New Beirut Art Center

Patrick Healy, “Face of War Pervades New Beirut Art Center,” New York Times (July 6, 2009 )

“The Beirut Art Center, a 16,000-square-foot space occupying two floors of a former factory, opened on Jan. 15 with a gala that drew a thousand people, and it has quickly emerged as a popular destination for Beirutis, tourists and art critics at the city’s newspapers and across Lebanon.

Through next Tuesday it is housing a provocative exhibition of work by 20 Lebanese artists titled “The Road to Peace: Paintings in Times of War, 1975-1991,” a collection of pieces that portray the trauma of the Lebanese civil war. Most of the work has not been shown publicly before, the exhibition organizers say, and reflects the art center’s ambitions to become a major cultural player in a modern, peaceful Lebanon.”

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