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Nammour is president of The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon. She spoke to a group of journalists and other interested individuals invited to last Friday's reception to mark the official launch of "Museum in the Making," an international campaign to establish Beirut Contemporary, a museum of modern and contemporary art. The fact that Beirut Contemporary could be the city's first public museum of contemporary and modern art is a symptom of the Lebanese condition.No surprise, then, that a museum of modern and contemporary art has been absent from this landscape.As was the case among artists in Palestine, where the development of arts infrastructure has been similarly stunted, "the museum" even seeped into the arsenal of concepts with which some Lebanese contemporary artists toyed in their work.Beirut Contemporary could be the city's first contemporary and modern art museum, but it is not the sole initiative of its kind.In the past few years, a number of groups have announced private initiatives to build public museums of contemporary and modern art in Beirut. Nammour agrees that Beirut's museum rush does reflect the remarkable growth of the international art market.
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