At the end of 2015, the Aïshti Foundation opened its doors in Beirut, with an outstanding exhibition that regrouped 170 works of contemporary art within architect David Adjaye’s building - already a shopping mall and soon to house a spa.
Now Tony Salamé’s back with an exhibition entitled Good Dreams, Bad Dreams assembling 56 artists and more than 160 works from his collection for an event orchestrated by Massimiliano Gioni – curator of the inaugural show New Skin, artistic director at the New Museum in New York and curator of the Venice Biennale of 2013.
Good Dreams, Bad Dreams – American Mythologies, a title borrowed from an installation by Allen Ruppersberg, offers an analysis of the complex relationship between popular American culture and the myth of the American dream, establishing a dialogue between the pioneers of conceptual art like John Baldessari and more recent artists including Alex Israel and Rashid Johnson. A meeting between classicism and grotesque representations of American folklore...
Good Dreams, Bad Dreams – American Mythologies,
at the Aïshti Foundation, Beirut,
until April 2017.