Now in its seventh edition, the Beirut Art Fair is really hitting its stride. Last year’s edition attracted more than 21,000 visitors — six times the 3500 who attended the inaugural edition of the fair in 2010.
This year’s fair features 40 local and international galleries with links to the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia art scene, and is once again flanked by Beirut Art Week, which runs across the city from September 13 to 20. New this year are two prominent exhibitions within the framework of the fair: Bankmed-sponsored Lebanon Modern! Women Artists in Lebanon, 1945 — 1970, and SGBL’s REVEALING, dedicated to young emerging artists from the region. Selections is delighted to be in charge of the SELECTIONS VIP LOUNGE, a networking space for collectors and VIPs to make connections while admiring a dramatic large-scale installation by artist Vika Kova.
Returning events include the Byblos Bank Award, now in its fifth year, which is dedicated to supporting the work of young Lebanese photographers. In addition to the on-site attractions, this year’s programme includes an exceptional opportunity for VIPs to visit the private residences of some of the city’s most prominent art collectors. There is also an option for visiting art lovers to participate in a nineday grand tour of Lebanon’s cultural sites and museums.