Syria Contemporary Art Fair in Beirut
With all of the problems and fears regarding a Syrian spillover into Lebanon, there are some masterful silver linings. This week I had an opportunity some of those silver linings at an exhibition of modern Syrian art at Beirut’s Artheum. The sleek space was filled with paintings, mixed media, bronze sculptures, stone, concrete installations, photography, among other mediums.
Over a million Syrians are estimated to be living in Lebanon – among them are some of Syria’s great artists. Syrians are flourishing in Lebanon’s already thriving art scene. In article in Boat Magazine, the writer quotes an artist who spoke to The Economist. “The revolution didn’t stop the Syrian art movement,” Rabee Kiwan said, who fled Syria and is now in Beirut, continuing, “On the contrary it made it more active, but inside Syria there are no more galleries and exhibitions.” Kiwan’s work can be found in the slideshow below, along with many other talented artists’.