MACAM - Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Byblos

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MACAM – Modern And Contemporary Art Museum is the first contemporary art museum in Lebanon dedicated to preserving and promoting art in the country.

A large factory compound on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the picturesque Adonis Valley in Alita/Byblos, has been transformed by an independent nonprofit organization into a dynamic museum.

The permanent exhibition, PANORAMA OF SCULPTURE IN LEBANON, displays 450 sculptures by eighty five renowned artists. The exhibition presents a century of sculpting in Lebanon starting from 1920 with Joseph Hoyeik, the Basbous brothers, Hussein Madi till contemporary installation art by Nada Sehnaoui, Mario Saba, Ghassan Ghazal. MACAM is a creative hub, it held in three years five art contests and three superb retrospective exhibitions.

The vast nature around the museum invites for various outdoor activities rebooting all the senses.

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The library holds the largest collection of books in Lebanon on past and present Lebanese art. Available for public use, they cover painting, sculpture, architecture, design, photography, and more.

RectoVerso also hosts a publishing house, Fine Arts Publishing, specialized in books on art and artists in Lebanon, and under the motto: “We Build Museums on Shelves,” has twenty-two titles.
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  • On the hill, you reach it after a long series of bends and hairpin bends. Old recycled factory. Vast collection of modern art, ordered according to the materials used, and contemporary, in which it is ideas that make the difference. Stunning space for children and teenagers, with poor material with which to make sculptures, or devote themselves to painting. Exhibiting artists must be born in Lebanon or foreigners who have chosen to live in Lebanon. Very important art library. Don't miss it
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  • Between Beirut and Jbail/Byblos, Nahr Ibrahim is 7 km up into the mountains, through impressive nature, to Alita. There, the visitor receives the MACAM Museum with sculptures and large objects outdoors before heading to the beautiful old and large former factory halls. Very impressive is the exhibition, which shows many objects of contemporary and modern art of Lebanon, sculptures, installations, objects, created from various materials, which give visitors the social, political and cultural situation of Lebanon Closer. Space is also created for children, for their artistic expression. For me, the MACAM Museum was one of the most impressive experiences of my Lebanon trip.
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  • Great place for everyone to enjoy, whether for the modern art exhibitions and installations or for the beautiful green outdoor space. Just beat in mind that it's an old factory building so in winter it's cold inside!
  • Modern art is expected to be simple and crazy but many pieces inside were more like children hand crafts. The are also great sculptures and decent art inside.
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