Mathaf Mathaf plays on the geographical location of the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) that will come to face the National Museum in the Mathaf area of Beirut (mathaf literally meaning museum in Arabic), as well as the close exchange between the national archeological museum and the museum of modern and contemporary art to come.
In the framework of Mathaf Mathaf, commissions to contemporary artists will result in artworks that reflect on museum culture, the relation to the ‘mathaf’ area, and the relationship between an existing archeological collection in conversation with another collection of modern and contemporary art. The resulting artworks produced will become part of BeMA’s permanent contemporary art collection.
Mathaf Mathaf / Chou Hayda? is Mathaf Mathaf's first commissioned work. It launched on May 18, 2018 and will show until December 31, 2018 at the National Museum.