Beyt by 2b Design in Cambridge, MA Doubles as Social Enterprise/Design Firm with Mission to Save and Repurpose Architectural Heritage 

Beyt by 2b Design, a social enterprise based in Cambridge, MA, 550607_382265838485664_700694584_nplaces importance on the preservation of cultural and architectural preservation. Known casually as Beyt, it is owned by an international design/business-savvy couple who pick through salvage yards in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt to salvage parts of destroyed traditional homes, which they then upcycle into stunning and unique home design pieces.

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Mahmoud Mokhtar, Contemporary Egyptian Sculpture and Revolutionary Spirit 

In light of recent events in Egypt, it is perhaps of interest to shine light on an important member of Egypt’s modern artistic history. Mahmoud Mokhtar was a sculptor extraordinaire who was born in 1891 in the Nile Delta.

"Au Bord du Nil" (On the Banks of the Nile)

“Au Bord du Nil” (On the Banks of the Nile)

It was at a young age that he began making statues out of the clay that was easily available to him in this particular region. He and his mother eventually immigrated to Cairo, and he began to attend the Cairo School of Fine arts in 1908, the year the institution opened. Continue reading

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) Opens in Marseille, France 

mucem-marseille-musee-ricciottiJust last week on June 7th, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) opened in Marseille, France, after much anticipation from the international art community. Continue reading

Keith Haring’s “The Political Line” Exhibition on Display at Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, France Until August 18th, 2013 

The work of the renowned social activist and graffiti artist Keith Haring is on display in a an exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, France until August 18th, 2013.

tumblr_m3cilkPmKZ1qzy6hio1_1280Entitled “Keith Haring: The Political Line”, the collection features over 250 sculptures and drawings which serve to highlight Mr. Haring’s bold political perspectives at the height of his career in the late 1980s. Continue reading