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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


29 September 2022 › 22 January 2023

The exhibition 'Flags' explores the constant place of flags in art from the great historical painting to contemporary installations through a transnational journey of exchange and confrontation.

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Chun Kwang Young: Times Reimagined

Biennale di Venezia 23 April › 27 November 2022

Supported by the Boghossian Foundation, the exhibition 'Chun Kwang Young: Times Reimagined' presents the aesthetics of the Korean artist at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac during the 59th Biennale of Venice.

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Nagorno-Karabakh: behind the scenes of the last few hours

By the photographer Olivier Papegnies 19 April › 29 April 2022

The Boghossian Foundation presents, in the Studio of the Artists Residence, an exhibition of striking photographies taken by Olivier Papegnies during the violent conflict that took place in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the autumn of 2020.

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Michel Polak

Technology and craftsmanship, an architecture of wonder 7 April › 21 August 2022

Architect and aesthete Michel Polak created many buildings that are now seen as emblematic of the City of Brussels, among them the Residence Palace, the Hotel Plaza and the Villa Empain. The exhibition offers a new reading of his work in the light of the historical, technological and stylistic upheavals of the time.

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Portrait of a Lady

24 March › 4 September 2022

The exhibition illustrates the representation of women from prehistoric times to today. The exhibition brings together a selection of ancient and contemporary artworks from Eastern and Western cultures.

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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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