AÏSHTI IN THE NEWS
Aïshti founder and CEO Tony Salamé talks about the soon-to-open Aïshti Foundation in today’s ARTNews. ARTNews looks at Salamé’s growing influence on the art world in anticipation of the Aïshti Foundation, a combined retail-gallery-lifestyle space that is set to become the first large museum for modern art in Lebanon.
From the article:
“Salamé sees Aïshti as a place where Lebanese art can be in dialogue with international contemporary art, and as a new concept for the city, a total experience encompassing art, retail, lifestyle, well-being, and food. In his view, it is a continuation of his contributions to transforming the war-torn city—when he was starting his company and opening stores in downtown Beirut, he restored two streets there. (These days he is planning some of the city’s more adventurous architecture; Zaha Hadid is designing his Beirut Souks department store.) He hopes the shops and other amenities will bring new audiences to the art—admission is free. And there will be educational programming. “Sometimes you like art but you are intimidated,” he said. “We are democratizing it, so there is no barrier. It’s a way to give back to the community.”