About the Galleries

The American University of Beirut has embarked upon a new initiative to play an active role in promoting fine and contemporary art in the region. The very first step taken in this new direction coincided with the generous donation of Dr. Samir Saleeby to AUB. The Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Collection includes paintings by artists of different generations, ranging from Khalil Saleeby (1870-1928) and Cesar Gemayal (1898-1958) to Omar Onsi (1901-1969) and Saliba Douaihy (1912-1994). It also features works by Haidar Hamaoui (b. 1937), Chucrallah Fattouh (b. 1956), and Robert Khoury (b. 1923). The Saleeby donation is the cornerstone upon which AUB will establish a comprehensive collection of modern and contemporary art from the region. Our goal is to integrate this art into the process of learning as much as possible, and to make it available for critical reflection and study.

The new initiative commenced with the launching of two art spaces located in and around AUB campus: the AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery and the Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Museum (Sidani Street, Hamra).

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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS include “SIGMAR POLKE: Music from an Unknown Source”


Past exhibitions included “This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time” a collaboration between AUB Art Galleries, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.


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