The Sursock Museum façade after temporarily weatherproofing the bulidingPhoto: Rowina BouHarb
Paper restorer Caroline Gelot works on the restoration of Georges Daoud Corm's portrait of Marie Bekhyt Corm. Gelot's mission was supported by ALIPH and coordinated by INP.Photo: Rowina BouHarb
The paintings' dusting campaign has benefited from the support of the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) and its talented restoration teamPhoto: Rowina BouHarb
Restorer Kerstin Khalifé dusting artworks. The dusting campaign has benefited from the support of the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) and its talented restoration team.Photo: Rowina BouHarb
The dusting of the library books was possible thanks to volunteers from the Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management program at Balamand. Blue Shield and Biladi provided us with the necessary equipment.Photo: Marie-Nour Hechaime
Archivist Rowina BouHarb dusting Laure Ghorayeb's tryptich “Beyrouth appelle les générations futures"Photo: Marie-Nour Hechaime
We’re overwhelmed by the incredible solidarity we received following the Beirut port explosion, and are grateful to all those who have supported the Museum so far, whether through checking in; asking about us; volunteering; or donating. We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who helped us in myriad ways.
Situated a mere 800 meters from the explosion site, the Sursock Museum was severely impacted. The reconstruction works needed to restore the Museum to its original state are estimated at 3 million USD.
With your help, we have raised a total of 706,112.32 USD; of which 568,231 USD come from grants and institutions; and 137,881.32 USD from individual donations. This is a great steppingstone to recovery, for which we are immensely grateful.
In particular, we would like to thank the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) for granting us the generous sum of 500,000 USD to weatherproof the building; the Goethe-Institut for giving us a grant of 10,000 USD to purchase rehousing and conservation material for our archive; as well as Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, who raised 58,231 USD for the benefit of the Museum, on behalf of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage.
We still have a long way to go. Please consider making a donation online or via direct transfer here.
Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage
Association pour le design et l'art
ArtScoops / Nada Boulos Auction
Abraham Karabajakian collection / Artenuovo collection
Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA)
Institut national du patrimoine
Pierre Dammous & Partners
Samar Abdo Abou Zeid • Joanna Abousleiman • Toufic and Micheline Amyuni • Robert B. and Dominique A. Anderson • Nicolas Appelt • Lili Arbogast • Dalia Atallah • Katarzyna Bak • Nadim Basna • Tarek Bazzi • Benmamar • Gilles and Annick Biscos • Mikkel Bogh • Eva Boisrond • Glenn Bowman • Antonio V. Caballero • Michael Challita • Marc Chelala • Firas Chelala and Tala Njeim • Pam Chiang • Hala Choucair • Allison Meredith Crump • Rola Dally • Mr. and Mrs. Daumont • A. Durant Des Aulnois • Jeffrey A. Duricko • Nathalie Estelli • Lina Fares • Nicolas Al Ferzly • Dominique and Leo Faust • Regina Gandour-Edwards • Rima Ghanem • Rabia A. Gregory • Michaël Goris • Jean-Max Guieu • Jacqueline F. and O. Bruce Gupton • Ranwa Haddad • Habib Haddad • Karine Hajje • Zicky Hammud • Mona Hatoum • Joy Hecht • André Hinterman • Isabel Joly • Richard R. K. Jones • Abdallah Kabbani • Abraham Karabajakian and Artenuovo collection • Cyril Karaoglan • Kay • Mikhael Kayrouz • Joelle Kharrat • Tania Khoury • Linda Koreska • Annette M. La Velle • Maryvonne G. Laparliere • Mischa Lentz • Ori Livneh • Youssef Mahfoud • Magda Malkoun • B. McBride • Christine McKinnon • Omar Medawar • Tarek Naffah • Marie-Rose Najjar • Aaron D. Nesser • Jose Nuno-Garcia • J Ridgely Porter III Oakley • Ravi Anil Patel • Falque Pierrotin • Louis Quail • Marcel Rached • Dominique Ritley • Natalia Robalino • Naila Saade • Christine Safa • Andre de Rafelis Saint-Sauveur • Roula Sammakieh • Tareef Shawa • Clayton Shedd • Joel Silverman • Andre E. Soltner • Timothy B Stanley • J. F. Thibault • Pierre and Nadia Valla • Hrag Vartanian • Catherine Hermary Vieille • Markus Wagner • Mark and Jasmine Warren • N. G. H. Weijenberg • Elisabeth P. Work • Caroline Zaccar • donors who wish to remain anonymous.
Gregory Buchakjian • Christine Safa • Magda Malkoun • Hale Tenger • Post Industrial Crafts.
*The support we’ve received from artists has been heartwarming and overwhelming. We may have missed some artists’ initiatives not mentioned here; we apologize if we have. If you have donated your work to the benefit of the Museum or other cultural institutions, please make sure you inform us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
People who supported the Museum through the purchase of an artwork gifted by Hale Tenger
Guher Abaci • Nada Abu Fadel • Tarik Bayazit • Melis Behlil • Ibrahim Hakan Borcene • Oya Türkmen Delahaye • Omer Dinckok • D. Dusenkalkar • Mai Eldib • Cetin Erbes • Sidika Hale Erdemci • Selin Gulcelik • Oksan Gulec • Ahmet Hüsnü Güreli • Feza Güvenal • Hatice Canan Pak Imregun • Azmi Karaveli • Eda Kehale • Verda Alaton Le Drian • Omar Walid Medawar • Karla Medini • Fuat Miskavi • Yasemin Ors • Christian Oxenius • E. L. Ozen • Leyla Pekin • Kemal Servi • Malkoc Sualp • Erol A. Taranto • Mustafa Zeki Terzioglu • Ayse Umur.
