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Birzeit University Museum Exhibits Late Mustafa Hallaj Works

Thursday
May 23, 2013
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Birzeit University Museum, in cooperation with the Palestinian Art Court - Al Hoash, opened on May 18, 2013 an art exhibition for the late Palestinian artist Mustafa Hallāj (1938-2002), whose work substantially contributed to the emergence of resistance art landmarks.

The exhibition, entitled “Diasporic Meanings,” includes 40 art works by Hallaj displayed in light boxes.

“Through this exhibition,” said museum director Enas Yassin, “we 'seek to document the works and journey of this important Palestinian artist, who spent most of his life in exile, and to shed light on his life as one of the most important pioneers of the Palestinian art movement.” Al Hoash’s Hanan Wakim said that Mustafa Hallaj was one of the first artists developing the form of resistance art landmarks.

His works were confiscated and lost during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.

Hallaj was born in Salame, Jaffa, and was known as “Sheikh Al-Fannanin” or “The Master of Artists.” After the 1948 Nakba, his family moved to Damascus where he completed high school in 1964. He studied sculpture at the College of Fine Arts in Cairo and attended the Luxor Atelier for Postgraduate Studies.

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