Photo by: Iwan Baan. © the Palestinian Museum. New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges, May 2017 

The “new museum” is confronted with the demanding task to mediate between the expectations and intentions of the different parties involved. It is participating in an extensive global network of research and cultural exchange. These increasingly complex conceptualizations of the “museum” and social transformations of recent decades entail more diverse demands towards the museum. Thus, more and more institutions position themselves as places of exchange and communication.

The Arts Centre Basel, on behalf of the Musées d'art et d'histoire in Geneva, Switzerland have developed an international exhibition about contemporary museum architecture which will be presented in Geneva from May 10 to August 27, 2017. In May 2016, The Palestinian Museum was selected for participation. The exhibition, ‘New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges’ is the third instalment in a series of international architecture exhibitions by the Arts Centre Basel.  It is preceded by: Museums for a New Millennium, May 2000, and Museums in the 21st Century, November 2016. The Palestinian Museum and Heneghan Peng architects have collaborated to prepare new and original material for exhibition.

The exhibition will open in the Musées d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 10 to August 27, 2017.


A Museum for Palestine, 2017

The Palestinian Museum is partnering with the Institute of the Arab World (Institut du Monde Arabe) in Paris to organise an exhibition featuring a collection of the A Museum for Palestine Project. The exhibition will be held from Saturday 25 February till 26 March 2017. It will later be displayed in the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit in 2018 or 2019. The exhibition brought 50 art works donated by French artists in solidarity with the Palestinian people and includes paintings , historical photographs, and sculptures that reflect the diversity in contemporary art practices in the past decades.

The Project A Museum for Palestine was launched in France two years ago to form an art collection to be the nucleus of a future Palestinian national museum of modern and contemporary arts. A joint agreement on this regard was signed by the Palestinian Ambassador to the UNESCO, Mr. Elias Sanbar and the Institut du Monde Arab, represented by its director Jacques Lang.

A Museum for Palestine was inspired by a similar initiative during the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, led by the renowned French artist Ernest Pignon Ernest member of the (Association d’Art Moderne et Contemporain en Palestine). Each artist offered one or several works of art in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The works were safely deposited in the care of the Institute of the Arab World (Institut du Monde Arab) awaiting their journey to their natural destination Palestine.

This partnership forms part of the Palestinian Museum’s vision to promote Palestinian cultural presence at world level and expand its local and international partnerships.


Introduction to the Palestinian Museums, 2014

Concept: the Palestinian Museum is presenting its own vision of archives via the project Introduction to the Palestinian Museums. This project is a pioneering experiment whose participants include both museums inside and outside Palestine, and those that take Palestine as a subject for research. Via preliminary activities connected to development and continuity, it ultimately seeks to shed light on the museum experience in general. Specifically, it explores various aspects of museum experience in the participating museums and their special collections, placing them within their societal and cultural contexts and demonstrating the extent of their contribution to the colourful mosaic of Palestinian cultural life.

These museums (and various personal collections) serve to document, via their different spaces, collections and visions, details of the philosophy and reasoning behind their original establishment. In this project, we hope in this project to raise questions about what distinguishes these museum experiences in particular, in an attempt to trace non-linear narratives connected to the Palestinian question and Palestinian society, by shedding light on the museum as a multi-layered archive that enacts Palestine’s varied history and constantly changing geography.