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    • 04 04 2017palmyra

    Cultures at the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq

    Penn Museum


    Monday April 24th 2017 to Monday November 26th 2018

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      10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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      10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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      10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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    Aleppo. Palmyra. Ebla. These ancient sites and many others in Iraq and Syria have found their way to the top of international news today, as the destruction of cultural heritage becomes both a by-product and a tactic of ongoing war.


    This new exhibition, created in conjunction with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what’s at stake— the rich history of the region and the diversity of its people—and what’s being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity. Fascinating ancient art and artifacts from the Penn Museum’s extensive Near East collection tell stories of the cultures of Syria and Iraq through time. Contemporary artwork from Issam Kourbaj, a Syrian artist based in Cambridge, UK, provides an art intervention—a modern-day response to the artifacts and themes. 


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