Youssef Haidar, the architect says: “The new museum will hopefully be a step
towards replacing the mass amnesia here for what has happened in the past,
so that we can come to terms with our uncertain, but promising & wishful future.”
New museums and galleries in Lebanon’s capital are being matched by new design boutiques, bars and restaurants in its bohemian districts
After life is exploded, changed, dehumanized, there are shattered pieces that do not heal for years, if at all. “What is left are scars and something else – shame, I suppose, shame for letting it all continue. Glances at the past where solace in tradition and myth prevailed only brings more shame over what the present is. We have lost the splendors of what our ancestors have created and go elsewhere.” (Anthony Shadid _ House of Stone)
For us, the post-war generation, it’s just that awesome building that took forever to renovate. Beit Beirut though, is one of the only surviving symbols of Lebanon’s Civil War, a war most Lebanese try to forget and never try to come to terms with.