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Laila Shawa

Laila Shawa was born in 1940 to a wealthy Gazan family. As a child, she was curious about art, but per her own description, her career as an artist started with a happy coincidence. In the mid-1950s, she was enrolled in the American University of Cairo as a student of political science and sociology when she had tea with her father and a family friend. Read More >>

Kader Attia

Born in the Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, France, in 1970 to an Algerian family originally from the mountainous areas around the Algerian city of Constantine, Kader Attia grew up between two countries and cultures. He studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs both in Paris. Read More >>

Hussein Madi

Hussein Madi was born in Chebaa, a town on the southeastern tip of Lebanon, in 1938. He spent his summers following his paternal grandfather into the orchards, observing him perform with talent, diligence, and mastery of his daily farming, carpentry, or blacksmith chores. From his stoic and wise grandfather Read More >>

Samia Halaby

A leading abstract visual artist, Samia Halaby, was born in 1936, in Jerusalem, Palestine. Halaby and her family relocated to Lebanon during the Nakba, Palestinian exodus in 1948. By then, most of the Palestinian land was occupied, and the Israeli state was declared.
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Yasmina Hilal

Yasmina Hilal was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1996. She is a Lebanese-American collage artist and photographer, whose work is influenced by and concerned with fashion. This is no surprise, considering that her grandmother owned a clothing store in Beirut called Beverly Hills, in the 1960s. Read More >>

May 15, 2024, marks the 76th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba or Palestinian Catastrophe. The Nakba is the beginning of the ethnic cleansing and destruction of homeland of the Palestinian people. It is considered a watershed moment in both Palestinian and Arab history. 
Ayman Baalbaki's petrified fida'i (freedom fighter) portrait bust is a symbol of ongoing Palestinian resistance in the face of brutal occupation. This year's anniversary is especially poignant as the war on Gaza continues. 
#art #arab #arabart #dafbeirut #daf #nakba #palestine #exhibition

May 15, 2024, marks the 76th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba or Palestinian Catastrophe. The Nakba is the beginning of the ethnic cleansing and destruction of homeland of the Palestinian people. It is considered a watershed moment in both Palestinian and Arab history.

Ayman Baalbaki`s petrified fida`i (freedom fighter) portrait bust is a symbol of ongoing Palestinian resistance in the face of brutal occupation. This year`s anniversary is especially poignant as the war on Gaza continues.

#art #arab #arabart #dafbeirut #daf #nakba #palestine #exhibition
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Our new exhibition Hope in an Age of Dystopia is open to the public starting Friday May 17th, from 11AM till 5PM.
To book a visit, please visit our website (link in bio) or email rsvp@dafbeirut.org, or call 01-791229

Our new exhibition Hope in an Age of Dystopia is open to the public starting Friday May 17th, from 11AM till 5PM.

To book a visit, please visit our website (link in bio) or email rsvp@dafbeirut.org, or call 01-791229
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Yasmina Nysten's The Coverts, 2023, explores the human behavior of those embedded within the intricate systems of the Black Market. It focuses on the body language of the people involved by marking their belonging to covert, illegal industries. Nysten invites the viewer to observe the intricate choreographies involved in the exchange, thus highlighting the ways in which we remain separate and outside this moment.
The Coverts is one of the seminal works exhibited at the Hope in the Age of Dystopia exhibition, coming soon. Stay tuned!
Artwork details:
@yasmina.nysten 
The Coverts, 2023
Mixed media on canvas
186 x 152 cm
#daf #dafbeirut #arab #arabart #art #hope #age #dystopia #exhibition

Yasmina Nysten`s The Coverts, 2023, explores the human behavior of those embedded within the intricate systems of the Black Market. It focuses on the body language of the people involved by marking their belonging to covert, illegal industries. Nysten invites the viewer to observe the intricate choreographies involved in the exchange, thus highlighting the ways in which we remain separate and outside this moment.

The Coverts is one of the seminal works exhibited at the Hope in the Age of Dystopia exhibition, coming soon. Stay tuned!

