Khaled Hourani is a Palestinian artist, curator, and art critic. He is the initiator of the project Picasso in Palestine. He attained a BA in History from Hebron University and was awarded the title of Cultural Management Trainer by Al Mawred Culture Resource and the European Cultural Foundation (Egypt). He has had several solo exhibitions locally and internationally and participates frequently in-group exhibitions. Hourani has curated and organized several exhibitions locally such as the young Artist of the Year Award for the years 2000 and 2002 for the A.M. Qattan Foundation. He was the curator of the Palestinian pavilion for Sao Paolo Biennale, Brazil and the 21st Alexandria Biennale, Egypt. He writes critically in the field of art and is an active member and founder of artistic and administrative boards in a number of cultural and art institutions. Hourani is currently the Arts Director of the International Academy of Art Palestine.
It took two years of preparations and discussions to get from Khaled Hourani’s wonderful idea of bringing a painting of Picasso to Ramallah to the final transport operation that took less than two days. Lot’s of time was spent waiting. We can wait a bit more until one or two states will become a reality, not speculating if any of this solutions is a good one by the way. We can wait until the Arab Spring becomes a Summer, Autumn and Winter and will blow to the West - a place that desperately needs some seasons too. We are, after this project, not too concerned about time, as the dust needs to settle to know what it has achieved or forgot to raise. Writes Els Roelandt in the editorial to this special issue of A Prior: Picasso in Palestine.
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The 22nd edition of A Prior Magazine is dedicated to Picasso in Palestine, an artistic project initiated by Palestinian artist Khaled Hourani (artistic director of the International Academy of Art Palestine) and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In June 2011, Pablo Picasso's iconic work Buste de Femme (1943, part of the Van Abbemuseum collection) undertook a journey from Eindhoven to Ramallah, where it was exhibited for three weeks. Preceding this border-crossing loan agreement were two years of extensive research and negotiations in the legal, artistic and administrative fields.
A Prior has made a critical, multifaceted report of the journey of Picasso’s Buste de Femme to Palestine and back, exposing relations between art, politics and geography along the way - thanks to contributions from more then 15 authors and artists- resulting in a unique 280 full-colour pages edition, brought to you in two languages: English and Arabic.
On the start, initial intentions, process, practical execution and implications of Picasso in Palestine, a project initiated by Palestinian artist, curator and critic, and Arts Director of the International Academy of Art Palestine, in Ramallah. Written by Rasha SaltiRead the article