Mission

As one of the most significant artistic and cultural developments in a generation, the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) is more than a museum.

With a focus on Modern and Contemporary art from Lebanon and the Middle East, it is envisioned as a cultural hub that will encourage local artistic creation, foster dialogue and enable cross-cultural collaboration. The museum is also pledged to showcase all forms of art, including sculpture, photography, video, performance and installation pieces.

In addition to its extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary Lebanese art, drawn from the national archive and put on public display for the first time, BeMA will focus on creating opportunities for the production of new work through artist residencies, commissions and cultural partnerships.

Committed to nurturing Lebanon’s active and creative civil society, BeMA will offer a wide variety of cultural and educational programs designed to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts. As an independent institution, it will engage with every community equally and through academic research and public education, become a place of discourse and creativity.

The museum’s innovative design draws inspiration from Beirut and seeks to reflect the city’s dynamic, multifaceted nature. It is the work of one of Lebanon’s leading architectural studios, HW Architecture. Led by Lebanese-French architect, Hala Wardé, the studio was selected by a jury of independent experts through an international competition.

BeMA is due to launch in 2020.

Vision

BeMA: The Beirut Museum of Art is envisaged as a multi-disciplinary hub for Modern and Contemporary art, culture and design of all kinds. Its purpose is to reposition Beirut as a local, regional and global cultural hub, through the provision of state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge exhibitions and innovative programing.

As a reflection of our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, the museum will cultivate the local arts sector, foster interaction between individuals and communities, position exhibitions and collections within an informed global context and attract a vibrant local, regional and international audience. BeMA is dedicated to fostering dialogue and creativity between the people of Lebanon and the wider region.

GOALS

The goals of the museum are to:

  • Celebrate, preserve and exhibit art by:

    • building an unparalleled collection of Modern and Contemporary art from Lebanon and the region.
    • developing a dynamic cultural hub that promotes cultural knowledge, development and expertise, creates connections and encourages creativity and cultural production across a variety of disciplines.
    • nurturing local artists and generating a community of cultural appreciation.
  • Provide an all inclusive communal space by:

    • Engaging the local community with an open access to the arts
    • Offering active educational programs and spaces for workshops and events
    • Being a welcoming gathering place that brings people together
    • Creating a place of pride and ownership for the people of Lebanon
  • Promote cultural relations by:

    • forging relationships with people of ideas and by facilitating cross-cultural collaboration.
    • engaging the Lebanese Diaspora through partnerships and targeted programs.
    • collaborating with schools, cultural institutions, NGOs and community groups across Lebanon.
    • fostering dialogue and creating a platform for diverse voices.