The Boghossian Foundation has chosen a universal language, that of artistic expression, to promote dialogue between cultures.

Conceived by internationally renowned curators, the exhibitions presented at the Villa Empain since its opening in 2010 reveal the work of artists from all horizons.

« Art has for result, even if it isn’t it’s apparent object,
the betterment of mankind. » Victor Hugo

How will it end?

2 December 2021 › 6 February 2022

The exhibition, designed in co-production with the Pompidou Centre, offers an unprecedented dialogue between its exceptional collections and pieces by Lebanese artists of all generations. Produced in recent years or following the tragic explosions of 4th August 2020, their works are tracing out possible paths to the future, between despair and gentleness, exiles and new anchorages.

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Trees for memories

4 June › 7 November 2021

The exhibition presents works by 31 internationally renowned artists that takes a very special stand for peace, one century after the end of the First World War.

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6 May › 14 November 2021

From early icons from Europe and the Middle East to modern and contemporary works, icons have inspired many believers, as well as artists, throughout the ages. The exhibition unveils how spiritual dimensions have been incorporated into artworks since antiquity.

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The Light House

22 October 2020 › 18 April 2021

The curator Louma Salamé explored different manifestations of light, through numerous installations and contemporary sculptures by addressing five themes : celestial light, murky light, the experience of colour, in praise of shadow, neon lights and light bulbs.

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A 5,000 year journey 17 September 2020 › 18 April 2021

The Boghossian Foundation hosts an immersive and exclusively digital exhibition dedicated to Aleppo. Conceived by Iconem, the exhibition reveals several major buildings of the millennial city, the martyred remains of Syrian architecture.

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Mappa Mundi

Contemporary cartographies 5 March › 4 October 2020

The exhibition 'Mappa mundi, Contemporary cartographies' explores the different ways artists represent the world: cartography, frontiers and travel, social and ecological shocks. Visitors discover a selection of works by contemporary artists, revealing how they see the world through various media: drawing, photography, video, installation and others.

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Abandoned dwellings of Beirut

14 November 2019 › 5 January 2020

For 150 years, Beirut has experienced successive periods of unbridled growth, war, economic and social crisis and migratory flows. Art historian and visual artist Gregory Buchakjian revealed these abandoned dwellings and the lives of the former inhabitants with hundreds of official documents, photographs, and other personal effects.

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Writing in art 24 October 2019 › 9 February 2020

Image and text are very close, complementary, and even interchangeable. Throughout time, numerous artists have experimented with the fine line which separates the two. Ekphrasis – Writing in Art presented works and texts by more than forty visual artists who experimented with writing as a means of replacing or describing an image.

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Decoratieve platen

Jolien De Roo 19 September › 6 October 2019

Jolien De Roo is the first laureate and prize winner of ArtContest 2018, supported by Boghossian Foundation. She shows recent works at her solo exhibition in the Project Space of the Villa Empain.

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Art de vivre in the thirties 28 March › 6 October 2019

Conceived by Louma Salamé as an immersive exhibition, Flambloyant invited visitors into the home of a fictional collector from the 1920s and 1930s.

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The City of the Sun 28 March › 18 August 2019

The Boghossian Foundation highlighted Heliopolis, the birthplace of a new city built entirely from scratch by the Belgian industrialist Edouard Empain at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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Of links and exiles

15 November 2018 › 3 February 2019

Of links and exiles was a residency and exhibition project which invited seven artists from Morocco to reflect and experiment on the meaning of making or breaking bonds in our contemporary societies.

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