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Beirut Art Center has the pleasure to invite you to the opening of the exhibition in the presence of the artist:

A solo exhibition by Khalil Rabah

Opening reception: Wednesday June 27, from 6 pm to 9 pm

The exhibition will be on view until August 18,2012

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Beirut Art Center is proud to present Review, a solo exhibition by Khalil Rabah.

The works presented in Review are the most recent outcomes of on-going projects that the artist has been working on for the past ten years. The title of the show refers to the processes by which Rabah has reached these most recent manifestations: the act of looking over something again; and the method of surveying with the possibility or intention of instituting a change if necessary. The works presented may vary in medium, from painting to photography and sculpture to installation; however the coherence of the exhibition is underlined by their shared concerns, such as: the boundaries between the imaginary and reality; the use of objects and ideas as palimpsests; collisions between conventional and unconventional media within various institutions; the role of the gallery, museum and biennial; the synthesis of local realities in an international context; and the document as source and a document’s sources.

Review contains three distinct sections; however, the intersection of shared themes allows the works to be interpreted as part of a larger whole. In this issue is a work based on various aspects of The Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind and specifically its Summer 2011 newsletter, which reviews the institutional history of the museum. Another Geography is a work derived from the 3rd Riwaq Biennale, which takes the fractured landscape of Palestine contextualised within the global art world, and presents it from another perspective as a pixelated field of postcards. The section of the exhibition titled Two Exhibitions is a collection of photo-realist paintings documenting a previous solo exhibition by the artist titled Art Exhibition: Readymade Representations: 1954-2010. Like a palimpsest, Art Exhibition is itself a collection of photo-realist paintings documenting nearly sixty years of exhibition making practices in different locations around the world.

Review brings together works that typify Khalil Rabah’s method of historicizing and then re-historicizing, synthesising and then reviewing.

Khalil Rabah was born in 1961 in Jerusalem and studied architecture and fine arts at the University of Texas. A prolific founder of institutions, Rabah co-founded the Al Ma‘mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem in 1998, the Riwaq Biennial in 2005, and The Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind. He is also a member since 2010 of the curriculum committee of Home Workspace Program, a pioneering educational initiative in Lebanon launched by Ashkal Alwan. Rabah has participated in several biennials including the Istanbul (2005), Liverpool (2008), Venice (2009) and Sharjah (2010) biennials; as well as group exhibitions, most recently at the Queens Museum of Art, Brooklyn (2009); Mathaf Mueum of Modern Art, Doha (2011); Arnolfini, Bristol (2011-12); Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) Marseille (2012); and upcoming at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012). His solo exhibitions include The Third Annual Wall Zone Sale, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah (2004); 50.320 Names, Brunei Gallery, London (2007); United States of Palestine Airlines, Home Works, Beirut (2007); and Art Exhibition, Ready Made Representations, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg (2012).

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