street artists in the spotlight include Yazan Halwani.
An awaited engagement since the last edition, the VIDEO BOX of BEIRUT ART FAIR, invites a watch and rewatch of videos by the most remarkable video artists of the ME.NA.SA. region: notably Shirin Abu Shaqra, Michel Ayoub & Rima Chahrour, Jamil Baloch, Halida Boughriet, Ali Cherri, Rasha Kahil, Samar Moghar- bel, Alfred Tarazi, Surabhi Saraf ou Qiu Zhijie.
Round tables: dialogues about Arabic contemporary creation
These panel discussions will focus as much on the status of immigrated artists as on the development of foundations and patronage in Lebanon and in the Middle East; or even on matters related to the role of media in the artistic sphere...
BEIRUT ART FAIR TALKS
Friday, July 6th
4.30 - 6.30 pm
Talk between Catherine David, independent curator and Marwan Kassab Bachi, Artist 14 years of correspondence with Abdel Rahman Munif, poet & writer
Followed by a guided tour of the exhibition.
6.15 pm Book signing by Marwan Kassab-Bachi, the Book Corner
Friday, July 6th
7 pm – 8 pm
Moderator :Véronique Rieffel, Director of the Institut des Cultures de L’Islam (Paris) & writer
Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Artist
Marwan Kassab-Bachi, Artist
Emmanuel Guiragossian, Artist
Simeen Farhat, Artist
8.15 pm : Book signing by Véronique Rieffel, at the Book Corner « Islamania, de l’Alhambra à la burqa, histoire d’une fascination artistique ». Editions Beaux-Arts 2011.
Saturday, July 7th
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Transfering the passion of Art throughout the generations
Yoyo Maeght - Independent curator
5.45 pm – 6.45 pm
Patronage & Foundation
Moderator : Jean-Marc Decrop, Art Advisor - South Asia
Nada Boulos, APEAL Secretary (Association for the Promotion & Exhibition of Art in Lebanon), Art Consultant.
Jean Boghossian, Collector and Boghossian Foundation Director, Belgium
Randa Armanazi, Public Relations & Communication Solidère, BEC director (Beirut Exhibition Center).
Monika Borgmann, Umam Hangar Founder
Saturday, July 7th
7 pm – 8 pm
Today’s design are tomorrow’s antique
Moderator : Sophie Skaf, Architect d.p.l.g Paris
Gregory Gatserelia, Director Smogallery, Beirut
Kamel Miladi, Director of Must + Amber Lifestyle Concept Store, Tunis.
Pascale Wakim (Carwan Gallery)
Célia Abou Arbid, Architect & Designer, Faculty at the Lebanese American University (LAU)
8.15 pm : Book signing by Sophie Skaf at the Book Corner, «20x20.Beyrouth.Paris.Tunis.Barcelone » autoedition 2010
Sunday, July 8th
5.15 pm – 6.15 pm
The role of the media in the artistic field
Moderator : Diala Gemayel - Journalist
Elizabeth Markevitch, Founder & CEO of ikonoTV
Judith Benhamou Huet, Art Critic (Le Point/Les Echos)
Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, independent Curator & Dubai Editor (ArtAsiaPacific)
Maha Sultan, Professor of History of Art at the Institut des Beaux Arts- Université Libanaise & Art Critic (Al-Hayat)
Nayla Tamraz, director of the USJ “Curator” MA programme & writer
Myrna Ayad, Editor (Canvas Magazine)
Sunday, July 8th
6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Moderator : Pascal Odille, Artistic Director - BEIRUT ART FAIR
Zeina Abirached, Designer
Mohammed El Sharkawi, Scenarist
Michèle Stanjofski, Designer & teacher at the Alba
Rita Saab Moukarzel, President of the Syndicat des Professionnels du Graphisme et de l’Illustration au Liban (Lebanese Graphic Arts Syndicates), President of the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée (International Festival of Comics) – Beirut
8 pm : Book signing of the Comics artists, the Book Corner
image: Ali Cherri, My Pain is Real, 2010, 3-channel video installation, Courtesy Galerie Imane Farès - France
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Professional preview: Thursday July 5th, 2012 from 4.30pm to 6pm
VIP Opening: Thursday July 5th, 2012 from 6pm to 10pm
Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL)
Down Town, Beirut, Lebanon
Art Fair Hours: Friday July 6th to Sunday July 8th, 2012 From 3pm to 9pm