In 1981 Emmanuel Guiragossian took on the project of publishing a book about the art of his father, one of the Middle East’s most celebrated artists, Paul Guiragossian. Emmagoss was then founded in 1981 as a publishing house and the Paul Guiragossian book, written by Joseph Tarrab was completed in 1982. Many more art books about renowned artists followed, as well as a series of exhibitions curated by Emmanuel in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. In 1991, right after the civil war ended in Lebanon, the Guiragossians decided to give Emmagoss a permanent home by opening an art gallery in Zalqa, a meeting point of both West and East Beirut.
It was a long-time dream of both Paul and Emmanuel to create a space and an environment that was made by artists for artists, showcasing modern and contemporary art from around the world. This space would also have an open art studio where resident and visiting artists would educate people, not only on how to create art, but more importantly on how to see and appreciate it.
The gallery has since held countless amazing exhibitions of artists from around the world and has collaborated with international Museums and galleries to host exhibitions of great masters such as Picasso, Dali and Miro, as well as multiple emerging Lebanese talents who are established today. After over 15 years of back-to-back art shows and the opening of Emmagoss in Germany, the Guiragossian family decided to focus exclusively on the family artists by representing the works of Paul, Emmanuel, Jean-Paul and Manuella in solo shows and art fairs.
The Paul Guiragossian Foundation was also established in 2011 and has been officially running since the start of 2012. The Foundation concentrates on archiving Guiragossian’s works, authenticating, evaluating and restoring them. A catalogue raisonnée is currently in the works, as well as a follow up to the original Paul Guiragossian book showcasing his final 10 years body of works.