The Boghossian Foundation
Established in 1992, the Boghossian Foundation is committed to support many educational, urbanistic, artistic, and cultural projects in different countries. In Belgium, the Boghossian Foundation acquired, in 2006, the famous Villa Empain, gem of Brussels Art Deco architecture, in order to establish its head office and a center for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West.
After the complete restoration of this edifice classified as a Belgian monuments and sites heritage, Villa Empain opened its doors to the public on April 2010, offering a variety of cultural and artistic activities : exhibitions, concerts, conferences and international meetings, etc. the Boghossian Foundation can also host students, artists and scholars-in-residence in Villa Empain.
Since 2012, the Boghossian Foundation Prize has reflected the desire to promote and strengthen ties between the East and the West through art.
Boghossian Foundation Prize in Lebanon in 2019
The ceremony took place on 18 September at the Villa Audi in the presence of Mary Boghossian Salamé, Director of the Boghossian Foundation in Lebanon.
The laureates are Semaan Johnny for Painting, Mokbel Roger for Photography and Joane Baz for Illustration.
The Boghossian Foundation Prize is awarded by a jury formed by prominent individuals from the European and Libanese art world. Led by Louma Salamé, general director of the Boghossian Foundation, the jury of this edition counts three members: Aurélien Zouki (co-artistic director of the Collectif Kahraba and the Hammana Artist House), Zeina Abirached (illustrator and author of comic strips) and Marc Dibeh (teacher at ALBA, designer).
The Prize “Littérature Jeunesse”
The Prize organized in collaboration with Assabil rewards the best fiction books directed towards children of 12 to 14 years old, published in Arabic in Lebanon, written and illustrated by Lebanese authors. The jury formed by Antoine Boulad, Hasmig Chahinian and Samah Idris rewarded Lena Merhej and Mays Dagher.
Assabil association will organize meetings between students from official schools and the laureates of the prize in Beirut’s municipal libraries. The Boghossian Foundation will buy many copies of the private books and it will be distributed to the students present.
The Prize “Cinema : coup de coeur”
The “Cinema : coup de coeur” Prize in parternship with Fondation Liban Cinema supports the distribution of a Lebanese film produced in 2018-19 abroad or in Lebanon.
The Jury formed by Louma Salamé, Hyam Saliby and Thomas Verkaeren rewarded Michel Kamoun for Beirut Hold’em. Director Remi Itani was rewarded as well for Un Long Souffle with an invitation for a residence at the Villa Empain.