The museum was forced to close for nearly three years after suffering extensive damage during the blast of August 4, 2020.
The previously unknown work was salvaged by a Lebanese artist and art historian, who first made the case for the painting’s authenticity.
Harout Bastajian has built a career painting calligraphic and geometric designs for the domes of mosques around the world. The results are stunning.
The World Monuments Watch includes 25 at-risk sites facing war, climate change disasters, underrepresentation, and imbalanced tourism.
The damaged Roman and Islamic vessels were on display in the Archaeological Museum at the American University of Beirut during the explosion.
After Gregory Buchakjian’s discovery laid largely dormat for decades, his research has been renewed and well-received by scholars of the Baroque artist.
Initiatives have sprung up in the aftermath of the explosion, with the goal of raising funds for relief efforts in the city and reconstructing its devastated cultural sector.
“We are now in survival mode,” says Joumana Asseily, director and founder of Marfa’ Projects. “A week ago I was concerned about safety issues because of the pandemic but now my biggest worry is checking if everyone is safe and has a shelter.”
In the wake of the massive explosion, which killed at least 135 people, art institutions in Beirut are banding together to help protect collections and offer storage.
A viral photo of the sculpture from a top-angle caused wide condemnations, calls for an investigation, and conspiracy theories against the artist and the gallery behind the sculpture.
A new exhibition takes a close look at the friendships of a major artist and critic in 1960s and ’70s Beirut, and the charmed art world she helped bolster.
As artists discuss the role of contemporary art in times of revolution and rally on the streets, 20 leading arts organizations issued a statement of solidarity with protesters across Lebanon.