Posted On May 7, 2013
Evolution of the art foundation
The Foundation will undertake the challenge to comprehend the span of exchange of all possible cultures from East to West. The intention is to collect, exhibit, preserve and conduct visual research in areas on international art with attention to visual research in the Middle East, concentrating largely on living artists, in the fundamental moments of their contributions to our time. The Aïshti Foundation further proposes public education, endeavoring to put its programs in relation to the most current international research. The collection of the Foundation consists of approximately 1,200 works, of painting, sculpture, drawing, video and works of new media. More than 150 artists are represented, and the collection includes many works, which mark the first 10 years of the 21st century, from 2000 to 2010. As we were envisioning the landmark building that would house the Aïshti Foundation, I approached local and international architects who expressed interest in designing the structure. By coincidence, I met David Adjaye, the celebrated British architect who actually lived and studied in Beirut as a young child. We connected immediately – I liked David’s energy and his enthusiasm for the project. In record time, he presented a terrific design for the planned Aïshti Foundation. This is a preview of his work, to give you an idea of the what the final building will look like once it’s completed, in roughly one-and-a-half years’ time.