Beirut art center launches this spring its art history classes for children aged 8 to 12, with I am sitting in a chair, a series of four sessions by Marie Muracciole and Stephanie Ghazal. Each session will feature an hour of discussions and another hour of projections, practical exercises, and games.
For this edition, the chair will be the motive through which modern art history and today’s artworks will be addressed, from Picasso’s still life with chair caning (1912) to manna’s grandma (2015). Since the beginning of modernity, art has been splitting into various and specific practices. This phenomenon enlarged the experiences we can get of each of the latter and generating encounters and exchanges between them.
Taking the year 1912 as a turning point in the conception of modernity, we will be drawing on the various elements involved in Picasso’s still life with chair caning to explore the diversification of artistic practices in the 20th century: photography, cinema, the (household) object, abstraction, etc.