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 2016

This year, the Boghossian Foundation awards three prizes to creators in the areas of painting, sculpture and choreography. Painters and scuptors have to be under the age of 40. There is no age limit for the choreographers.

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
– Asad Raza, Artistic Director of the Boghossian Foundation
– Joseph Restom, deputy dean of the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA)
– Karen Chekerdjian, designer
– Karma Tohmé, graphic design professor at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and founder of Plan Bey
– Vartan Avakian, professor at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts specialized in visual arts and artist-scenographer


This year, the recipients are Jacques Vartabedian for Painting, Charbel-Joseph Boutros for Sculpture, and Danya Hammoud for Choreography.


Jacques Hagop Vartabedian is a Lebanese-Armenian artist (born 1987) based in Beirut. He received degrees in Fine Arts and Interior Architecture, and has produced two solo exhibitions as well as numerous shows in Lebanon and abroad. He most notably participated in the Milan Biennale (Italy) in 2015 and at the Hong Kong art central in 2016.

Jacques Hagop Vartabedian amazed the jury with his series of portraits of men and children, and his very personal view on the world surrounding him. His visual language language is remarkable – at once coherent and impressive.


Charbel-Joseph Boutros (born 1981) lives between Beirut and Paris. His works have been shown in numerous international exhibitions and have been included in prestigious collections (at the Biennales of Istanbul and Bahia, the Beirut Art Center, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the CCA in Warsaw, the Maraya art center in Sharjah, Grey Noise in Dubai…). He has also worked as a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands, and has obtained Artist Residencies in France at the Cité Internationale des Arts and at the Palais de Tokyo, where one of his works is on permanent display.

Charbel Boutros creates his sculptures as complex, intelligently thought-out worlds where materials are purposefully confronted. His works are at once conceptual and sensitive, and serve as the basis for creating scenographies and prodigally imaginative scenarios.


Danya Hammoud is a choreographer and dancer. A graduate of The National Center of Contemporary Dance in Angers (France), she also received a Masters in Dance at the University of Paris 8 (France). She studied in London (UK) as well under the artistic direction of choreographer Jonathan Burrows. Her work has been shown internationally, notably in France, Lebanon, Portugal, England and Germany. She is also a founding member of the Zoukak Theatre Company and the Cultural Association.

The members of the jury were impressed by her refined work and structured, narrative and personal compositions. Poetry, reflection and fantasy inhabit each of her works.

The jury’s prize is in recognition of her thoroughness and imagination.

Practical information

The practical information regarding the applications are to be sent via WeTransfer at, before October 15, 2016.

The application file shall comprise:

– A scanned copy of the ID card

– A Résumé ( C.V. of two pages maximum )

– For the painting and sculpture candidates (under the age of 40): a portfolio of 30 pictures maximum in the .jpg format, with a size ranging between 1000 and 2000 pixels in length. Pictures files should be saved as bearing the: Fullname_Title_Year

– As for the choreography and dancing candidates (no age limit): Three shows or show extracts maximum, uploaded via a Vimeo link, provided with a password.

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Mary Boghossian-Salamé

Serena Topalian

Tel: 03-977713 / 01-324593