In 1981 Emmanuel Guiragossian took on the project of publishing a book about the art of his father, one of the Middle East’s most celebrated artists, Paul Guiragossian.
EMMAGOSS, (short for Emmanuel Guiragossian), was established by the artist that same year as a publishing house and the Paul Guiragossian book, written by Joseph Tarrab was completed in 1982. Many more art books of renowned artists followed as well as a series of exhibitions curated by Emmanuel in Europe, the US and the Middle East. In 1991, right after the civil war ended in Lebanon, the Guiragossians decided to give EMMAGOSS a permanent home by opening an art gallery in Zalka on the outskirts of Beirut, a meeting point of both West and East Beirut.
It was a long time dream of both Paul and Emmanuel to create a space and an environment that was made by artists for artists showcasing modern and contemporary art from the world. This space would also have an open art studio where resident and visiting artists would educate people not only on how to create art but more importantly on how to see and appreciate it.
The gallery has since held countless amazing exhibitions of artists from around the world and has collaborated with international Museums and galleries to host exhibitions of great masters such as Picasso, Dali, Miro as well as multiple emerging Lebanese talents who are established today.
After over 15 years of back-to-back art shows and the opening of EMMAGOSS in Germany, the Guiragossian family decided to focus exclusively on the family artists by representing the works of Paul, Emmanuel, Jean-Paul and Manuella in solo shows and art fairs.
The Paul Guiragossian Foundation was also established in 2011 and officially running since the start of 2012. The Foundation concentrates on archiving Guiragossian’s works, authenticating, evaluating as well as restoring them. A catalogue raisonnée is currently in the works as well as a follow up to the original Paul Guiragossian book showcasing his final 10 years body of works.