“Four Master Artists From Bilad al-Sham”
Birzeit University Museum cordially invites you to attend the opening of the exhibitio
Four Art Masters from Bilad al-Sham
This exhibition comes as part of an overall program of showcasing Birzeit University Museum’s ethnographic and art collections. The museum’s collections have been steadily growing and expanding in size and breadth thanks to the generous donations of artists and collectors from Palestine, the Arab World and the world at large.
The theme of of this exhibition has been chosen in light of the successive changes taking place in Bilad al-Sham (Greater Syria & Palestine – the Levant). Nameley those which have continuously striven to fragment this cultural and historic whole into splinters of ethnic, sectarian, and political differences in an attempt to create new realities on the ground and revitalise outaded divisions and differences which any inquisitive mind can discern and expose. New generations have somewhat become oblivious to the deep cultural harmony that once united Bilad al-Sham over the centuries, particularly in light of the increasingsense of regionalalisation and the attempts to turn it into apermanent national identity.
By celebrating the works of four different artists from Bilad al-Sham in the University’s collections, this exhibition is a cry of defiance in the face of regionalism sectarianism, localism and tribalism. It is an attempt to retrieve and highlight our collectives similarities in Bilad al-Sham through artistic expression and talent.
Each of the three female and one male artists showcased in this exhbition reflect divergent and independent schools of thought and artistic identities. What unites them is a collective sensibility that is informed by life in exile, away from the homeland as is the case of many of the Arab world’s artists and itellectuals.