Artwork details:

@yasmina.nysten
The Coverts, 2023
Mixed media on canvas
186 x 152 cm

#daf #dafbeirut #arab #arabart #art #hope #age #dystopia #exhibition
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The Little Prince of Gaza is officially closed. Check out the exhibition's Virtual Tour by following the link in the bio
 Make sure to sign up for our Newsletter for Arts insight 
Stay tuned for coming exhibitions
#daf #dafbeirut #thelittleprinceofgaza #gaza #exhibition #arabart #art

The Little Prince of Gaza is officially closed. Check out the exhibition`s Virtual Tour by following the link in the bio

 Make sure to sign up for our Newsletter for Arts insight

Stay tuned for coming exhibitions

#daf #dafbeirut #thelittleprinceofgaza #gaza #exhibition #arabart #art
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Modern Arab Art exhibited at the Central pavilion of la Biennale di Venezia 2024
The 60th International Art Exhibition Foreigners Everywhere will be open to the public starting tomorrow April the 20th 2024 with 10 artists from the Modern Arab World exhibitied at the Central Pavillion. Discover more about those artists : https://dafbeirut.org/en/events/Ten-artworks-from-the-Dalloul-Art-Foundation-exhibited-at-La-Biennale-di-Venezia-2024 
#BiennaleArte2024 #StranieriOvunque #ForeignersEverywhere #daf #dafbeirut #arab #arabart

Modern Arab Art exhibited at the Central pavilion of la Biennale di Venezia 2024


The 60th International Art Exhibition Foreigners Everywhere will be open to the public starting tomorrow April the 20th 2024 with 10 artists from the Modern Arab World exhibitied at the Central Pavillion. Discover more about those artists : https://dafbeirut.org/en/events/Ten-artworks-from-the-Dalloul-Art-Foundation-exhibited-at-La-Biennale-di-Venezia-2024


#BiennaleArte2024 #StranieriOvunque #ForeignersEverywhere #daf #dafbeirut #arab #arabart
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Art Talks: Visual Analysis is a series of filmed analytical discussions part of the UNTITLED Abstractions exhibition, previously showcased at DAF. UNTITLED Abstractions features a selection of abstract artworks from the DAF Collection, all of which are 'Untitled.' The exhibition investigates the visual language of abstraction, and the role of a title, or lack thereof, in abstract art. It introduces myriad abstract artworks from the Arab region.
This series is available on our channel on YouTube and on our website dafbeirut.org. 
Artwork details
YVETTE ACHKAR, Lebanon
Untitled, 1975
Medium: Oil on canvas
135 x 115 cm
#DAF #artists #dafbeirut #painting #lebanon #beirut #arabart #arab #art #organization

Art Talks: Visual Analysis is a series of filmed analytical discussions part of the UNTITLED Abstractions exhibition, previously showcased at DAF. UNTITLED Abstractions features a selection of abstract artworks from the DAF Collection, all of which are `Untitled.` The exhibition investigates the visual language of abstraction, and the role of a title, or lack thereof, in abstract art. It introduces myriad abstract artworks from the Arab region.

This series is available on our channel on YouTube and on our website dafbeirut.org.

Artwork details

YVETTE ACHKAR, Lebanon
Untitled, 1975
Medium: Oil on canvas
135 x 115 cm

#DAF #artists #dafbeirut #painting #lebanon #beirut #arabart #arab #art #organization
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The Little Prince of Gaza exhibition will end on the 15th of April. 
Guided tours are available for visitors upon reservation.
Space is limited, please RSVP at:
Email: rsvp@dafbeirut.org
Call: +961 1 791229
White Tower, Koraytem, Beirut, Leban.
#organization #art #arab #arabart #beirut #lebanon #dafbeirut #DAF #palestine

The Little Prince of Gaza exhibition will end on the 15th of April.

Guided tours are available for visitors upon reservation.

Space is limited, please RSVP at:

Email: rsvp@dafbeirut.org
Call: +961 1 791229
White Tower, Koraytem, Beirut, Leban.

