Built in 1935, located in the heart of Beirut in Spears Street, in the Sanayeh district, this charming traditional house was the family home of Moustapha Yamouth (alias Zico). Lover of the arts and culture, he started using available spaces in the building for performance rehearsals. Soon, he realized the necessity for artists to have a space where they can create and express themselves and decided to promote and help emerging artists with interesting ideas and projects, especially those who didn’t have the means to produce their own work.
In 1999, Beirut was selected to be the Cultural Capital of the Arab World; this was when Zico House, the civil society organization for culture and development,was officially born. Zico’s home was increasingly associated with the arts and soon, by word of mouth, it became the place where cultural events took place. The whole building became a house for ecological, social, youth and cultural organizations.
Since 1999, around 250 activities have been hosted in Zico House such as: exhibitions, poetry readings, installations, story telling, debates, video screenings, dance performances, theatre plays, concerts, ciné-club, workshops, etc…
The impact of Zico House as a center for artistic creativity and experimentation is not only due to the quality of the works and innovative ventures, but to its unique cultural atmosphere and a constant inflow of people and ideas. The cultural endeavour initiated by Zico was to support both artistic creations and development work by civil society organizations, all conjoined in the same place: experimental artwork, students’ projects, small theater rehearsals, painting exhibitions, site-specific installations, as well as providing a space for social development projects, social associations and civic institutions. Zico House’s aim has always been to become a notable cultural center and to date, no other such multi-faceted center exists in Lebanon.
Gallery Zamaan was founded in March 1990, focusing primarily on reproductions of old postcards from the Middle East.
It wasn’t long before Zamaan decided to take upon itself the launch and promotion of young and/or newly discovered talented Arab artists.
At a pace of 2 exhibitions per month on average, more than 184 Exhibitions have taken place at the gallery since the year 2000.
Zamaan takes pride in its private collection of more than 1,700 paintings, carefully chosen and acquired over the years, all of which are available on this website.
The collection includes a very wide selection of paintings: contemporary and old, Middle Eastern (Lebanese, Syrian, Iraki, Saudi, Jordanian, Egyptian, Palestinian) and European, all sorts of mediums used: Lithography, Oil, Gouache, Watercolour, Pencil, Gravure, Pastel, Acrylic, Aquarelle, etc.
More than 2,800 paintings have been sold at the gallery since the year 2000.
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Established in Ras Beirut since 1996, The Artwork Shop has developed and expanded its art program. Our team of local and international artists and teachers, under the direction of well-known Lebanese artist Omayma Soubra, has designed a varied program of artistic courses.
The Artwork Shop offers an extensive choice of learning opportunities for adults and children interested in developing their talents or even starting an artistic education.
As an open space and friendly environment, students can enjoy working with one another as a group and as individuals, which encourages inspiration and motivation. Each group in each course focuses on their subject of interest.
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, with spaces in Hamburg, Germany and Beirut, Lebanon, concentrates on international contemporary art with an emphasis on conceptual and minimal art. For the past ten years, the gallery has given special focus to artists working in the Arab World, nurturing a unique cross-cultural link between Western and Middle Eastern contemporary art practices.
Since the opening of its Beirut branch in 2005, Sfeir-Semler Gallery has become a major platform for cultural exchange in the Middle East. In addition to mounting the first one-person exhibitions in the region by Walid Raad, Akram Zaatari, Etel Adnan, Yto Barrada, Gabriel Kuri, and others, the gallery has hosted dynamic curatorial projects including Bidoun Magazine’s “NOISE”, Catherine David’s “In the Middle of the Middle”, and HomeWorks, a recurring forum on contemporary art based in Beirut. The gallery also works to bring its program to a global audience, participating in major art fairs around the world and collaborating with European and Middle Eastern art institutions to realize complex and ambitious exhibition projects, including the recent Documenta 13, in which 5 gallery artists were participants.
Gallery Artist: Etel Adnan, Mounira Al Solh, Moritz Altmann, The Atlas Group / Walid Raad, Yto Barrada, Robert Barry, Taysir Batniji, Bert de Beul, Anna Boghiguian, Balthasar Burkhard, Elger Esser, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hans Haacke, Günter Haese, Christian Hahn, Sol LeWitt, MARWAN, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Rabih Mroué, Timo Nasseri, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Anne & Patrick Poirier, Walid Raad, Khalil Rabah, Marwan Rechmaoui, Ulrich Rückriem, Felix Schramm, Hassan Sharif, Wael Shawky, Christine Streuli, Rayyane Tabet, Florian Thomas, Hoda Tawakol, Barbara Camilla Tucholski, and Akram Zaatari
Three years of planning and creative architectural remodeling design work, and the new Saleh Barakat Gallery was born, to commemorate the XXV anniversary of Agial on 25 May 2016, in one of Beirut’s emblematic historical cultural locations: The former Cinema Clemenceau – later Masrah Al-Madina, that is now transformed into a truly modern art gallery by today’s best professional standards.