The exhibition Picasso in Palestine will open Friday, June 24, at the International Academy of Art Palestine (IAAP). For the very first time an original painting by Pablo Picasso will be on show in Palestine. The work Buste de Femme (1943) is one of the most iconic works from the collection of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and has been exhibited throughout the world in the past 50 years. On the basis of a loan request made to the museum by the IAAP in July 2009 and following extensive research, the work traveled to Ramallah in June 2011.
The opening takes place from 16.00 – 18.00 hours (Dutch local time) and will be screened live in the Muziekgebouw foyer. Everyone is welcome to come and experience this historic moment!
16.00 hours: Press conference Picasso in Palestine
Short opening speech by Fatima AbdulKarim, project coordinator at the International Academy of Art Palestine (IAAP)
Opening speeches by Khaled Hourani, artistic director IAAP (in Arabic) and Charles Esche, director Van Abbemuseum (in English).
Afterwards journalists can ask questions
17.00 hours: Official opening
Arrival of Salam Fayyad, prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, followed by a folkloristic parade (a Palestinian wedding celebration)
Short speech by the prime minister
Around 17.30 hours there will be several musical performances, amongst which Sana Mousa, a Palestinian folkloric singer.
After this the guests will be able to view the Picasso.
The work Buste de Femme will be exhibited in a specially constructed room inside the IAAP from 24 June to 20 July.