Beirut’s Art Scene Is In The Midst Of A Reawakening, Its Movers And Shakers Say

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Beirut was abuzz last week, as the fifth iteration of the city’s art week, timed to coincide with the Beirut Art Fair, got underway. The hullabaloo around the fair extended across the city, which has had something of a surge in cultural activity of late. There were openings all across town at the major and not-so-major galleries that proliferate amid the gleaming skyscrapers, winding streets, and shabby low-rise blocks. At the opulent Sursock Museum, a throng gathered for a book launch by renowned Beiruti artist Marwan Rechmaoui, who presented his monograph Metropolis.

The city’s cultural fabric has long drawn on a healthy artistic community living and working in, and invariably reflecting on, Beirut. But in recent years, in addition to the slew of mainly private initiatives, museums, and foundations, a growing number of galleries are flourishing, adding significant heft to the city’s art scene. Many show at the Beirut Art Fair, which has, many agree, taken Lebanese art to the world.

Yet, despite the optimism at large around the fair, the challenges posed by the idiosyncratic nature of the city—simmering political and social tensions, crumbling infrastructure, and a dearth of state spending on the arts—mean the city’s cultural sector still faces a struggle.

Taymour Grahne

Source : https://news.artnet.com/opinion/beirut-art-scene-1099994

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