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The latest addition to Beirut's ever growing list of galleries opened its doors to the public Thursday night with a group exhibition showcasing a selection of pieces from its expansive worldwide collection.Opera Gallery in Beirut is the latest addition to a global chain of galleries founded 21 years ago. Amer, who has been the director of Opera Gallery in Paris for the past 18 years, is in town to support the owners of the Beirut branch, art collector Georges Chalhoub and his wife Salwa, who will be in charge of the day-to-day management of the gallery.As part of the global network, the Beirut gallery has access to the entire worldwide collection, which includes work by established contemporary artists as diverse as Damien Hirst, Mr. Brainwash, Parviz Tanavoli and Hiro Ando.As part of a global chain, however, Opera Gallery already has an established client base and enjoys a measure of security that local independent commercial galleries lack.Currently, Opera Gallery doesn't own any work by Lebanese artists, but Chalhoub and Amer say that the new space might mean that soon changes.However, Amer says that Opera Gallery also intends to cater to young collectors, with pieces starting from $5,000 .
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