For its 9th edition BEIRUT ART FAIR proposes a vast program of exhibitions intended to create bridges between Artists, professionals and Art lovers. Taking place from September 20 to September 23, 2018 in Hall 3 of the Seaside Arena, the 9th edition of the fair reinforces the presence of leading galleries in modern and contemporary art and renews its support for emerging galleries and talents.
Here are 9 things to know about the 9th edition of the
Beirut Art Fair (BAF)
1- BIGGER space
With the large number of galleries participating in the fair, the 2018 edition will have a 5,500m2 exhibition space with a more selective approach, marking an upgrade by developing and affirming a more assertive positioning, in phase with the expectations of a new pool, of dynamic and informed regional and international amateurs and collectors.
2- ” The reinvented space ” by architect and scenographer Patrick Boustani
For the first time, the BAF team has assigned the renowned architect and urban planner, Patrick Boustani, to recreate the city of Beirut within the exhibition
space which will depict and illuminate the exhibition space.
3-Focus Exhibition « Across Boundaries »
Visitors will have the opportunity to discover just how far Lebanese photography has come over the past century at the Focus exhibition, titled Across Boundaries.
This space will create a dialogue between generations of artists, showcasing over 100 works of art and installations, representing Lebanese photographic production from the 1900s to the present day.
The exhibition will explore three themes – Territory, Document, and Intimate, with the focus on creating and encouraging a conversation, and inviting visitors to discover the heritage of Lebanese photography.
4- LEBANON MODERN! A TRIBUTE TO PAUL GUIRAGOSSIAN
BAF2018 presents a commemorative retrospective marking the 25th anniversary of
the death of the Lebanese painter Paul Guiragossian. The retrospective which has
been developed in close collaboration with the Paul Guiragossian Foundation, will present sound and video recordings unveiled, for the first time, to the public.
And since Bank is also ART
5-BYBLOS BANK AWARD
The Byblos Bank Award for photography was established in 2012 with the goal of creating the right conditions for emerging Lebanese photographers to support themselves through their art. With seven years of partnership with the fair this award for photography has largely contributed to the development of the artistic
photography market in Lebanon.
6- ART by Bankmed
The exhibition offers a tour into the particular world of Street Art with one of the
most important collections of the American artist KAWS.
The 40 figurines on display at the space are creations of New York painter and designer Brian DONELLY (1974), known under his artist name KAWS plunging the visitor into current aesthetic and sociological questioning.
7- REVEALING BY SGBL
For its 3rd consecutive year, REVEALING by SGBL brings real expertise in talent discovery. This year, 18 artists, represented by their galleries, have been selected to present a selection of their recent artworks.
8- VIP Lounge by Arab Bank (Lebanon)
On the occasion of its 75th anniversary in Lebanon, Arab Bank presents part of its art
collection in the VIP Lounge of BAF. Throughout the years, the Bank has accumulated an interesting collection of artwork from various Lebanese artists and will be sharing it with art lovers. This space allows VIPs to relax and taste the astonishing creations of the young Lebanese chef, Tara Khattar.
Last but not least The Beirut Art Week
9- BEIRUT ART WEEK 2018
From September 18 to 25 Beirut Art Week allows the public:
-to discover the monumental sculptures displayed in prestigious boutiques and
streets of Beirut
-to take part in unveilings
-to enjoy an open air cinema in the archaeological sites
-to participate in «La Nocturne des Galeries » and celebrate creation in
the city of Beirut.
“Art allows us to maintain our hopes and strive for an ideal, initiates a dialogue between cultures, and carries a message of peace”
Laure d’hauteville, fair founder and director.
SAVE THE DATE:
Beirut Art Fair 2018 from September 20 to September 23, 2018 in Hall 3 of the Seaside Arena (previously BIEL)
Beirut Art Week 2018 from September 18 to 25, 2018.