Published on December 5th, 2015 | by EspaceSD0
The Art of Lebanon
Lebanon as a Country
Lebanon is a country with interesting arts and culture, which have developed with the passage of time. The Lebanese people are people from different civilizations that evolved thousands of years ago. The present day Lebanon was formerly occupied by the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the Crusaders, the Ottoman Turks and finally the French. As a matter of fact, the varied cultures of all these old occupants of Lebanon make up the culture of the present day Lebanon. Lebanon is rich in culture and arts such as architecture, music, literature, festivals, dancing, tourism, cuisine, religion, etc.
It is very interesting to know that Lebanon has diversified religion, but nevertheless the culture is shared by all. The official language in Lebanon is Arabic, which is also referred to as the Lebanese Arabic, but in some cases French is also spoken.
Artistic works in Lebanon are sub divided into two categories: the visual arts and the contemporary arts.
Visual Arts in Lebanon
Visual arts have to do with artistic works which you can see and appreciate. In Lebanon, visual arts such as paintings are always very prominent. There are quite a lot of painters in Lebanon who will always ensure they add meaning and value to the art world. As a matter of fact, Lebanon is known today as a tourist area owing to her renowned visual art works. Quite a lot of people from far and wide come to Lebanon to appreciate these wonderful handworks of painters. The creativity and concepts which they apply are actually what you cannot get anywhere else in the world.
Contemporary Arts in Lebanon
This art gained its origin in Beirut immediately after the end of the civil war, which lasted from 1975 to 1991. It includesthe alternative artwork of Anita Toutikian and also that of WalidRaad, who now lives in New York. As a matter of fact, there are two exhibition centers in Lebanon, which are the Beirut Art Center and also the Beirut Exhibition Center. Neither of these centers should be missed by art lovers. These centers exhibit artworks by:AkramZaatari, Mansour El-Habre, NadimAsfar, Jean Marc Nahas, Ayman Baalbaki, Ricardo Mbarkho, Marwan Sahmarani, Lamia Jorege, etc. The persons that run the affairs of the galleries include:GalerieAlwane, Saleh Barakat, Nadine Begdache, Agial, Odile Mazlomum, Galerie Mark Hachem, Galarie Janine Rubeiz, and FadiMagabgab.
Moreover, there are still small or temporary exhibitions of contemporary arts such as: FFA Private Bank, Bank Audi Plaza, and Bank of Lebanon Street, where paintings such as FabienneArietti’s Nasdaq and Jean Dubuffet Sculpture, Kevin Dash’s building and Michel Basbous sculpture can be found. There is also an association that was founded by Christine Tohme, Marwan Rechmaoui, Rania Tabbara, Mustapha Yamout and Leila Mroueh known as AshkalAlwan, which is a Lebanese association for plastic arts. At first, this association was formed based on critical art practices within the jurisdiction of post-war Lebanon. Also, in Lebanon there is a multidisciplinary platform referred to as the Home Works Forum, which usually takes place once every year in Beirut.It is a platform that enhances research and exchange on artistic practices in all of Lebanon.