Palestinian National Museum art exhibition opens in Paris


Updated September 18, 2020

Palestinian National Museum art exhibition opens in Paris

  • The art donated to the exiled museum has been kept in the reserves of the IMA in France since 2015
  • “It’s a Palestinian museum in exile made up of donations from artists from several countries that we keep in our reserves,” said former French culture minister Jack Lang.

PARIS: An art exhibition donated to the National Museum of Palestine, still fictitious, was presented in Paris.
The works of the first couple of photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martine Franck, as well as street artist Jef Aerosol are presented in “Couleurs du monde”, which takes place at the Institut du monde arabe (IMA) in the French capital until on December 20.
The art donated to the exiled museum has been kept in the reserves of the IMA in France since 2015.
IMA director and former French culture minister Jack Lang told AFP that the institute has so far looked after some 400 works.
“It is a Palestinian museum in exile made up of donations from artists from several countries that we keep in our reserves,” Lang added.
He said he hoped a bricks-and-mortar museum on Palestine “will be built in East Jerusalem one day.”
Palestine’s ambassador to UNESCO Elias Sanbar said the project ‘may seem utopian’, but similar museums in exile have been created for apartheid South Africa and dictatorship Chile by Pinochet.
Alongside the exhibition, the IMA also offers an exhibition of photos and videos of Arab artists entitled “Shared Memories” drawn from the immense donation of the Lebanese collector Claude Lemand.

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