Arab World institute
15 Sep → 20 Dec 2020
From Tue to Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Sat & Sun until 7 pm. Closed Mon.
Since 2016, the JAI has housed the collection of the future National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Palestine: a "solidarity collection", made up of donations from artists, designed by the Palestinian Ambassador to UNESCO Elias Sanbar. The EPI has already presented parts of it in 2017 and 2018. For the third presentation of the collection at the Arab World Institute, the writer Laurent Gaudé was invited to choose from among the 350 or so works already collected. This access through the plastic arts from the second half of the 20th century to the present day provides the vision that each artist gives of "his" world, whatever his origin, style, techniques and media used. Emotion then takes precedence over testimony, giving everyone, according to his or her inclinations, the possibility to feel and dream in complete freedom, far from the contingencies of everyday life. The exhibition also pays tribute to Vladimir Veličković, who passed away on 29 August 2019, one of the very first artists to believe in the reality of a museum of modern and contemporary art for all in Palestine. Managed by an association under French law, this collection is kept at the Arab World Institute, its anchor point, pending the acquisition of the land and the construction of the museum's premises in Palestine. Coordinated by Ernest Pignon Ernest, its ambition is to cover the essential currents of contemporary creation over the last fifty years.