A Famous Picasso's Journey To Palestine May Be More Significant Than The Art Itself
A small arts academy in the West Bank overcomes logistical challenges to bring a masterpiece to its community.
In the face of numerous logistical challenges, the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands successfully loaned the iconic Picasso artwork, ‘Buste de Femme,' to the International Academy of Art-Palestine. The academy's artistic director Khaled Horani told Al-Jazeera:
The idea started like a joke: I was asking, ‘Why shouldn't a Picasso go to Palestine?' …'Why wouldn't Palestine be like any other country that Picasso would visit?'
The academy, located in Ramallah, is a former gallery that was shut down by the Israeli army, making the painting's venture there culturally and politically significant.