#organization #art #arab #arabart #beirut #lebanon #dafbeirut #DAF #palestine
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The Lebanese Pavilion at la Biennale Arte 2024 celebrates Lebanon's rich history and cultural heritage with Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh’s multimedia installation, "A Dance with her Myth." Al Solh revisits the myth of Europa's abduction by expressing herself on women's fate and capacity for resilience, following the example of the Phoenician princess Europa. The artist intertwines allegorical storytelling with a documentary flair, providing a perspective on the aspirations and challenges faced by women today. The expansive installation, comprising 41 pieces, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, embroideries, and videos, promises to captivate visitors with its powerful exploration of femininity and identity. The Lebanese Pavilion, held under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and organized by the Lebanese Visual Art Association (LVAA), reflects the Dalloul Art Foundation's (DAF) dedication to promoting Lebanese art and reaffirms its support as the main patron. Moreover, DAF cultivates a dynamic engagement with the global art community as it continues its support to ensure the presence of the Lebanese Pavilion at the BIENNALE ARTE 2024. 
For more information, see the link
The 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia:
April 20 - November 24, 2024
www.lebanesepavilionvenice.com 
@lebanesepavilionvenice2024
#LebanesePavilionVenice2024
#ADancewithherMyth #daf #dafbeirut #arab #art #arabart

The Lebanese Pavilion at la Biennale Arte 2024 celebrates Lebanon`s rich history and cultural heritage with Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh’s multimedia installation, "A Dance with her Myth." Al Solh revisits the myth of Europa`s abduction by expressing herself on women`s fate and capacity for resilience, following the example of the Phoenician princess Europa. The artist intertwines allegorical storytelling with a documentary flair, providing a perspective on the aspirations and challenges faced by women today. The expansive installation, comprising 41 pieces, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, embroideries, and videos, promises to captivate visitors with its powerful exploration of femininity and identity. The Lebanese Pavilion, held under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and organized by the Lebanese Visual Art Association (LVAA), reflects the Dalloul Art Foundation`s (DAF) dedication to promoting Lebanese art and reaffirms its support as the main patron. Moreover, DAF cultivates a dynamic engagement with the global art community as it continues its support to ensure the presence of the Lebanese Pavilion at the BIENNALE ARTE 2024.

For more information, see the link
The 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia:
April 20 - November 24, 2024
www.lebanesepavilionvenice.com

@lebanesepavilionvenice2024

#LebanesePavilionVenice2024
#ADancewithherMyth #daf #dafbeirut #arab #art #arabart
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Ten artworks from the Dalloul Art Foundation exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia 2024
60th International Art Exhibition
Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere
Venice (Giardini and Arsenale) April 20 – November 24 2024
Pre-opening: April 17, 18 and 19
The Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation (DAF) is delighted to announce that ten artworks from its collection will be featured in the forthcoming 60th International Art Exhibition, titled “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere,” curated by Adriano Pedrosa. 
The International Exhibition will take place in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and the Arsenale. With 332 participants, it will feature two sections: the Nucleo Contemporaneo and the Nucleo Storico.
The ten artworks will  along others from Latin America, Africa, the Arab world, and Asia, will be showcased in the Nucleo Storico : a section of the International Art Exhibition which featuring  20th century art that spans from 1905-1999; it addresses global modernisms and modernisms in the Global South. As explained by the curator Adriano Pedrosa, the exhibition is conceived as “a speculative curatorial exercise that seeks to question the boundaries and definitions of modernism”,“We are all too familiar with the histories of modernism in Euroamerica, yet the modernisms in the Global South remain largely unknown”, Pedrosa expressed. 
The curatorial direction aligns with DAF’s commitment to promoting Arab Art and highlighting  modern art from the Arab world.A selection of artworks created by the  following Arab artists: 
Aly Ben Salem, Tunisia (1920 - 2001) 
Bibi Zogbé, Lebanon (1890 - 1975)
Effat Naghi, Egypt (1905 - 1994)
Ezekiel Baroukh, Egypt (1909 - 1984)
Inji Efflatoun, Egypt (1924 - 1989)
Mohammed Kacimi, Morocco (1942 - 2003)
Mohammed Hamidi, Morocco (1941)
Mohammed Chebaa, Lebanon (1935 - 2013)
Samia Osseiran Junblat, Lebanon (1944)
Tahia Halim, Egypt (1919 - 2003)
We invite you to visit La Biennale di Venezia 60th
Foreigners Everywhere and immerse yourself in this extraordinary showcase of visual arts.
#BiennaleArte2024 #StranieriOvunque #ForeignersEverywhere #daf #dafbeirut #arab #arabart