Tanios Abou Khalil • Amale Abou Zour • Rosana Abou Zour • Samer Abou Zour • Zeina Abou Zour • Ziad Abou Zour • Nathan Azar • Lila Bajjaly • Patil Balian • Zeina Bailoun • Hadi Bou Chebel • Renee Chehade • David Chlela • Alexandre Chidiac • Rhéa Dagher • Lina Fakhoury • Ahmad Haidar • Anna Kikano • Joelle Kosremelli • Omar Maalouf • Helene Malhame • Pia Mansour • Jessica Merjaneh • Ella Morand • Adam Mrouwe • Gilbert Nicolas • Carolina Ortiz Jerez • Fleur Peterson • Monique Rizkallah Chebli • Yana Samarani • Mariam Tabet • Camille Tyan • Henri Tyan • Chloé Zlotnik.
ALIPH grants the Sursock Museum 500,000 USD to weatherproof the building
Within the framework of its Action Plan for Beirut's heritage, the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) granted the Sursock Museum a total of 500,000 USD dedicated to the stabilization and waterproofing of the Museum. This initiative took place in collaboration with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and as an extension of the mission carried out by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
Goethe-Institut gives support to acquire rehousing material
In the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion, the Goethe-Institut set up a fund to support cultural institutions that were impacted by the blast. The Sursock Museum, one of the beneficiaries of the grant, will use the received fund of 10,000 USD to acquire specialized equipment, as well as rehousing and preservation material, which are not available in Lebanon.
Abraham Karabajakian; Artenuovo collection; Artscoops; and Nada Boulos Auction team up to support the Sursock Museum
In September 2020, ArtScoops and Nada Boulos Auction held an online auction of works from Abraham Karabajakian's collection and the Artenuovo collection, featuring modern and contemporary artists. 7% of the hammer price of each lot, donated by both the sellers and the auction house, was dedicated to the reconstruction of the Sursock Museum.
In November 2020, Christie’s held a charity auction under the title "We Are All Beirut" to help the Lebanese capital rebuild its cultural scene following the devastating port explosion of 4 August 2020. The proceeds of the auction were entrusted to the Arab Funds for Arts and Culture (AFAC) to support the rebuilding of the art community in Beirut, and were subsequently be redistributed to institutions that were impacted by the explosion, including the Sursock Museum.
Beirut of Museum Art (BeMA) supports the collection's dusting campaign
The dusting of all the artworks that were on display at the time of the explosion, as well as the works that were in the storage, was headed by conservator Kerstin Khalife. This campaign was made possible thanks to the generous support of BeMA and its talented restoration team. The dusting of all the artworks in the collection was completed in October 2020.
Volunteers support books’ and archive's dusting campaign
We’re deeply thankful for the volunteering graduates of the Master’s program in Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management at the University of Balamand, who worked tirelessly to dust the library books and archive. Their involvement was facilitated by the program director Nadine Panayot, for whom we are grateful. We also extend our gratitude to Blue Shield and Biladi for providing us with the specialized tools and equipment that are instrumental for this campaign. The dusting campaign of the books and archive was led by our archivist Rowina BouHarb.
ALIPH and INP support restoration of paper-based works
A total of 26 works on paper were damaged following the explosion. A graduate of the Institut national du patromoine (INP), conservator Caroline Gelot worked at the Museum’s restoration workshop to restore part of the damaged paper-based works, many of which present tears, creases, or abrasions. Caroline’s mission was generously supported by ALIPH and coordinated by INP.
INP donates conservation material to the Museum
In a generous gesture, INP donated crucial conservation and rehousing material, including conservation boxes, cotton gloves, brushes, latex sponges, and vacuum cleaners. We’re very thankful for this donation, which will help us move forward with our dusting campaign, and rehouse archival material.
Mitsulift supports the Sursock Museum
Following the Beirut port explosion, the Museum’s visitor elevators, as well as the service lift, primarily used to transport artworks, were badly damaged. Mitsulift will support the Sursock Museum’s reconstruction efforts through an in-kind donation.
Pierre Dammous & Partners contribute to the rebuilding of the Sursock Museum
The Sursock Museum is benefiting immensely from the consulting expertise of Pierre Dammous & Partners. We're deeply grateful for the know-how of their electromechanical consultants, who are providing critical and crucial input to the reconstruction of the Museum.
Saint-Gobain donates construction material
Saint-Gobain provided much needed support to the Museum through the donation of construction materials. We’re very grateful for this contribution, which will help us replace the collapsed and damaged gypsum ceilings and walls throughout the building.
Warde upholsters Salon arabe cushions
Thanks to Warde’s support, we were able to upholster the cushions in the Salon arabe.