When Beirut’s first contemporary art museum opened last autumn, the occasion marked a monumental feat for the city’s cultural district, not to mention the rest of the world.
Renowned members of the fashion and international art world flocked to Lebanon’s capital to celebrate the opening of the Aishti Foundation that now houses Lebanese fashion tycoon Tony Salamé’s art collection. The building itself is striking, featuring futuristic and geometric patterns, plus it’s home to an à la mode department store.
Situated in the seaside area of Jal el Dib, the 40,000-square-feet complex is a unique art-meets-fashion experience. Along with the museum, the building houses plenty of retail space where shoppers can peruse the latest looks from upscale brands such as Céline, Gucci, and Bottega Veneta.
For Salamé, his ambitious undertaking was clearly a vision for bridging the gap between Beirut and the international art community, along with making art accessible to the general public. Complete with coffee shops and diverse restaurants, the foundation hopes to engage new audiences while growing Beirut’s cultural impact on a global scale.
Beirut has carved its own spot in the world’s art scene, and it’s safe to say visitors to the city shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to see this symbolic art haven for themselves.
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