Ten artworks from the Dalloul Art Foundation exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia 2024

60th International Art Exhibition
Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere
Venice (Giardini and Arsenale) April 20 – November 24 2024
Pre-opening: April 17, 18 and 19

The Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation (DAF) is delighted to announce that ten artworks from its collection will be featured in the forthcoming 60th International Art Exhibition, titled “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere,” curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

The International Exhibition will take place in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and the Arsenale. With 332 participants, it will feature two sections: the Nucleo Contemporaneo and the Nucleo Storico.

The ten artworks will along others from Latin America, Africa, the Arab world, and Asia, will be showcased in the Nucleo Storico : a section of the International Art Exhibition which featuring 20th century art that spans from 1905-1999; it addresses global modernisms and modernisms in the Global South. As explained by the curator Adriano Pedrosa, the exhibition is conceived as “a speculative curatorial exercise that seeks to question the boundaries and definitions of modernism”,“We are all too familiar with the histories of modernism in Euroamerica, yet the modernisms in the Global South remain largely unknown”, Pedrosa expressed.
The curatorial direction aligns with DAF’s commitment to promoting Arab Art and highlighting modern art from the Arab world.A selection of artworks created by the following Arab artists:

Aly Ben Salem, Tunisia (1920 - 2001)
Bibi Zogbé, Lebanon (1890 - 1975)
Effat Naghi, Egypt (1905 - 1994)
Ezekiel Baroukh, Egypt (1909 - 1984)
Inji Efflatoun, Egypt (1924 - 1989)
Mohammed Kacimi, Morocco (1942 - 2003)
Mohammed Hamidi, Morocco (1941)
Mohammed Chebaa, Lebanon (1935 - 2013)
Samia Osseiran Junblat, Lebanon (1944)
Tahia Halim, Egypt (1919 - 2003)

We invite you to visit La Biennale di Venezia 60th
Foreigners Everywhere and immerse yourself in this extraordinary showcase of visual arts.

#BiennaleArte2024 #StranieriOvunque #ForeignersEverywhere #daf #dafbeirut #arab #arabart
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Hommage to all the mothers around the globe, but especially to those in the motherland of Palestine.
Artwork details:
IBRAHIM HAZIMEH, Palestine
The Mothers, 2002
Medium: Gouache and watercolour on paper
62 x 48 cm
#daf #dafbeirut #arab #arabart #mothersday

Hommage to all the mothers around the globe, but especially to those in the motherland of Palestine.

Artwork details:

IBRAHIM HAZIMEH, Palestine
The Mothers, 2002
Medium: Gouache and watercolour on paper
62 x 48 cm

#daf #dafbeirut #arab #arabart #mothersday
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كيف تعيش في سجنٍ واسع؟
زنازينه من نار ورماد
وتقوم من تحت الأنقاض
تتشعلق ف رقاب القاتل
تجمع اشلائك وتقاتل
وتوري الدنيا الكدابة
كيف يسير قانون الغابة
من اين طريق الحرية 
ومن أين تؤتى الدبابة
مش فارقة العالم يتكلم
موت حر وما تعيشٌ مسلّم
تلهم جيل ورا جيل يتعلم
كيف يعيش ويموت لقضية
بننادي على عالم مين
علشان يستنكر ويدين
دن كما شئت فأي إدانة
لما يجري جوا السلخانة
مش هتخف بارود الدانة
ولا قادرة ترجع له صباح
تلك قضية 
وهذا كفاح
—-
How do you dwell in a boundless jail?
Where cells are forged of flame and dust
Rising from beneath the rubble's unbearable scale
Reaching and clutching the killer's neck 
Gather your fragments, take up the fight
Reveal to the world's deceitful guise
The law of the jungle’s might
And show the path to freedom's rise
And from where comes the tank’s smite
It matters not the world's discourse
Die free, never live in submission
Generations of courage to endorse
Living and dying for the cause 
We’re calling on the world, but who will answer?
To condemn and denounce, what will it mend? 
Amidst the slaughter, condemnations come to what end? 
Still the gunpowder's blaze does not grow cold
It will never return to them the morning light 
This is the cause, this is the fight
The true struggle 
Our true struggle 
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Artwork courtesy of the Dalloul Art Foundation @dafbeirut
Music courtesy of Cairokee @cairokee
#DAF #dafbeirut #lebanon #beirut #modern #arab #art #arabart #organization  #artists #cairokee #music #arabmusic #international

