From 24th November 2016 to 27th of February 2017 will take place the 32nd Salon d'Automne at Sursock Museum.
One of the primary activities of the Sursock Museum since its opening in 1961, the Salon d’Automne has consistently brought together emerging and established artists in the longest running open call exhibition in Lebanon. Following in the traditions of the historic Paris Salon, the Salon d’Automne was a place where artists could show new work to a broad public, signaling trends and shifts in the art scene of the time. The most notable Salon d’Automne took place in 1964, where the move towards abstraction in art was clearly noticeable. Since then, the Salon d’Automne has brought together artists, art critics, and the public in a lively debate on the state of art in Lebanon.
The Salon d’Automne now takes place every two years as part of the expanded Museum’s varied exhibitions program, which sees three major exhibitions per year. The open call format is an opportunity for the Museum to encounter a wide variety of practices by artists living and working in Lebanon, and for early career artists to show their work in a major exhibition at the Museum. This year’s Salon d’Automne brings together 52 artists working across all media, from painting and installation to video. Selecting works from over 300 applications was not an easy task for the Jury.
Alba congratulates Abir El Moukaddam and Alia Noueihed Nohra, Balsam Abo Zour and Raya Mazigi, alumni of the School of Visual Arts as well as older alumni of the School of Decorative Arts Chantale Fahmi and Kassim Dabaji, and Antoine Soued from the School of Architecture, on their inclusion in Sursock Museum’s coming 32nd Salon d’Automne (25 November 2016–27 February 2017). School of Visual Arts’ faculty members Gilbert Hage, Jacko Restikian, and Hassan Zahreddine and School of Decorative Arts’ faculty member (Design department) Adlita Stephan and Tamara Barrage are also participating in the Salon d’Automne.
Every year, the Museum awards several prizes. These are the Sursock Museum Prize for the most innovative work, the Emerging Artist Prize – generously gifted by Mrs. Hind Sinno – for the most promising early career artist, and for the first time this year, an Audience Choice Award. The Jury members of this iteration of the Salon were Reem Fadda, Walid Sadek, Rasha Salti, Hind Al Soufi, and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie. The Jury selected works by 52 artists and collectives, chosen from an initial pool of 322 applicants.