“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
This spring, to mark the season of creativity and new beginnings, Selections invited Jean Boghossian and Ayman Baalbaki to work together. The resulting collaboration led to a stunning series of paintings blending the two artists’ distinctive approaches, from Boghossian’s burning of his canvasses to Baalbaki’s florally-inflected impressionist paintings. Bruno Corà, art critic and president of the Foundation Albizzini Collezione Burri in Città di Castello in Umbria, Italy, joined the two artists to observe them at work, and shares with us his insights into the significance of their collaboration. As well as reading more about this exceptional experience in the following pages, your own exclusive window on the artists at work can be found on our website. It is also an honour to have Bruno as our special guest curator for this issue. Read on to discover his ten favourite works.
Celebrating creativity across the world, we shine a light on the high points of Dubai Design Week and Milan’s Salone del Mobile, and take time out to admire Chanel Haute Couture’s mesmerising new collection and talk to Lebanese designer Karen Chekerdjian, whose work is ingeniously installed at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.
With summer fast approaching, many of us will find our thoughts turning to travel and adventure. At Selections we’re looking out for global destinations that offer access to unmissable art.
In Milan, the Prada Foundation has set new standards for museums worldwide. Much like the artworks it houses, the structure of the building encourages original thought; it’s a place that embodies the foundation’s emphasis on constant reinvention.
A glorious exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, meanwhile, highlights contemporary works from the Middle East and North Africa in what is perhaps one of the museum’s boldest moves, aiming to foster cross-cultural understanding.
For a spot of culture by the sea, we explore the burgeoning art scene in Lisbon, and talk to art-architecture collective Os Espacialistas, who are seeking to change perspectives on everyday spaces. We also stop off in Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque coastal village near Tunis that has long served as an inspiration for artists, and which today houses some of Tunisia’s best contemporary art galleries.
We end this issue with a creative twist: the Mecca Flower takes the final page alone, an artwork without words. Inspiring, we hope, as much as all of our other pages. And if you enjoy it, of course, pass it on.