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The place to catch contemporary art in Beirut
Nestled in the fancy heart of Beirut’s Furn el Hayek, below Liza and connected to La Posta, two of the city’s top restaurants, the Metropolitan Art Society (MAS) showcases modern and contemporary art.
The Metropolitan Art Society opened its doors in 2013, following the renovations of the 19th century Abdallah Bustros Palace (now Metropolitan Club) and based on the vision of Aïshti owner and CEO Tony Salamé, an ardent contemporary art collector who is in the process of building a museum in Jal el Dib to house his collection.
Following a stairway, visitors reach an inviting terrace used by La Posta. Straight ahead is the imposing building, the “Metropolitan Art Society” sign in neon tubes, lit at night, sets the tone.
Magnificently blending Lebanese and Florentine architecture, the space, which is dominated by a grand triple-arch has since inception been showcasing international contemporary artists. For Beirut, this is indeed a pioneering effort. Salame’s driving motivation is to introduce contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible.
Some of the international art dealers or gallerists that have collaborated with the space, have been Italian, French and Scottish-based. Among the long list of artists who have been featured area Paolo Icaro, Simone Fattal, Olivier Zahm, Latifa Echahkch and Piotr Uklanski.
Exhibitions run for approximately 3 months, with 3-4 exhibitions per year.
Unfortunately there seems to be no personnel at hand to answer any queries or guide through the exhibition. It may therefore be advisable to attend exhibition openings.
Treat yourself to a meal or at least a glass of something at Liza or La Posta after savouring the art.