Saradar Collection Perspective #1
The Perspective #1 website features an interactive map of Beirut coupled with a dynamic timeline, charting out Beirut’s art scene from 1955 to 1975.
Witness to a Golden Age is an online database and mapping project that provides access to more than 1,000 archival documents related to hundreds of art exhibitions at more than 50 art spaces that were operational in Beirut from 1955 to 1975. It features an interactive map of Beirut coupled with a searchable timeline where visitors can examine and download archival materials ranging from exhibition catalogues, posters and invitation cards, to photographs and film footage of openings and art events, along with personal correspondence, artist/gallery contracts, newspaper reviews and articles. It is an ongoing research initiative that will continue to expand in scope and content. Further materials and papers will be made available on the respective website.
Witness to a Golden Age is the inaugural edition of Perspective, the Beirut-based Saradar Collection’s annual research program, where a curator is invited to critically engage with a theme derived from the collection.