Professor Lynda Morris, who holds the Chair in Curation and Art History at Norwich University of the Arts, has addressed the Academy of Art Palestine at the opening of a month long display of Picasso’s ‘Buste De Femme’.
‘Buste De Femme’ on display in the Academy of Art Palestine
The exhibition marks the first time a masterpiece of Picasso has been brought to Palestine. The piece is one of Picasso’s famous paintings and is estimated to be worth $7 million.
Professor Morris recently co-curated the exhibition of Picasso’s work at Tate Liverpool alongside Dr Christoph Grunenberg, Director of Tate Liverpool. ‘Picasso: Peace and Freedom’ brought over 150 works by Picasso together from across the world attracting audience sizes which exceeded all expectations in Liverpool, Vienna and Copenhagen. Professor Morris has researched extensively into the artist’s political views and their influence on his work. She was invited to give a lecture to guests at the opening in Ramallah and also contributed a biography of Picasso for the exhibition brochure.
Comparing the work with the political situation in the West Bank, Professor Morris commented that Picasso strived to understand the Spanish Civil War. “Probably in the West, we know much more of the Israeli side, and it is important to begin to address that balance.”
Upon returning to Norfolk, Professor Morris reflects: “One feels the tension in the Palestinian Territories. They are unable to travel the 10 miles to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem so the students at the Academy in Ramallah have no access to great paintings, only reproductions. At the same time the Arab Spring and Iranian Militarism has increased the feeling of vulnerability in Israel.”
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