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The Palestinian Museum: transcending borders

Since its inception, the Palestinian Museum’s digital presence has been a crucial component of its overall mission to transcend borders as a transnational museum living under occupation and to overcome travel restrictions and geopolitical restraints in order to reach global audiences.

The Palestinian Museum was prepared to overcome the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. In early March, the Museum launched its campaign #MuseumfromHome: #PalestinePerseveres, in order to continue fulfilling its mission by bringing continually renewed content and activities online.

A special word from Director General of the Palestinian Museum, Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, PhD

The Palestinian Museum is an independent institution dedicated to supporting an open and dynamic Palestinian culture nationally and internationally. The Museum presents and engages with new perspectives on Palestinian history, society and culture. It also offers spaces for creative ventures, educational programmes and innovative research. The Museum is a flagship project of Taawon-Welfare Association and one of the most exciting new cultural projects in Palestine. The Palestinian Museum designs its various exhibitions and programmes to reach a wide global audience through various means: annual exhibitions at the Museum main gallery, seasonal exhibitions in the Glass Gallery, touring exhibitions, digital showcases, virtual reality, and public and education programmes aimed at knowledge production and dissemination.

Virtual Tour of Glimmer of a Grove Beyond

Glimmer of a Grove Beyond, curated by Adele Jarrar is the Palestinian Museum’s latest exhibition, which explores representations of Palestinian land and natural geography through an array of political posters drawn from the Palestinian Museum’s permanent collection. The collection includes a set of 540 Palestinian political posters, produced between the late-1960s and early-1990s, which were collected and generously donated by ambassador Ali Kazak.

The curated show addresses the notion of landscape and the alterations inflicted on Palestine’s geography, sometimes represented through orientalist photography, and at times as lost geography or as fantasy. Those alterations shaped the political project and ideologies of the day, which in turn were reflected in the artistic and visual languages employed in posters.

Glimmer of a Grove Beyond aims to outline links among the various artistic styles and methods of landscape representation, in addition to their fluctuating relation to the contemporary political project and historical circumstance. It complements the Palestinian Museum’s preceding exhibition, Intimate Terrains, and offers an opportunity to examine the landscape through an additional, unique artform: the poster.

To read more about the Palestinian Museum’s exhibitions, click here.
The Palestinian Museum is preparing to launch a new exhibition in the coming weeks, titled Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun.

Explore and discover the history of Palestine by visiting: Palestinian Journeys and The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive trial website.