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Palestinian Museum Continues Construction During Israel-Gaza Conflict

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The Palestinian Museum.

COURTESY THE PALESTINIAN MUSEUM.

Despite escalating conflict in the region, the new Palestinian Museum will continue construction and should be completed by September 2015, The Art Newspaper reports.

With a cost of $19 million, construction on the Heneghan Peng-designed building began in April 2013 in Birzeit.

The museum’s director, Jack Persekian, admitted that “[t]he current conflict makes coming to the museum building fairly unattractive for everyone.”

With plans for a soft opening in early 2016, the museum is assembling an online multimedia timeline of Palestinian history. Its inaugural exhibition, “Never Part,” will offer “an alternative narrative of the history in modern times,” said Persekian.

He also stressed “that the museum does not consist of a single building in Birzeit: in its essence, the museum is really about the network we are creating between the Palestinian communities here and across the world.”

Read more at the Art Newspaper.

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