GALLERY 3010, 2015, Installation View




We are proud to have celebrated  the 30 year anniversary of Sfeir-Semler, and 10 years Sfeir-Semler Beirut, with wonderful people from across the world. 

The opening reception of GALLERY 3010 was followed by a performance by Tarek Atoui and Charbel Haber

Friday April 3rd:

A symposium exploring Contemporary Arab Art: 1995-2015 took place on Friday 3rd of April, with key speakers fron the art world. 

April 4-8:

In collaboration with Metropolis Cinema Beirut, a survey of Arabic films were screened between April 4-8. 





The Show:

Gallery 3010

Etel Adnan . Haig Aivazian . Mounira Al Solh . Richard Artschwager . Yto Barrada . Robert Barry . Anna Boghiguian . Marcel Broodthaers . Sophie Calle . Elger Esser . Ian Hamilton Finlay . Hans Haacke . Iman Issa . Hiroyuki Masuyama . Rabih Mroué . Timo Nasseri . Anne & Patrick Poirier . Walid Raad . Khalil Rabah . Marwan Rechmaoui . Wael Shawky  Christine Streuli . Rayyane Tabet . Akram Zaatari


The show explores the concept of the gallery as such. It addresses the white cube, the means and mechanisms of exhibition making and display, as well as the managing and dealing of the artwork. It looks back at art history and questions the process of thematizing and conceptualizing contemporary art.


We have invited to this exhibition key artists who have worked in the 20th century on this concept of gallery making, as well as the gallery artists, whose practice relate to these topics, have made new works especially for our anniversary.


Marcel Broodthaers’s oeuvre is major in exploring the market value of artworks and examining collecting practices. Hans Haacke’s Manet-PROJEKT ’74 addresses the chain of ownership and dealing of artwork between the galleries, collectors, and institutions. Sophie Calle’s work in the show focuses on stolen paintings and art trafficking. Robert Barry invites the visitor to a closed gallery. Anne & Patrick Poirier have created ideal monuments and cities based on archaeological excavations. Ian Hamilton Finlay quotes classical art as the most refined form of artistic expression. While, Richard Artschwager transforms the wooden art crate into a sculpture. Similarly in Haig Aivazian’s work, the raw material and the plinths become the sculpture. Iman Issa creates models for public monuments. Marwan Rechmaoui’s concrete mural cuts a slice through the urban city of Beirut.


Walid Raad has been researching in the recent years the Islamic department of the Louvre, and questions the understanding and reading of artworks in different socio-geographical contexts. Mounira Al Solh has created a sound piece questioning the legitimacy of an artist painting today. While Khalil Rabah has produced paintings in China to constitute a storage of major Palestinian art events since 1948. Wael Shawky’s ceramic marionettes tell the story of the Crusades from an Arab point of view. Elger Esser has revived the world of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time in the traditional technique of photo engraving, and Hiroyuki Masuyama mounts hundreds of photographs to recreate paintings by William Turner.


Christine Streuli uses elaborate patterns from her extensive textile collection to make 30 cushions marking each year of the gallery. Rayyane Tabet creates a still life with the materials of traditional anniversary tokens, and Anna Boghiguian draws and paints playful illustrations of the actors behind this anniversary. Yto Barrada’s whimsical ice cream cart and cinema settings awaken the child in each viewer. Timo Nasseri maps the astronomical constellation of the Beirut gallery’s inauguration day. While Rabih Mroué, Akram Zaatari, and Etel Adnan have chosen to reflect on commemorating 40 years since the start of the Lebanese Civil War.












Yto Barrada, Cinema modele, Alcazar, Rif & Rozy, 2013, wood, paint, paper, iron mount, 71.7 x 66.4 x 36.7 cm each






Anna Boghiguian, Untitled, 2015, mixed media on paper, 11 works, 45 x 30 cm each






Christine Streuli, 30 cushions, 2015, textile filled with capok, 30 pieces, 80 x 80 x 20 cm






Rayyane Tabet, Still Life with paper, cotton, leather, linen, wood, sugar, wool, copper, clay, tin, steel, silk, parsley, lace, ivory, crystal, porcelain, silver and pearl, 2015, variable dimensions






Walid Raad, I Thought I'd Escaped My Fate, I-IX, 2015, Inkjet print on paper, framed, 85 x 112 cm each





Timo Nasseri, It's Always night or we wouldn't need light [Galileo], 2015, wood, stainless steel, 120 x 130 x 8 cm





Robert Barry, 1:4:1, Ceiling to floor [white cord] installation, 1968, Ink on graph paper, framed photo, white cord, 27.2 x 33.4 cm, 25.2 x 20.2 cm





Marcel Broodthaers, Untitled, 1972, stamped letters on paper, 9 works, 81 x 100 cm each





Richard Artschwager, Untitled [crate with cylinder], 1995, wood, metal, screws, formica, 128.5 x 83.7 x 73.5 cm






Glasshouse [Overhead], Glasshouse [Eliza], Glasshouse [Jean-Marc], 2014, oak, oak veneer, marble, 112 x 50 x 55 cm






Robert Barry, Bulletin 17, Invitation Eugenia Butler and Galleria Sperone Turin, 1969, Offsetdruck on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm, 14 x 14 cm, 13 x 18 cm






Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 54 x 45 cm



Etel Adnan, Glory and Defeat, 1972-75,2014, Fine liner, water color on paper, Cover: 18.2 x 12.1cm, 24 pages à 17.8 x 11.7 cm, max. extension 280 cm





Marwan Rechmaoui, Untitled, 2015, concrete, plastic, paint, 240 x 300 x 0.5 cm






Akram Zaatari, 1975, 2015, HD video, Sound, 8 min







Khalil Rabah, Art Exhibition, 2011







Hans Haacke, Manet Projekte 74, 1971, 11 inkjet prints on archival paper, 10 prints 87 x 60 cm each, 1 print, 103 x 95 cm






Marcel Broodthaers, Museum-Museum, 1972, Musee d'art moderne departement des aigles section litteraire fig.1 et 2, 1971






Mounira Al Solh, If you want to have clean ideas, change them as often as you change your shirts, 2015, sound piece with bowties, variable dimensions






Rabih Mroue, The Crocodile Who Ate The Sun, 2015, Diasec photos in iron frame, wall text, leaflets, 12 photos, 28 x 19 cm






Wael Shawky, Cabaret Crusades: The Path To Cairo, 2012, Marionettes 380 x 196.1 x 53.9 cm





Elger Esser, Combray-France, 2011-2013, photo engraving on paper, framed, 117 x 133 x 6 cm






Iman Issa, Material, 2010-2012, Variable material






Walid Raad, Preface to the fifth edition (1923), 2014, inkjet print, archival inks and paper, 40.5 x 31 cm each






Anne & Patrick Poirier






Anne & Patrick Poirier, Aphrodisias, 1989, Japan paper, wood, plexiglas, 220 x 50 x 29 cm





Ian Hamilton Finlay, Neoclassical Thaumaturgy, 2004, stone engraved, 80 x 50 x 10 cm





Sophie Calle, Untitled, 1998-2013, colour photograph, text, 3 frames, 48 x 58 cm, 30 x 25 cm, 15 x 20 cm





Hiroyuki Masuyama, Turner (Heidelberg, 1846), 2014, composite photos mounted in an LED Lightbox, 91.4 x 121.9 x 4 cm