Vartan Avakian


Participating in a group show “Esma'/Listen” at the Beirut Art Center. The exhibition runs until 21st August 2016.


Vartan Avakian

First solo exhibition in Lebanon "Collapsing Clouds of Gas and Dust",at Marfa Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon.
22 October - 12 December 2015

Vartan Avakian


Group show “The City in the City” at the Sursock Museum, Twin Galleries, Beirut, Lebanon
8 October 2015 – 11 January 2016


Vartan Avakian



In a group show "Dust", curated by Anna Ptak and co-curator Amanda Abi Khalil at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
4 September - 15 November 2015



Vartan Avakian

Talk: “Imagined Shared Territories”

Vartan Avakian in conversation with Rima Mokaiesh (Arab Image Foundation), 'Freeport' – 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2014, Moditalia, Arsenale, Venice
Friday 12 September 2014, 12.25 am – 11.45 am


Vartan Avakian


“Whistling in the dark” (group show)

Curated by Aischa Berg

Workshop Gallery, W8 Building, Beirut, Lebanon

21 January – 1 March 2014


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Vartan Avakian

International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
“House Arrests: Tales of the Hidden Inside”
Curated by Nat Muller
Special Screening: Thursday, 25 October 2012
Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal
“Project 35 chapter One”
25 October –1 December 2012
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Artists Talk: Megawra, Cairo
How I Started to Stutter: Action (in)jection. Language games, urban disjunction and a very personal reading of Lebanese action films.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
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Esker Foundation, Canada
“Project 35 chapter Four”
7 September 2012 – 5 January 2013
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Vartan Avakian and Hrair Sarkissian

Winner of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013
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Hrair Sarkissian, Raed Yassin (Atfal Ahdath) and Vartan Avakian (Atfal Ahdath)

Arab Express: The Latest Art from the Arab World
Mori Art Museum,  53F Ropponngi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo
16 June - 28 October 2012

All eyes are now on the contemporary artists of the Arab world.

From lifestyles to identity, the rapidly transforming Arab world possesses a diversity of cultures that cannot be overstated. And the traditions, religion, customs and aesthetics that constitute that diversity are vividly reflected in the work of the regions artists.
In the last few years, many exhibitions of contemporary art from the Arab world have been held globally, and within the region itself there are indications that the art industry is maturing, with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art opening in Doha (Qatar) in 2010, and branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim Museum now under construction in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). “Arab Express” introducing the artworks by 34 artists from the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding Arab countries, is the first exhibition of its kind ever to be held in Japan.

This exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates; as well as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

For further information please visit Mori Art Museum