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An enormous banner on one wall lists the names of the artists who have donated works to the National Library Rehabilitation Project.The library's reading room is now hosting "Betasarof" (Adapted) an exhibition of recent work by 55 Lebanese artists, curated by Nadine Bekdache, proprietor of Galerie Janine Rubeiz, and Karim Bekdache.Organized by the Culture Ministry in collaboration with the Lebanese National Library Foundation and Galerie Janine Rubeiz, the show's object is to contribute to the preservation and restoration of Lebanon's artistic and cultural scene.The foundation of the National Library collection dates from 1921, when Philippe de Tarrazi donated over 20,000 books and 3,000 rare manuscripts to the post-Ottoman, pre-Mandate Lebanese state.The project engaged artists to find a bright side to the pagination error.The works on show include a piece by writer and artist Etel Adnan, whose leporello books often combine poetry with her distinctive visual style.Her "Untitled," 2016, finds the artist applying her brushes to pages of print – an approach followed by several artists in this show.
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