Foreword to the Arabic edition

2019

For an exhibition at the V-A-C Foundation in Venice in 2019, I proposed to build museum wall prototypes modeled after walls from the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. On my walls, I also placed fly-fishing flies. I accompanied my walls with the following text:

 

These walls are on their way to Lebanon. They are an anonymous gift to the soon to-be-built Beirut Museum of Art. The following instructions accompany the gift: Please stand these walls in the museum months before the building’s opening. This may ensure their attracting the artworks befitting us.