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  • Every Monday to Friday from 11:00 am until 07:00 pm, Nov 07 2014 to Nov 28 2014
  • Aïda Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut
  • Exhibitions, Arts & Culture

Born and schooled in Germany, Martin Giesen studied art history at Heidelberg University.

After working for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and completing a PhD, Giesen entered into a career of university teaching. He has taught in Lebanon (AUB 1973-85), Saudi Arabia, Canada, and most recently in the UAE where he was founding dean of the School of Architecture & Design at the American University of Sharjah.

For some twenty years Martin Giesen has made the Middle East his home. His art captures the impact of development on human environment. In descriptive watercolors, Giesen pictorially narrates locations of change: reconstruction in downtown Beirut, busy ports of the Gulf, the clash of tradition and modernity in Dubai, and decaying heritage in Cyprus.

David Tannous of Art in America has called Giesen a “contemporary Orientalist.”

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