Author: Marwan Naaman

All That Remains

Memories of exile pervade Fathallah Zamroud’s paintings. The Lebanese artist, whose latest exhibit “Distant Remains” opened at Beirut’s Ayyam Gallery on September 6, can trace his lineage back to Ottoman Turkey. His grandparents fled their ancestral land in Southern Turkey to Aleppo after the Armenian Genocide, and his own parents in turn had to leave […]

Let Me Dance Tonight

When I handed my entrance ticket to the attendant at Paris’ Musée Galliera, she told me I could look at the outfits on display but not to touch them. She then sized me up and down and added: “And under no circumstances are you allowed to try on the dresses!” Once I entered the museum […]

Witnesses to War

Catherine de Zegher combines the works of Francisco Goya and Farideh Lashai to provide a stunning look at similar conflicts that existed two centuries apart When Spanish artist Francisco Goya created his devastating series of 82 prints The Disasters of War, between 1810 and 1820, he was protesting the horrific violence caused by the Spanish […]

Tableau Vivant

As he celebrates turning 60 this year, John Akomfrah can look back on an impressive artistic career that has garnered him prestigious honors and awards, including his appointment as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008. Born in Accra, Ghana, but living in the United Kingdom since he was four years […]

A Museum for the People

Zeina Arida, director of Beirut’s Sursock Museum, shares her grand vision for the future The Sursock Museum made international headlines when it reopened in October 2015, after a seven-year closure and multimillion-dollar renovations. Its inaugural exhibition, Regards sur Beyrouth, which traced Beirut’s evolution over 160 years, packed a strong emotional punch, reaffirming the museum’s attachment […]

Altered Reality

American sculptor Roxy Paine has long been exploring the interaction between the human and natural worlds. Through his work, he exposes the chaos that comes from mankind’s continued attempt to impose its will on nature. A new dual exhibit in Manhattan, held concurrently at two of Paul Kasmin’s Chelsea galleries, highlights recent works by the […]

Architectural Dialogue

Ettore Sottsass was one of the great architects of the 20th century. This year, in celebration of the centennial of Sottsass’ birth, architect Charles Zana is staging a special exhibit as part of the Venice Biennale that links the work of Sottsass with that of another famed architect: Carlo Scarpa. Scarpa and Sottsass were born […]

Creatures of the Wild

  Downtown Beirut’s premier art space, Opera Gallery, has teamed up with Animals Lebanon, one of the country’s leading organizations actively working for the protection and welfare of animals, to host “Giving Back to Nature.” This new exhibit aims to highlight the power of nature and wildlife, while attempting to explain how animals have affected […]

Native Hills

  Marsden Hartley was America’s first great modern painter, and a precursor to such greats as Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns. Over the years, he repeatedly modified his style, often in response to the era’s artistic trends, but he somehow managed to create a technique that was all his own, blending inventiveness and American transcendentalism […]

Wedding Dresses in Flight

If you’d happened to be walking on Beirut’s seaside Corniche last Saturday, April 22, you would have witnessed a most singular sight: 31 wedding dresses appearing to float in the Mediterranean sky, like otherworldly ghosts descending upon the earth. But an apparition the dresses certainly weren’t. Rather, they formed part of an ephemeral installation by […]