كيف تعيش في سجنٍ واسع؟
زنازينه من نار ورماد
وتقوم من تحت الأنقاض
تتشعلق ف رقاب القاتل
تجمع اشلائك وتقاتل
وتوري الدنيا الكدابة
كيف يسير قانون الغابة
من اين طريق الحرية
ومن أين تؤتى الدبابة

مش فارقة العالم يتكلم
موت حر وما تعيشٌ مسلّم
تلهم جيل ورا جيل يتعلم
كيف يعيش ويموت لقضية

بننادي على عالم مين
علشان يستنكر ويدين
دن كما شئت فأي إدانة
لما يجري جوا السلخانة
مش هتخف بارود الدانة
ولا قادرة ترجع له صباح
تلك قضية
وهذا كفاح

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How do you dwell in a boundless jail?
Where cells are forged of flame and dust
Rising from beneath the rubble`s unbearable scale
Reaching and clutching the killer`s neck
Gather your fragments, take up the fight
Reveal to the world`s deceitful guise
The law of the jungle’s might
And show the path to freedom`s rise
And from where comes the tank’s smite

It matters not the world`s discourse
Die free, never live in submission
Generations of courage to endorse
Living and dying for the cause

We’re calling on the world, but who will answer?
To condemn and denounce, what will it mend?
Amidst the slaughter, condemnations come to what end?
Still the gunpowder`s blaze does not grow cold
It will never return to them the morning light
This is the cause, this is the fight
The true struggle
Our true struggle

——
Artwork courtesy of the Dalloul Art Foundation @dafbeirut
Music courtesy of Cairokee @cairokee

#DAF #dafbeirut #lebanon #beirut #modern #arab #art #arabart #organization #artists #cairokee #music #arabmusic #international
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Nowhere#1 is a 100x80 artwork by Palestinian artist Bashar al Hroub portraying five Palestinian children flashing the victory sign with smiles on their faces against a backdrop of empty gold. The piece symbolizes the reality that Palestinian children find themselves in - they lack a specific place to call home, existing in a state of being both everywhere and nowhere simultaneously.
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@bashar_alhroub
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#dafbeirut #daf #beirut #Lebanon #art #arabart #arab #palestine #children #gaza #contemporary #artist

