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  • Wednesday from 07:00 pm until 10:00 pm, Sep 17 2014
  • Every Monday to Friday from 10:00 am until 09:00 pm, Sep 18 2014 to Sep 28 2014
  • Every Saturday to Sunday from 12:00 pm until 07:00 pm, Sep 18 2014 to Sep 28 2014
  • Common Room-West Hall
  • Exhibitions, Arts & Culture

The Italian Cultural Institute in Lebanon in coordination with the American University of Beirut,

cordially invites you to an

artistic exhibition

A Manifesto of the Space-Realist Metaphysical Portrait

By Dr. Ali T. Haidar


Duration of exhibition: September 17 – September 28

Opening: Wednesday, September 17, 7:00pm – 10:00pm


Weekdays: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Weekends: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Common Room-West Hall
All are welcome



Artist’s Name and Birth Date: Ali Haidar, 7-7-1963.
Profession: Assistant Prof., Department of Geology, American University of Beirut.
Example of previous artistic exhibitions: Fine Art Exhibition in occasion of “Beirut Capital of Culture of the Arab World,” STARCO, Beirut, Lebanon, 1999. “Fine Art Exhibition from Baalbek,” the Glassy Room, Ministry of Tourism, Hamra street, Beirut, Lebanon, 2014.
The scientific theory draws the limits of knowledge, while the artistic theory represents an invitation to cross its border. Science recognizes metaphysics and admits its possibility, mainly in terms of the structure of space and time. I may consider Giorgio de Chirico as a pseudo-anti-realist, dealing with a segmented spatial structure. However, I attribute a reality to the metaphysical spatial structure, and metaphysically tackle the co-existence of the being with itself.
Being a space-realist still leads to a new dilemma. Some space-realists consider the relationship between objects simply as a function of their shapes. Thus, this relationship is a product of the spatial parts in which these objects are found. Others consider that the presence of the objects defines the abstract structure of the space according to the nature of these objects. I embrace the latter view, as the structure of space depends on the degree of interaction between the objects found within. The interaction modifies the distance relations within the space.
I paint a relative, multidimensional, space-time using the humanitarian principle, hence the interest in the portraiture. This is a two-fold challenge: understanding the structure of the space we are affecting by our presence in it, and surviving inside this spatial structure that we built. This definitely goes far beyond the simplicity of cubism. Some of my portraits went even further by challenging the framework of the space boundary. This develops a new view of the being’s personal universe, especially after the inconsistencies revealed by the Gödel's incompleteness theorems. Self-portraits deal with my personal understanding of the external world. The point of view of the observer applies to a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines, from physics to biology, ethology, etc.

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