THE contemporary museum in Beirut has been named the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) by the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts (APEAL), a non-profit organisation that supports the work of artists both from the Lebanon and internationally. The institution is to be built on a site owned by the Université Saint-Joseph within an historic area of the city known as the Museum Mile and will exhibit work from Lebanese, Middle Eastern and international artists.
In April, 13 architectural firms were short-listed for the new design by an independent jury of internationally acclaimed experts chaired by Peter Palumbo who commended the submissions as “strong and varied”. The winning design, to be announced this autumn, should reflect the Museum’s values for “openness, inclusion, and accessibility”, providing an appropriate platform for the engagement of diverse cultures and traditions.
The BeMA has already collaborated with TAP, Temporary. Art. Platform to co-ordinate RMAR, an artist in residence programme and is currently presenting Works on Paper, a programme comprising 12 artist interventions designed to assist Lebanese artists in reaching a global network.
by Miranda Charalambous