Visiting (In)visible Museums


Series of encounters
April 28th – 29th – 30th 2022 Sursock Museum, Beirut

Curated by Mathilde Ayoub

Invitation by Marie-Nour Hechaimé

The cycle VISITING (IN)VISIBLE MUSEUMS organized at the Nicolas Sursock Museum takes as its starting point the ques- tion of the visible and the invisible in museums or in modern and contemporary collections of the region. It brings together philosophers, artists, researchers, archivists, art historians and poets in a series of events inviting the public to a museum forced to close following the explosion of August 4, 2020.

The cycle will aim at questioning both, the relation between
the institution and its collection -–what is on display and what remain in its reserves– as well as museums within context of protracted crisis forcing them into invisibilities. Thus, this series will be an opportunity to also discuss the cases of the museums of Baghdad, Damascus, Algiers or Teheran…

We will be looking at the Sursock Museum’s collection, and the history of its constitution in the face of these problematics, as well as giving an overview of the future display in preparation for the reopening. The public will be invited to the Museum’s behind-the-scene and to learn about the conservation and restoration of artworks.

Visiting (In)visible Museums will consist of a series of talks, roundtables, and presentations, as well as a children workshop and will be an opportunity to discuss the various museum’s stakes from different perspectives.

Join us on Friday, 29 April at 3pm for the following session:

The Construction of Art Canons In and Around the Sursock Museum

The second session of the cycle Visiting (In)visible Museumsfocuses on the important role occupied by the Sursock Museum within the modern art scene in Lebanon and the dynamics at play at the time in the construction and determination of art canons. The presentations will shed light on the oppositions and debates surrounding the Salon d’Automne –an annual juried exhibition taking place at the SursockMuseum since 1961– and will tentatively reveal the repetitions, gaps, and fissions when it comes to the Museum’s collection.
Nadia von Maltzahn is Research Associate at the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB), where she leads the research project LAWHA“Lebanon’s Art World at Home and Abroad: Trajectories of artists and artworks in/from Lebanon since 1943”, funded by the European Research Council.
Natasha Gasparian is an art historian and curator who has been commissioned by the Sursock Museum to curate the next Permanent Collection Display.

View the full programme here:

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