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Chinese Pavilion

Featuring work by contemporary artists Tang Nannan and Wu Jian’an and traditional artisans Wang Tianwen and Yao Huifen, the Chinese Pavilion was organised by artist, curator and professor Qiu Zhijie, who believes that “contemporary and traditional arts shouldn’t be separated.” Like many of the pavilions this year, the exhibition has a performative element, thanks to […]

Lebanese pavilion | Zad Moultaka

In the Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Zad Moultaka looks back 4000 years to reflect on the contemporary Near East and its idols Lebanon didn’t participate in the last edition of the Venice Biennale, but it makes a return this year with an ambitious pavilion that reflects not just on the history of Lebanon, […]

British Pavilion | Phyllida Barlow

Known for her colossal sculptures that completely dominate the space, British artist Phyllida Barlow has developed a unique visual vocabulary through using inexpensive materials such as plywood, cardboard, plaster, cement, fabric and paint. Her anti-monumental sculptures confront the relationship between objects and the space that surrounds them, often leaving viewers with a sense of suspense, […]

Armenian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale | Jean Boghossian

Jean Boghossian, a Brussels-based Lebanese artist, sculptor and painter of Armenian descent represents Armenia at its national pavilion this year. Boghossian’s works experiment with surface materiality, which he interrogates by twisting, crushing, piercing and burning canvas or paper as a personal response to what and how one is to paint today. These results in artworks […]

Biennial & Museum Acquisitions issue

It has been a season rich in Biennales, collaborations with artists and mind-blowing exhibitions. Selections had a chance to talk to the amazing Samia Hababi in Dubai, where she told us all about her concurrent exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery. Halabi’s conversational prowess inspires a gleeful wish to memorise every word. My good friend Sadik Kwaish […]

Beirut Design Week 2017

In its sixth consecutive year, Beirut Design Week 2017 starts today May 19th! The event showcases the best of Lebanese and international design in various location around Beirut. Visit their program, you wouldn’t want to miss it. Daily Schedule here. Bokja, Homesick – Saifi Village, 22nd of May Outside of defining the concept of home as a […]

Venice Biennale 2017

The Venice Biennale 2017 titled Viva Arte Viva, opens to the public this Saturday 13th of May, at Giardini and Arsenale. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss! PAVILIONS AT GIARDINI: Russian Pavilion: Theatrum Orbis Artist: Grisha Bruskin, Recycle Group, Sasha Pirogova Commissioner: Semyon Mikhailovsky Curator: Semyon Mikhailovsky Venue: Pavilion at Giardini Giardini 7 Japanese Pavilion: Turned Upside […]

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 […]

Curated by Edward Gibbs

Edward Gibbs, Chairman, Sotheby’s, Middle East and India Edward Gibbs joined Sotheby’s in 2003. He advises private, corporate and institutional collectors across Europe, North America, North Africa, The Middle East, South Asia and throughout the Muslim world. He oversees three major auction categories: Arts of the Islamic World, Art of Imperial India and Contemporary Arab, […]

Prized Time

With Les Eternelles de Chanel collection of watches, the legendary French fashion house has created an artistic line of high jewellery Karl Lagerfeld made fashion history last July when he publicly paid tribute to Chanel’s 200-plus behind-the-scenes workers. For Chanel’s fall/winter 2016-17 haute couture runway show at Paris’ Grand Palais, he set up the atelier […]