Mathaf Mathaf is a collaborative commissioning project between the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) - spearheading the Beirut Museum of Art - and Temporary . Art . Platform (TAP).
It plays on the geographical location of the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) that will come to face the National Museum in the Mathaf area of Beirut (mathaf literally meaning museum in Arabic), as well as the close exchange between the national archaeological museum and the museum of modern and contemporary art to come.
Mathaf Mathaf aims at bridging the gap between the archaeological museum and modern and contemporary art as well as providing space and means for research and commissioning new art projects to Lebanese and Lebanon-based artists.
In 2018, the iteration of Mathaf Mathaf will be a commission to contemporary artist Ali Cherri, whose practice has recently been focusing on objects, archeology, ethnography and museology.