"Museum as Hub: Beirut Art Center: Due to unforeseen events…” is a multipart project that includes an exhibition, Beirut Art Center’s Mediatheque, and a series of public performances and screenings. Examining issues that are relevant to contemporary art practice and the recent history and politics of Lebanon, the project addresses the relation between art and public space, the critical reception of artwork, and questions of censorship.
In the Museum as Hub, Beirut Art Center presents an exhibition that examines specific cases in which the production or presentation of artworks in Lebanon were altered from their original idea, raising unexpected questions and unfolding new meaning in the process. The exhibition includes descriptions of each case in addition to new commissions, in which artists are invited to respond to the alteration of their work, using archival documentation as well as new texts, images, and objects. “Due to unforeseen events…” features works by Ziad Abillama, Tony Chakar, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rabih Mroué, and Kirsten Scheid.
In the resource center, Beirut Art Center presents their Mediatheque, a digital archive that offers public access to works—including video, image, sound, and text—by an expanding number of artists working in Arab countries as well as Iran, Turkey, and Armenia. The Mediatheque also includes a selection of events presented at Beirut Art Center.