What’s On

May 2022


Dear audience,You can now mark the Museum’s May 2022 events on your digital calendar (pc or mobile) through this Link

International Museum Day 2022: The Power of Museums

International Museum Day, organised this year under the theme The Power of Museums, is a call to explore how Museums can make a positive impact through three lenses: the power of achieving sustainability; the power of innovating on digitisation and accessibility; and the power of community building through education. To mark the occasion, the Palestinian Museum will organise several public in-person events along these three axes in support of a vibrant Palestinian culture.

These events will take place over 4 days, from May 16th to May 19th, ranging from tours of the Museum’s current exhibition, gardens, and the collections, to 3D VR tours, seminars, and workshops for the whole family. Between May 16th to May 21st, the Museum will offer extended visiting hours, opening its doors between 10:00 and 20:00.

We warmly invite you and your families to join these events, take advantage of a 50% discount in our gift shop, and enjoy a delicious meal from the Palestinian Museum cafeteria.

3D VR Exhibition Tour
Labour of Love: New Approaches to Palestinian Embroidery

Location: the Palestinian Museum
Languages: Arabic and English

Monday and Tuesday, May 16th and 17th, 2022
10:00-11:00
12:00-13:00
14:00-15:00
16:00-17:00
Wednesday and Thursday, May 18th and 19th, 2022
11:00-12:00
13:00-14:00 

The Palestinian’s groundbreaking 2018 “Labour of Love” exhibition explored Palestinian embroidery (tatreez) through the lenses of gender, class, labour market dynamics and its resulting commodification. The exhibition traced the shift of tatreez from an individual practice made with love, to a national symbol, to a product circulating in international markets.

Through 3D VR glasses, the Palestinian Museum will now take you on a tour of the exhibition by narrating two stories inspired by the exhibition: The embroidered heritage dresses (thobes) of the First Intifada; and tatreez as practised by men in the Occupation prisons.

The VR equipment will be made available between Monday, May 16th to Thursday, May 19th for limited hours. Join us at the exhibition, grab a pair of VR glasses and embark on a unique journey of exploration through the exhibition. A copy of the exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase.

Night at the Museum

Monday, May 16th | 10:00-20:00
Saturday, May 21st | 10:00-20:00

The Palestinian Museum is offering extended visiting hours so you can visit the exhibition “A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast”. During your visit, enjoy a special delicious meal from the Palestinian Museum cafeteria and take advantage of a 50% discount in our gift shop.

Tour of the Palestinian Museum Gardens
Professor of Plant Biology: Munir Naser, PhD

Tuesday, May 17th | 10:00-11:00
Location: the Palestinian Museum
Language: Arabic

Pique your curiosity and join us on an adventurous tour through the gardens. You will see aromatic and medicinal plants, as well as traditional legume and cereal crops, all surrounded by wild fruit trees.
Please register in advance by contacting activities@palmuseum.org

Green Building Tour
Palestinian Museum Facilities Manager: Bashar Ammar

Tuesday, May 17th | 11:00-12:00
Location: the Palestinian Museum
Language: Arabic

The Palestinian Museum is the first Palestinian LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Green Building, a model for environmental sustainability through its adherence to green building standards.

Exhibition Guided Tour
A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast 

Assistant Curator: Malak Abdel Wahab
Tuesday, May 17th | 13:00-14:00
Location: the Palestinian Museum
Language: Arabic

Join us for a guided tour of the Palestinian Museum’s fifth annual exhibition, A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast. The tour sheds light on the exhibition’s main themes, research process, and commissioned art and design works.
Please register in advance by contacting activities@palmuseum.org


A Guided Tour in the Palestinian Museum’s Collections Room
Heritage Dresses: Memory Trail

With Collections Unit Coordinator: Bara Bawatneh
Tuesday, May 17th | 14:00-15:00
Location: the Palestinian Museum
Language: Arabic

Join us to learn the story of 80 Palestinian embroidered dresses (thobes) that travelled from Palestine to the United States three decades ago, and were at last returned to their homeland in Palestine to be preserved in the Palestinian Museum.

Please register in advance by contacting activities@palmuseum.org 

Exhibition Guided Tour
A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast 

Assistant Curator: Ahmad Al-Aqra’
Wednesday, May 18th | 13:00-14:00
Location: the Palestinian Museum
Language: Arabic 

Join us for a guided tour of the Palestinian Museum’s fifth annual exhibition, A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast. The tour sheds light on the exhibition’s main themes, research process, and commissioned art and design works.

Please register in advance by contacting activities@palmuseum.org 

Artist Talk
Bashar Khalaf

Wednesday, May 18th | 16:00-17:00
Location: the Palestinian Museum
Language: Arabic

Join the conversation with artist Bashar Khalaf as he discusses his commissioned artwork Live the Dream, now shown within the exhibition “A People by the Sea”.

Khalaf regularly observes the streets of Ramallah and uses them in his practice, as he did in his series Search for a Self Portrait (2019) which tackled commercial advertisements. Closely and carefully, he scrutinises the commodification that dominates our visual memory and which contributes to the destabilisation of the younger generation’s immediate memory.
 

Dialogue
Community Museums in Palestine: Sustainability Amidst Dispossession

Speakers: Mazen Qumsiyeh, Nasab Hussein
Chaired by: Baha Jubeh
Wednesday, May 18th | 14:00-15:30
Location: the Palestinian Museum and Zoom
Language: Arabic

In conjunction with International Museum Day 2022, which this year is organised under the theme “The Power of Museums”, the Palestinian Museum will host an open dialogue with other Palestinian museums to discuss the question of sustainability and its meaning and challenges, as per the International Museum Day programme. This event will pose questions, among them how sustainability can be contemplated in a colonial context built upon dispossession.

Children’s Art Workshop
Freedom Flotilla: Reclaiming the Landscape

In partnership with the Visual Arts Forum
Thursday, May 19th | 14:00-16:00
Age range: Nine and above

In partnership with the Visual Arts Forum, an art workshop will be organised for children to produce an artistic model of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla to highlight the history of the ship as an initiative to break the siege on Gaza. Join us in returning this ship to sea.

Symposium
The Land of Oranges: Economy, Art, Social Structures

Speakers: Sherene Seikaly, Hosni Mlitat, Anas Ibrahim
In dialogue with Majd Abu Amer
Thursday, May 26th | 19:00-20:30.
Location: Zoom
Language: Arabic

The symposium will explore the political and socioeconomic structures before the Nakba using the metaphor of the orange.

It will provide a historical reading of the social structures built on the pre-Nakba orange economy, critically exploring the socioeconomic context. Artistic depictions of oranges will also be considered, tackling questions such as: have oranges become an identity marker for Palestinians? If so, how? Did oranges hold any cultural significance preceding the year 1948? How has the Nakba impacted the orange as a symbol?

Furthermore, a historical reading of the transformations to the socio-economic structures following the Nakba will be presented, particularly focusing on the fragmentation of said structures following the Zionist takeover and ethnic cleansing during the Nakba (especially the period of martial law in ’48 Palestine). Accordingly, the symposium offers a look at how these structures were transformed, either into other economic processes within or without their indigenous origin, or, into topics of nostalgia enacted through representations/recollections of the past in artistic and cultural practices