Août gallery is a platform born out of a need for more cultural and artistic spaces in Beirut. Août (August in French) is the month of closure for museums, art institutions and galleries around the world. It is also a personal matter for the founder, Zeid El Amine, who began this journey as a homage to his father who passed away due to the August 4 Beirut blast, hence the name of the gallery. Based in Lebanon, the gallery will be endorsing new and contemporary artists worldwide. The aim is to commemorate the city’s lost art scene, and help revive its cultural landscape.
Août Gallery will be based in Gemmayzeh, which was already an important pillar of the Lebanese art scene. Now partly in ruins but in the midst of reconstruction, it seemed that reopening the doors for art and culture in this neighborhood is the right thing to do, with the hope of forging better days ahead.
The gallery will draw on international artists, with the aim of establishing a global reach. It distinguishes itself as a unique space which interplays multiple cultures, carrying similar messages, of hope and rebirth, but also of sorrows and pains which helped forge resilient art.
ABOUT ZEID EL AMINE
Zeid El Amine is an art researcher and archivist. He graduated from the Lebanese American University with degrees in Business and Fine Arts. His passion for creative writing and painting paved his way to a career in Arab and international art. After a few years of working in the modern and contemporary Arab art medium, he is now expanding his scope of interest to include art from Europe, Asia and the Americas.