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BEIRUT: "Temporary – Metamorphosis of a city: Beirut 1870-2052," the show now up at Beyt Amir in Clemenceau, takes the viewer on a journey across Beirut's changing landscape via the works of eight artists and photographers.The works on show include various panoramic shots of Beirut's horizon as seen through history, paintings of historic houses, as well as sculptures and a short video. Each installation shows a way that Beirut has changed in the last 150 years. One wall shows smaller versions of these "1952" and "1995," preceded by two archive images taken from the same coordinates as Al-Azarieh by the atelier of Felix Bonfils, 1870, and Andre Terzis and Sons, 1910 .Documenting the swathes of barren land, razed after 1990, and the abrupt appearance of the Al-Amin Mosque in Asfar's 2017 photo, this five-photo ensemble covering 150 years shows the dramatic changes Beirut has undergone.Alex Baladi's "2052" is an imaginary pen-and-ink panorama of a Beirut that never experienced war.Having seen how many buildings and cultural landmarks have disappeared, a panoramic in 50 years will likely show more blank white spaces still.
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