Paris may be a world away from Palestine, however in L'Institut Du Monde Arabe there stands over one hundred artworks donated by European and Arabic artists. The art world clearly cares about a peaceful solution to the issues in this part of the world, and is prepared to invest culture in it.
Today, (10th March), the second unveiling of the sixty new items takes place in the IMA. The first showing took place last year and its main aim was to call for more donations. This year's event shows how quickly the cultural world can respond to a call to arms. Now with a wide ranging selection of pieces on display, the former French Culture Minister Elias Sanbar and the Institute's President, Jack Lang, can proudly stand by their efforts.
The pair jointly made plans for the museum in 2015 and work has been ongoing ever since. By establishing a museum of Palestine it is hoped that the nation will receive cultural recognition on an international scale. By investing in the people and their story, and giving them a voice that is separate and unique, the very notion of being Palestinian can be given more meaning.
The Institute have specifically said that items received from unknown names are just as welcome as those from famous artists. They hope to receive much more still, however their hoard already includes work by the late Egyptian painter Hamed Abdalla and Algerian polymath Rachid Koraichi. The art is not intended to illustrate a cause or push for emotional response in the immediate day, but to simply give the people a rich and diverse heritage which is inspired by their compelling story.
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