Lebanon to join Venice Biennale after 5-year absence

Danielle Arbid and Ayman Baalbaki

 ROME – Lebanon has returned to the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale after a five-year absence, with the artists Danielle Arbid, a Lebanese director and screenwriter living in Paris, and Ayman Baalbaki, a painter and visual artist who lives in Beirut, diplomatic sources said.

 The decision was made by the Lebanese Visual Art Association, who are also the organisers of the Lebanese Pavilion with the patronage of the Beirut Ministry of Culture.

 "This project invites a symbolic journey into our contemporary world through a theme, a city and two artists who maintain a political and aesthetic dialogue at a distance, presenting works so distant yet so close,” said Nada Ghandour, curator of the Lebanese Pavilion, as reported by the non-profit organisation ‘Assadakah.’ The scenography of the Pavilion has been entrusted to Aline Asmar d'Amman, architect and founder of Culture in Architecture.

 After five years of absence from the Venice International Art Exhibition, and for the second time in its history, Lebanon will be placed at the Arsenale to highlight contemporary Lebanese creativity and to show Lebanon internationally through its art and culture.