Collection is a project dedicated to promoting
Lebanese art throughout the Middle East. Within the past
decade, it has grown to encompass a great deal of the famous
contemporary and modern Lebanese works.
Founded by Johnny & Nadine Mokbel in 1998, this precious
collection of hand picked masterpieces has now become a
multinational project dedicated to supporting already
established Lebanese talent, as well as promoting new
Lebanese artists on their rise to fame.
From artists like Paul Guiragossian , Shafik Abboud, and
Jamil Molaeb to Ayman Baalbaki and Benoit Debbane, a diverse
assemblage of different styles and eras come together in
this impressive gallery.
The Mokbel Art Collection views its commitment to Lebanese
art as a social responsibility and is currently working on
more efforts to encourage young talented upcoming Lebanese
artists, whose artwork is part of The Mokbel Art Collection,
by increasing their exposure to the Art World and
introducing their brilliant work to the public. Already
quite a few names have achieved great recognition and
admiration for their work due to The Mokbel Art Collection
project, who ensures exclusively hand picked fine paintings.
One of the defining factors of Lebanese art is its
distinctive national character – Lebanon is often said to
follow a ‘third way’ meaning it is neither European, nor
Asian or American but uniquely Lebanese. In this sense, we
believe that Lebanon, with its vast multi-culture and its
intense history, has affected many of its artists through
social and personal issues that have helped create a form of
art like none other, a depiction of an emotional aspect of
Lebanese life, and therefore a particular style of art.
Whether it is Guiragossian's portrayal of the slums of
Beirut or Ayman Baalbaki's old car tire, the viewer cannot
deny the powerful impressions those paintings leave on us.
Those who are familiar with Lebanon may identify with the
events or situations portrayed in those paintings, while
others will simply admire their art for Art's sake.