Tripoli’s monumental structure

Tripoli's monumental structure

Just a few days left to visit the Contemporary Art Exhibition “Cycles of Collapsing Progress” at the monumental Rashid Karami International Exhibition Center in Tripoli, a project by legendary brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, unfinished due to the 1975 war.

This impressive exhibit is co-organised by BeMA (Beirut Museum of Art) & STUDIOCUR/ART. Curated by Karina El Helou. In partnership with the Anissa Touati Corporation for Mexico.

It showcases 19 projects in total, including 10 commissioned artworks along 9 produced works by artists from Lebanon and Mexico.

As part of its Keeping It Modern grants, the Getty Foundation announced that it has awarded $1.7 million to 11 architectural preservation projects of exceptional 20th century landmarks, one of which is the Rachid Karami International Fairground.

“UNESCO also announced that the fair has been accepted onto the Indicative World Heritage List, a significant step forward after long efforts that means the site is now being considered for full World Heritage List status.”

The Daily Star’s article on these conservation grants here

Precious treasures

One of our favorite museums in Lebanon is the mim museum. Located on the Saint-Joseph University campus in Beirut, the MIM Museum showcases one of the biggest and most spectacular private mineral collection in the world. Over 2000 precious treasures, representing 450 different species from 70 countries, are exhibited.
"Created by nature millions of years ago, minerals are works of art with breathtaking aesthetics, incredible geometric shapes and fabulous color palette.” Get ready to be amazed !  
       

Femme francophone entrepreneure

Femme francophone entrepreneure

Le concours Femme francophone entrepreneure (FFE) est une fantastique initiative qui encourage les femmes entrepreneures à mener à bien leur projet d’entreprise en leur offrant un soutien et un encadrement.
Le concours FFE est organisé par l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie AUF – Moyen-OrientBerytechL’Orient-Le Jour et Le Commerce du Levant, avec le soutien de la Société générale de banque au Liban (SGBL)

“L’édition 2018 a récompensé Maya Bacha, qui a fondé Sidelick un service innovant de garde d’animaux de compagnie, et Marielle Khayat, qui a monté Koullouna, une société qui expédie à des expatriés libanais des colis contenant des produits de leur pays d’origine.” [Nous vous encourageons d’ailleurs à commander vos boîtes pleines de surprises ici ! https://www.koullounabox.com/]

Un grand bravo à toutes les participantes. Nous saluons vos efforts et votre persévérance.

Lire l’article de L’Orient Le Jour ici

Undocumented

Undocumented

Congratulations to director Amin Dora and the entire team of “Undocumented” (Bidune Kaid) for winning the Grand Jury Award at the Berlin WebFest !

“Undocumented” is an interactive mini-series, an innovative drama that allows the viewer to choose the storyline. A first in its genre. The story follows different characters in their journey amidst civil war.

A must watch!

http://undocumented.xyz/#/ar

 

Building with Fire

After our usual Saturday morning stroll in Souk El Tayeb a couple days ago, we visited Jean Boghossian’s exhibit “Building with Fire” in the old headquarters of the french newspaper L’Orient Le Jour. This is a must see exhibit organized by the Lebanese Cultural Festivals Association in collaboration with Tanit Gallery and curated by Bruno Corà, the director of the Burri Foundation in Città di Castello in Italy. Boghossian uses a technique of burning his canvas to transform destruction into construction. "As a result of a “constructive fire”, an expression of his art, Boghossian introduces works made with fire and pigment, bearing order, geometry, rhythm, composition and figures of an equilibrium responding to a need of cultural and civil reconstruction and renovation.” (prwebme.com)
Running until October 28 at L’Orient-Le Jour building in Beirut Souks and the crypt of the Université Saint-Joseph.            

Live Love

L’histoire de Youmna Chamcham (qui avec Édouard Bitar) est à l’initiative du fantastique mouvement Live Love Beirut. Voir le beau et le positif et surtout vouloir le partager avec le monde entier. Avec ce projet, ils témoignent de leur attachement à leur pays, à leurs racines et nous encouragent à poser des gestes citoyen. La plateforme …

Heart of sky

Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons commissioned the talented Beirut-born filmmaker Jessy Moussallem to create a film using the music of their latest project Heart of Sky. The result is a beautifully crafted gem, perfectly paced documentary film revealing the lives of those working on the canabis fields of the Bekaa valley. Moussallem explains “The scenes were …

Silence room

Silence room

If you happen to be in London, don’t miss the Design Biennale at the Somerset House until September 23rd.

For Dezeen, design editor Augusta Pownall picked Nathalie Harb’s project The Silent Room as one of the 10 installations not to miss at this year’s Biennale!

We had the chance to see her (then pink) silent room during Beirut Design Week last year and we’re thrilled to know she’s now showcased in London. The Silent Room promotes “silence as a form of resistance”. 
A meditative experience awaits you in this isolated room, standing in protest against noise pollution and jungle urbanism.

We say yes to more silence.. and art !