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Khaddaje Samir

Khaddaje Samir

Exhibits at Beirut Exhibition Center

SAMIR KHADDAJE was born in 1939, in Kfar Matta, a small village in the Chouf mountains. A professional draftsman, he developed an interest in the arts and quickly assimilated the European artistic experience of the twentieth century through many visits to European capitals and participation in collective painting workshops and group theater events.


The evolution of his personal style in painting was arrested by the continued aggravation of the civil disturbances in Lebanon. Like many artists and writers who lived in Beirut at the time, he was unable to cope singly with the overwhelming subject of a war that pervaded every aspect of daily life. Feeling the futility of dealing with any other subject, Khaddaje chose not to produce any individual paintings during the last years of the war. He did, however, continue experimenting with collective works. Ten large paintings dealing with the war, or life under it, co-signed with Marc Mourani were displayed at the Carlton Hotel in 1989, along with 60 of Khaddaje’s early individual paintings.


Khaddaje moved to Paris in 1990 where he was granted a work and living space in the basement of the Cognac-Jay Hospital. The distancing from the war liberated Khaddaje’s creativity. His first individual representation of war, after years of silence, came out as strident bursts of shrapnel. It was displayed under the aptly chosen name of “Eclats” in 1992, in the exhibition hall of Montreuil, a space large enough to accommodate the 300 mostly very large paintings he had created during his first years in Paris.


Numerous exhibitions and installations followed in France, England and Lebanon. The most notable ones are:

  • The 1993 exhibit that covered practically all the grounds of the French Cultural Center in Beirut and which attracted thousands of visitors.
  • The UNESCO Palace installation-exhibit of 1999.
  • The spectacular 2002 installation-exhibit “Satyricon” in the war-ravaged Dome building in downtown Beirut.


An exhibit of Khaddaje’s works is planned for February 2011 at the Beirut Exhibition Center. In addition to paintings from the different periods of his artistic career, the exhibit will contain new paintings, video loops of extracts from films on the artist and his work, and a new installation mixing paintings with three-dimensional objects and audiovisual effects.


Painting Exhibitions

  • Carlton Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon 1989
  • Montreuil Exhibition Center,  Montreuil, France 1992
  • Centre Culturel Francais, Beirut, Lebanon 1993
  • Jacques Franck Cultural Center, Paris, France 1993
  • Cognac-Jay Hospital Gardens, France 1993
  • Cognac-Jay Hospital Gardens, France 1994
  • Islington Art Factory, London, UK 1994
  • 50 x70 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 1995
  • Cognac-Jay Hospital Gardens, France 1998
  • Agial Gallery, Beirut 2006


Art Installations

  • Saint-Leonard Chapel, Croissy sur Seine, France 1997
  • MJC Rouguet Saint-Cyprien, France 2001
  • Centre Culturel Français, Beirut 2004
  • Goethe Institute, Beirut 2004
  • Beirut Theater, Beirut, 2004
  • Zicco House: Video installation, Beirut 2004
  • The Crypt of St. Joseph’s Church, Beirut 2009


Art Installations with Painting Exhibitions

  • UNESCO Hall,  Beirut 1999.
  • Toulouse-Le-Mirail University, France 2001
  • The Beirut Dome: Satyricon, painting exhibition and installation,  Beirut 2002
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