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  |  15. September 2016

BEIRUT ART FAIR 2016

Art from the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia

The art scenes of Beirut, Lebanon are characterized by an incredible, joyful dynamism. This year’s edition wants to highlight this spirit and the remarkable optimism that distinguishes Lebanon on the contemporary art scene: an optimism that’s given rise to a host of openings, re-openings and inaugurations - of museums, foundations, and exhibition spaces - across the Lebanese capital, alongside a number of ambitious projects scheduled for the coming years.

While bearing in mind that its traditional multiculturalism and the global Lebanese diaspora do make Lebanon special, the fair wants to go beyond the usual clichés to help all fairgoers - artists, art collectors, art merchants and art lovers - understand the specificity of this particular historical moment, in which the country is seeing an art scene in full expansion driven as much by contradiction and confrontation as by affirmation and adherence.

BEIRUT ART FAIR’s business has tripled since 2010. In 2016 the fair will expand to brand new exhibition spaces, running from September 15 until September 18. With the exhibition Lebanon Modern!, BEIRUT ART FAIR will promote a fundamentally new vision of a different modernity: one that is parallel, but often overlooked and underestimated, which highlights the role of Lebanese women artists between 1945 and 1970. With this event, for the first time, BEIRUT ART FAIR will honor Lebanese women artists from the modernist period, presenting a selection of works originating from both private collections and from the Lebanese Ministry of Culture. The exhibition will showcase the strength and creative energy of women artists who are often unknown to the general public.

The fair will also host a new platform - REVEALING by SGBl- entirely dedicated to the discovery of the most promising young talent of the region. Each selected gallery will showcase an artist of especially promising talent, offering privileged access for collectors and fairgoers. Another topic that has always occupied an important place at BEIRUT ART FAIR is Photography, most notably through the Byblos Bank Award, a prize whose mission is to support young Lebanese photographers.

This year marks the 7th edition of the prize at the fair and BEIRUT ART FAIR has become an international artistic event that attracts an ever greater number of visitors to Lebanon: professionals and art lovers from the region and from around the world, despite the strained security situation due to the civil war in the neighbouring country Syria. Different Lebanese museums and foundations will additionally grant exceptional visits for fairgoers on the hunt for new discoveries.

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