A cultural exodus

Art in the Middle East

A cultural exodusSYRIA’s first lady is fond of international art, but following the latest round of EU sanctions she is banned from importing any. Syria’s artists and their wares, however, have been crossing the border in the opposite direction in droves. As the cultural set flees Damascus, neighbouring Lebanon has experienced an explosion of Syrian art and music. “The revolution didn’t stop the Syrian art movement, on the contrary it made it more active, but inside Syria there are no more galleries and exhibitions,” says Rabee Kiwan, a painter who fled to Beirut, Lebanon’s capital,

Check out my latest blog post for the Economist online: http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2012/11/art-middle-east

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