Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award Honors

15 May, 2018

The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage award has been celebrated for the first time in Lebanon, recognising Zaza and Philippe Jabre for their endless support towards the development of arts in the region. Now in its 27th year, the visionary Arts Patronage Awards celebrate the work and contributions of modern day art patrons around the world. Only the second recipients to receive the award from the Middle East region, the Jabres have been honoured for their work across The Philippe Jabre Association for youth assistance; their support of the MAXXI exhibition, Beirut Home; provision of space for Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts; as well as their contribution to the development of the country.

The 2018 recipients were honoured at a ceremony on the 3rd May at Ashkal Alwan, a multipurpose facility in Beirut dedicated to contemporary artistic practices, research, production and education. Guests included prominent figures from the art world, Montblanc’s long-time distribution partner, the Tamer Group, and regional media who were hosted by Franck Juhel, President of Montblanc Middle East, India and Africa, along with Montblanc Cultural Foundation Chairmen Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath.

During the award ceremony, Montblanc unveiled its new Patron of Art Limited Edition writing instrument paying homage to Ludwig II of Bavaria, a lover of art history, architecture and music, and one of the greatest patrons of the 19th century. Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil presented the Jabres with a unique Patron of Art Homage to Ludwig II Limited Edition with personalized nib, encased inside an angel wing trophy, in addition to a prize of 15,000 Euros to benefit a cultural project of their choice, the Philippe Jabre Association for youth assistance.