City Gallery City Gallery Wellington

Past exhibition

Khaled Hourani and Rashid Masharawi: Picasso in Palestine

25 March–22 July 2016

Palestinian artist and gallerist Khaled Hourani had a dream: to borrow a modernist masterpiece—Pablo Picasso’s Buste de Femme (1943), from Eindhoven’s Van Abbemuseum—and show it in the International Academy of Art in Ramallah. Given the limitations on Palestinian sovereignty, what would have otherwise been a straightforward museum loan took on a political, diplomatic and military character, in the process illuminating the reality of life under occupation. The exhibition took place in 2011. This film, Picasso in Palestine (52min, 2012) tells the story.