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Art and a Nation.

Alwane is Lebanon's longest standing gallery.

Through her person and the galleries she owned and operated, Odile Mazloum is an icon of the art scene in Lebanon with a history that’s probably the longest. Her prodigious career started in 1964 when, only 19 years old, she returned from Paris where she’d already finished her studies with distinction at the Ecole du Louvre and the Beaux-Arts. She recalls the moment of magic that brought about her first gallery:
“I was having lunch in Hamra and accidentally saw a locale that I immediately fell in love with; three floors on a corner, with windows all over, and I learned that it was for sale. My heart was pulsating so hard that I couldn’t even drive; I rushed to see my father in downtown. I grabbed him from Massoud, the gathering spot for artists and intellectuals at the time, and with all the exuberant enthusiasm of my young age, took him to Hamra to convince him with the shop. It worked!”

 

"My heart was pulsating so hard that I couldn’t even drive; I rushed to see my father in downtown."

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