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Jabre told The Daily Star his first donations were devoted to supporting education and health projects in Lebanon.Earlier this month, the Hamburg-based Montblanc Art Foundation celebrated the Jabres' philanthropic work, presenting them with its annual Arts Patronage award at Ashkal Alwan.When presenting its patronage award, Montblanc highlighted the work of The Philippe Jabre Association for youth assistance, the couple's support of "Beirut Home," the recent group show of Lebanese contemporary art at Rome's MAXXI museum, their role in providing a space for Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts and their contribution to the development of the country as a whole.The Jabres have been instrumental in finding a home for Ashkal Alwan's neighbor, the Beirut Art Center, and for bankrolling the American University of Beirut's chair in art history and curatorial practice. They also provided assistance to the Lebanese pavilion of the Venice Art Biennial, helping stage Akram Zaatari's work in 2013, as well as that of Zad Moultaka in 2017 .Grounded in essential matters, the Jabres' art patronage stems from a preoccupation with collecting. The Montblanc prize applauds contemporary art patrons but Philippe Jabre's original and chief interest as a collector is 19th-century orientalist art, especially work that emerged from – or depicts – the region now known as Lebanon.The couple's interest in contemporary art developed perhaps 10 years later, while living in London.
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