29 must sees at Beirut Art Week


In the past weeks we’ve witnessed protests, trash, and sandstorms – all very ugly things. Now Beirut Art Week is giving us a beautiful break, poking its head through the cracks and blossoming in city streets. From September 15 to 22 instillations, exhibitions, and events are changing Beirut’s urban landscape, bringing out its heritage and merging it with artistic expression. From public spaces to luxury boutiques, our intense little concrete jungle is transforming into an oversized art space.


The 3rd instalment of the annual event features artworks including an intricate face sculpture by Korean metal-smith Seo Young-Deok at Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab’s flagship store; a one-off Hermes scarf by Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc at the brand’s boutique in Beirut Souks; a pop-art cartoon dog by Brazil’s sensational Romero Britto in the window of the Joseph boutique; Lebanese artist Nabil Helou’s large ergonomic sculpture outside the Panarai in Beirut Souks; a tree-inspired art instillation at Vertu (who are also releasing a one-of-a-kind phone designed by the artist); and stunning sculptures by Syria’s Issa Kazah at Le Gray.



Take a walk around the Beirut Central District to discover this incredible variety of art by Lebanon’s seasoned artists and international creators. The Beirut Art Week city map will help guide you so that you don’t miss any of the must-see destinations. The weeklong event starts ahead of the Beirut Art Fair, which opens to the public on September 18. There are also additional exhibitions in other parts of town. Check out our full list below.


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1 Alfred Basbous – Le Gray Hotel

2 Issa Kazah – Le Gray Hotel, 6th floor

3 Rafael Barrios – Le Gray Hotel

4 Memorial Gebran Tueini – Le Gray Hotel

5 Louis Debré – Samir Kassir Garden

6 Romero Britto – JOSEPH boutique, Foch Street

7 Safaa Al Set – Tod’s boutique, 142 Foch Street

8 Marc Quinn – AISHTI, Moutran Street

9 Ahmad Bahrani – AIR FRANCE, Saad Zaghoul Street

10 Hania Farrell – Vertu boutique, 136 Allenby Street

11 Mojé Assefjiah – Marina Rinaldi boutique, Allenby Street

12 Nayla Romanos, Iliya, Entangled Love 2015 – Souk El Tawileh, Beirut Souks

13 Arne Quinze – Sayyour Square, Beirut Souks

14 Pablo Reinoso – Jewellery Souks Square, Beirut Souks

15 Nabil Helou – Panerai boutique, Beirut Souks

16 Luis Lleo – Souk El Franj, Beirut Souks

17 Xavier Corbero – Bab Idriss Square, Beirut Souks

18 Julio Le Parc – Hermes boutique, Beirut Souks

19 Seo Young-Deok – Elie Saab Boutique, Beirut Central District

20 Anachar Basbous – Zaitunay Bay

21 Kameel Hawa – Beirut Waterfront

22 Saloua Raouda Choucair – Gibran Khalil Gibran Garden, ESCWA

23 Saloua Raouda Choucair – Amir Amin Square

24 Emile Mezher – Saifi Square, Saifi Village

25 Beirut Art Fair (September 18 – 20) – BIEL

26 “Biography” sculpture exhibition by Ahmed Albahrani ( September 16 – October 8) – Artspace Hamra, th Floor, Costa Cafe Bldg, Hamra Street

27 “September in Beirut”, a contemporary vision of Indian Art (September 17- October 18) – Beirut Exhibition Centre, Beirut Waterfront

28 “Bridge to Palestine”, an artistic expresson of 14 diverse Palestinian creators (September 18 – 28) – Mark Hachem Gallery, Salloum Street, Mina El Hosn

29 “Les Origines de la Villa Rose a Beyrouth” by Claude Mollard – Ecole Superieure des Affaire, Villa Rose, 289 rue Clemenceau


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