Restoration & Conservation
Preserving the Lebanese National Art Heritage 
Neglected since the civil war, the paintings, works on paper and sculptures were poorly stored, covered in dust and mold, damaged by water, holes and tears.

 Continuous professional development, academic exchanges, and the establishment of professional programs in conservation play a crucial role in preserving and researching our National Treasure.

BeMA is a member of IIC:

Restoration Lab Timeline
2016: 535 artworks to be restored and 2500 to be cleaned

2017: 55,000 Euros grant by the Cultural Preservation Program of the German Federal Foreign Office, provides basic equipment and rehabilitation of the UNESCO storage space

2019: Lack of electricity at UNESCO Storage: Artworks in condition crisis once again

2020: Beirut Explosion: recleaning & restoring - Dusting campaign of the Sursock Museum’s collection 41,200 US Dollars awarded by UNESCO to restore 17 artworks

2022: German State Academy of Art and Design & Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences sponsor training
 workshops for tear-mending with specialist Petra Demuth.

2023: 294 artworks restituted, and 1800 artworks cleaned
The program offers training and capacity building compensating for the lack of conservation studies in Lebanon.

2023-2028 target:
  • Restore 150 artworks - Clean 700
  • Trainings to enhance know-how
  • Transfer know-how
  • Purchase scientific equipment
  • Become a leading institute for scientific conservation of modern cultural heritage

BeMA's Restoration Story [Video]
A Selection Of Restored Artworks