Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq

  • through November 25, 2018
  • Penn Museum, Philadelphia
This exhibition 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. Ancient art and artifacts from the museum's own extensive Near East collection tell stories of Syria and Iraq through time, while 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. The exhibition features the important work being done by the University of Pennsylvania and Smithsonian Institution in conjunction with individuals and groups in the Middle East to help combat the loss of irreplaceable cultural heritage.
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