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, 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. Boghossian Foundation can also host students, artists and scholars-in-residence in Villa Empain.

Since 2012, 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 2017

This year, the prizes cover the fields of  painting, photography and fashion design. The age limit for the artists and the creators is 40 years old.

The three laureates each receive $10.000 dollars and the opportunity to stay in Brussels’ ‘Inhabitation’, the artist residence of the Villa Empain that also boasts a studio. The Foundation covers all travel and accommodation costs.

The jury

The Boghossian Foundation Prize is awarded by a jury formed by prominent individuals from the art world.

Its members are :
– Louma Salamé, General Manager of the Boghossian Foundation, president of the jury
– Zeina Arida, Director of the Sursock Museum (Beirut)
– Tony Delcampe, artist, Director of the Fashion Design Department at La Cambre (ENSAV, Brussels) and teacher at ALBA (Beirut)
– Jannine Maarmarani, Curator
– Marc Dibbe, Designer

The laureates

This year, the recipients are Rania Ghosn for painting, Maria Kassab for Photography and Roni Helou for Fashion Design.

Ghosn Rania, ‘After Oil, Das Island’, 2016
Maria Kassab, ‘Implosion’, 2017
Roni Helou

The “Littérature Jeunesse” Prize

Since 2017, the Boghossian Foundation and Assabil reward 5000 $ to the best fiction book directed towards children of 8 to 12 years old, published in Arabic in Lebanon, written and illustrated by Lebanese authors, in the course of the year 2016. A jury of experts has chosen the winner among 100 books.

Assabil association will organize meetings between students of public schools and the winning authors of the three books in its network of public libraries. A number of copies of the books will be acquired by Assabil and distributed to participants. 

The laureates of the 2017 edition are Lena Merhej (illustration) and Nabila Mheidley (writing).

Information on the price of 2018:
T. +9611 664647.



Mary Boghossian-Salamé

P.O.Box : 16/6421

Serena Topalian

Tel : 03-977713 / 01-324593