Beyt by 2b Design, a social enterprise based in Cambridge, MA, places 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.
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.
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
Just 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
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.
Entitled “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