A Museum in Exile: Solidarity with the People of Palestine

The International Art Exhibition in Solidarity with Palestine was inaugurated in Beirut (Lebanon), March 1978, and was intended as the seed collection for a museum-in-exile. Inspired by the Museum of Resistance in Exile in Solidarity with Salvador Allende, the deposed Chilean president, the collection took the form of a traveling exhibition that was meant to tour until it could “repatriate” to historic Palestine. Organized by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), comprising almost 200 works donated by 200 artists from nearly 30 countries, the exhibition remains one of the most ambitious, in scale and scope, to have ever been showcased in the Arab world until this day. Tragically, during the Israeli siege of Beirut in 1982, sustained shelling destroyed the building where many of the works were stored as well as the exhibition’s archival and documentary traces.

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Source: http://learnpalestine.politics.ox.ac.uk/uploads/sources/588da8858e641.pdf