The AUB Art Galleries are two spaces dedicated to hosting exhibitions, artistic events and projects, on and off-campus, and open to the general public. The American University of Beirut has embarked upon a new initiative to play an active role in promoting fine and contemporary art in the region.
The very first step taken in this new direction coincided with the generous donation of Dr. Samir Saleeby to AUB. The Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Collection includes paintings by artists of different generations, ranging from Khalil Saleeby (1870-1928) and Cesar Gemayal (1898-1958) to Omar Onsi (1901-1969) and Saliba Douaihy (1912-1994). It also features works by Haidar Hamaoui (b. 1937), Chucrallah Fattouh (b. 1956), and Robert Khoury (b. 1923). The Saleeby donation is the cornerstone upon which AUB will establish a comprehensive collection of modern and contemporary art from the region. Their goal is to integrate this art into the process of learning as much as possible, and to make it available for critical reflection and study.
The new initiative commenced with the launching of new art spaces located in and around the AUB campus and the planning of a new museum of art. The exhibition of the works of Khalil Saleeby, which opened in the summer of 2012 at AUB Art Gallery in Sidani Street, was the first of many projects in connection with this initiative. This website will bring exhibitions, publications, projects and events (both current and upcoming, historical and contemporary) to public attention, acting as a portal that brings the public, artistic and academic communities into contact within the country, across the region and internationally.
- Location one: AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery, Ada Dodge Hall, AUB
- Location two: Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Museum, Sidani Street, Hamra
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