M Square Gallery: traditional and contemporary in the heart of Beirut

M.Square Gallery in Beirut. (Supplied)
Updated 03 January 2019

M Square Gallery: traditional and contemporary in the heart of Beirut

  • M.Square Gallery brings together antiquities with modern and contemporary art
  • A reflection of a mother and daughter team

BEIRUT: In the heart of Beirut, the beautifully lit M Square Gallery displays modern and contemporary antiquities created by international artists. 

It is a reflection of the mother-and-daughter team behind it. Maya Raad has more than 16 years’ experience with her Maison & Objet boutiques, while her mother, Maha Ammache, has over 30 years of experience in antiquities and art.

While the gallery organizes events and exhibitions in collaboration with art centers and international artists, it also serves as a conceptual store, split into different sections offering home décor and small accessories, as well as larger modern sculpture and antique pieces. 

You will find a variety of items of all prices to buy or simply marvel at, including works by the following artists.

Joseph

Joseph is a French artist who works and lives in the south of France. His pieces are influenced by pop culture and are meant to be provocative. 

JonOne

Born in New York, JonOne grew up in the graffiti-rich neighborhood of Harlem in New York and was consequently introduced to street art at a very young age. 

In 1984, JonOne founded graffiti group 156 All Starz, which consisted of a group of people who used graffiti as an escape from their daily struggles. He then moved to Paris, where he strengthened his technique. Now seen as an old-school graffiti artist with a twist, JonOne loves scribbles and started using canvases with an explosion of colors.

Fereydoon Omidi 

Born in 1967 in Iran, Omidi is known for his work with letters and the way he blurs them into endless variations. He uses harmonic movement in his brush work and a series of letters to emphasize a shift in perception, mood or vision. While the letters look like they are interlinked and thus resemble verses, they are actually separated and make for good optical illusions on canvases.

 


Bob Dylan drops first original music in nearly a decade

Updated 27 March 2020

Bob Dylan drops first original music in nearly a decade

  • The song is packed with artist name-drops and pop culture references, including to The Beatles, Charlie Parker, the Eagles, Stevie Nicks and the Woodstock festival
  • It’s the folk singer’s first original song since his 2012 album “Tempest,” though he has released a number of cover albums in the interim

NEW YORK: Bob Dylan surprised fans overnight into Friday by releasing his first original music in eight years, a 17-minute ballad about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Backed by delicate piano, strings and muted drums, “Murder Most Foul” retells the shooting of the US president while describing the evolution of 1960s counterculture.
“This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. Stay safe, stay observant, and may God be with you,” Dylan posted on his website, along with a portrait of Kennedy, who was slain in 1963 while riding in a motorcade through Dallas.
The song is packed with artist name-drops and pop culture references, including to The Beatles, Charlie Parker, the Eagles, Stevie Nicks and the Woodstock festival.
“Shot down like a dog in broad daylight / Was a matter of timing and the timing was right / You got unpaid debts; we’ve come to collect / We’re gonna kill you with hatred; without any respect,” Dylan recounts in his signature sandpaper vocals.
It’s the folk singer’s first original song since his 2012 album “Tempest,” though he has released a number of cover albums in the interim.
“Murder Most Foul” is also the first song Dylan has penned and released since he reluctantly accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first songwriter awarded the honor.
At 78, Dylan has maintained a relentless touring schedule, though he was forced to cancel a string of April dates in Japan over the coronavirus pandemic.
The artist is still set to kick off a North American tour in June.