In 2013, APEAL is taking Lebanon to the 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, setting up a Lebanese Pavilion at the Arsenale in Venice and selecting curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath. Artist Akram Zaatari was chosen to represent Lebanon
The organization of the Lebanese pavilion at the Biennale, which will be on view from June 1 until November 24, comes after a series of successes for APEAL, the first in Washington in 2010 under the title “Convergence: New Art from Lebanon” at the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center; and another in London in 2011 entitled “subtitled: With Narratives from Lebanon” at the Royal College of Art in London.
Founded in 2008, APEAL (Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon) is a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and encouraging Lebanese artists by projecting their artwork beyond conventional borders and onto a larger screen. APEAL is equally dedicated to the launching of exchange programs between artists from the Lebanese scene and counterparts elsewhere, from universities and art academies. It is also committed to granting scholarships to promising talent, and contributing to the formation of trained curators and art professionals. By creating this window, APEAL is helping nurture the seeds of Lebanon’s artistic potential and preserving its cultural fabric in a vibrant, forward looking post conflict society.