Iwan Maktabi Beirut presented an installation by artist Rami Dally on Friday entitled, “The Roots of Discovery”. Following the success of last year’s installation, and as part of their dedication to encourage emerging artists in Lebanon, Iwan Maktabi invited Dally to create yet another dazzling work of art this year.
“This installation has to do with the process of travelling in search of beautiful things and reaching the roots of what defines beauty” -Mohammad Maktabi
Working with the theme of discovery, Dally created two metal structures resembling gigantic lampshades using a translucent material in some parts to reveal the roots of a tree. The sharp angles of the installation offered a beautiful contrast to the delicate rugs surrounding it and created an interesting space for conversation.
“When I first saw one of Dally’s installations I knew that I wanted to work with him because I liked his aesthetic and also because I want to encourage and support young emerging artists.” -Mohammad Maktabi
In conjunction with the reveal of the installation, Iwan Maktabi also presented a series of beautifully curated Iranian paintings in their antique rug space on the top floor. Mohammad Maktabi who is an avid art collector purchased many of the paintings himslef, some directly from the artists’s studios, during their many travels to Iran.
The art collection includes impressive works by female Persian calligraphy artist Ezra Aghighi and Ali Ajali and is permanently on view. I do highly recommend that you pass by their space and check out their collection when you are in Beirut!
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