Month: May 2016

Beirut When It’s Breathing

Designer Karen Chekerdjian reinvents the exhibition experience by introducing her creations at Paris’ Institut du Monde Arabe It’s been a busy year for Karen Chekerdjian. The Beirut-based Lebanese designer is staging two simultaneous exhibitions in Paris, as her exceptional designs continue to extend their reach from Lebanon to the world. In a most significant recognition […]

Natural Selection

Chanel’s SS 2016 haute couture show was a revelation, featuring delicate pieces crafted from natural, sustainable materials including wood The first surprise at Chanel’s spring 2016 haute couture show was the set. The house often creates fantasy landscapes inside the soaring space of Paris’s Art Nouveau exhibition hall Grand Palais — anything from a polar scene complete […]

Light in Time

Panerai’s collaboration with designer Moritz Waldemeyer has yielded a fascinating series of installations inspired by time and technology For this year’s Milan Salone, Panerai commissioned the designer Moritz Waldemeyer to produce three works, each inspired by the universe and traditions of Panerai. They represent an interpretation of the brand’s technological innovations, and together they form […]

Mastering Ambient Disorder

Beirut Armenian-Lebanese artist Assadour returned to Lebanon for the first time in 15 years for a significant exhibition at the Sursock Museum “When I lived in Beirut I used to do portraits,” recalls Assadour. The Armenian-Lebanese artist spoke to Selections during his first visit to Lebanon in 15 years, for the opening of his comprehensive […]

Beyond Beirut

Beirut Ras Masqa Artists in Residence took contemporary art beyond the confines of Lebanon’s capital this spring, with a public programme focused on the theme of art education Lebanon’s art scene is growing all the time, but it remains almost totally centralised. Galleries, fairs and the majority of the country’s temporary exhibitions are all held […]

Visual Feasts

Doha Influential Emirati artist Hassan Sharif’s solo show at Mathaf is a journey of rediscovery Despite being considered the father of conceptual art in the Gulf region, Hassan Sharif has on many occasions affirmed that his practice is neither minimalist nor conceptual and proceeded instead to define it as “an adventure [ during the course […]

Artful Epicure

Beirut Beirut’s La Petite Maison shines the spotlight on two Lebanese artists Next time you dine at La Petite Maison in Downtown Beirut, you’ll be greeted by two large, colourful paintings, on display at the French Mediterranean restaurant for the spring season. The first and larger of the paintings is by Lebanese artist Nadim Karam. […]

Arab Art Abroad

London A comprehensive four-part exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery uses pieces on loan from the Barjeel Collection to explore the evolution of art from the Arab world from the early 20th century to today At the heart of Imperfect Chronology: Debating Modernism II was the tragic portrait The Three Palestinian Boys by Syrian artist Marwan […]

Taking the Temperature of Sidi Bou Said

Selections visits two contemporary art galleries in Sidi Bou Said, Tunis, to see what’s happening in the heart of Tunisia’s burgeoning art scene Rafik El Kamel Le Violon Bleu January 21 to March 27 One of Tunisia’s most prominent artists, Rafik El Kamel was born in 1944 and studied painting in Tunisia before spending time […]

Dropping Anchor in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Xavier Mascaró’s fleet of iron and bronze boats will spend the summer at Warehouse 421 in Mina Port, Abu Dhabi While the desert is a central fact of life in the Emirates, there’s just as strong an attachment to the sea. As a trade hub, pearling and fishing were at the core of […]