Nowhere#1 is a 100x80 artwork by Palestinian artist Bashar al Hroub portraying five Palestinian children flashing the victory sign with smiles on their faces against a backdrop of empty gold. The piece symbolizes the reality that Palestinian children find themselves in - they lack a specific place to call home, existing in a state of being both everywhere and nowhere simultaneously.
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@bashar_alhroub
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#dafbeirut #daf #beirut #Lebanon #art #arabart #arab #palestine #children #gaza #contemporary #artist
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The Glow of Al-Intifada, 2001, by Ismail Shammout narrates the story of the Second Intifada, which began in late September 2000. Shammout employs dynamic, bold strokes that animate the Palestinians figures in the bottom right corner, while the blue figures of the Israeli forces on the left are condensed and undifferentiated as they extend into the bulldozers destroying the land. He uses a multitude of colors in marking out the Palestinians and the background trees and houses of the village. Other marks of vibrancy are both the Palestinian flag, and the burning fires, accentuating the main underlying struggle.The painting employs visual strategies reminiscent of Mexican Muralism.
In particular, it prioritizes dynamic composition to give a sense of urgency in its depiction of a historic event. Shammout also utilizes narrative storytelling techniques in which the painting presents a sequence of events; here, for instance, the Palestinian people are all united in their resistance of the aggressor, and are optimistically victorious in their efforts, as depicted in the left upper corner by them rising together and holding the vibrant Palestinian flag. Symbolism and allegory are a recurrent aspect of Shammout’s artistic repertoire.
In the context of the second Intifada, propaganda art, meaning art that is meant to convey a particular viewpoint or message, emerged as a tool for expressing political and nationalistic sentiments, reflecting the Palestinian struggle for self-determination, resistance against Israeli occupation, and the desire for independence. Various forms of visual media, including paintings, were used to convey messages, mobilize support, and memorialize events.
Artwork details
ISMAIL SHAMMOUT,Palestine, (b. 1930 d. 2006)The Glow of Al-Intifada, 2001Oil on canvas103.5 x 154 cm
#DAF #dafbeirut #lebanon #beirut #modern #arab #art #arabart #organization #intifada #palestine #artist

The Glow of Al-Intifada, 2001, by Ismail Shammout narrates the story of the Second Intifada, which began in late September 2000. Shammout employs dynamic, bold strokes that animate the Palestinians figures in the bottom right corner, while the blue figures of the Israeli forces on the left are condensed and undifferentiated as they extend into the bulldozers destroying the land. He uses a multitude of colors in marking out the Palestinians and the background trees and houses of the village. Other marks of vibrancy are both the Palestinian flag, and the burning fires, accentuating the main underlying struggle.
The painting employs visual strategies reminiscent of Mexican Muralism.

In particular, it prioritizes dynamic composition to give a sense of urgency in its depiction of a historic event. Shammout also utilizes narrative storytelling techniques in which the painting presents a sequence of events; here, for instance, the Palestinian people are all united in their resistance of the aggressor, and are optimistically victorious in their efforts, as depicted in the left upper corner by them rising together and holding the vibrant Palestinian flag. Symbolism and allegory are a recurrent aspect of Shammout’s artistic repertoire.


In the context of the second Intifada, propaganda art, meaning art that is meant to convey a particular viewpoint or message, emerged as a tool for expressing political and nationalistic sentiments, reflecting the Palestinian struggle for self-determination, resistance against Israeli occupation, and the desire for independence. Various forms of visual media, including paintings, were used to convey messages, mobilize support, and memorialize events.

Artwork details

ISMAIL SHAMMOUT,
Palestine, (b. 1930 d. 2006)
The Glow of Al-Intifada, 2001
Oil on canvas
103.5 x 154 cm

#DAF #dafbeirut #lebanon #beirut #modern #arab #art #arabart #organization #intifada #palestine #artist
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Dalloul Art Foundation

Modern & Contemporary Arab Art

The Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation (DAF) is a Beirut-based visual arts institution dedicated to making modern and contemporary Arab Art accessible to local and international audiences through archiving, exhibitions, education, publications, public programs, and research. Its aim is to preserve and disseminate its permanent collection which includes works in drawing, installation, mixed-media, painting, photography, ceramics, and sculpture.

Providing a comprehensive survey of visual arts from most of the Arab region, DAF’s extensive and massive collection reflects the diversity and boldness of Arab creativity, inspired by the complex realities of the region. 

Since late 2017, DAF has been made accessible to the public through its presence on social media where it highlights the history of Arab art weekly. Researchers and doctoral students can also gain access to the foundation’s extensive resources, collection management system, and in-house research, in order to further their studies. DAF also organizes weekly visits to its extensive storage galleries for schools, universities and other interested groups. The foundation also provides loans to local and international museums.

DAF is essentially a research institute, creating a reference for Arab art, and as such we will continue to add features, information and materials about our pioneering artists, so please come and visit us often or become a member and have this information pushed to you as it comes available. In the meantime, enjoy our site and the massive collection it now hosts.