Prestigious exhibition to present Kurdistan Museum in Geneva, Switzerland
Kurdistan Museum is featuring in a prestigious exhibition about contemporary museum architecture in Geneva which will run from 11 May until 20 August 2017.
The exhibition has been created by the Art Basel Centre at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Geneve (Museum of Art and History), the largest museum in Geneva, which specialises in the history of western culture from ancient times to the present day.
Entitled ‘New Museums: Intentions, Expectations, Challenges’, the exhibition may also be staged at two other, as yet undisclosed, venues.
Kurdistan Museum was designed by the world’s leading memorial architect, Daniel Libeskind. It will be presented in Geneva with an architectural model, photographs, renderings, plans, drawings, sketches and a special film presentation.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) kept its museum project under wraps for eight years before asking Daniel Libeskind to unveil the venture in San Francisco on April 2016 at the Yerba Buena Centre. Construction has been delayed because of the KRG’s involvement in the war against Daesh and its financial support of 2 million refugees and internally displaced people.
‘Architecture is a symbol of identity,’ says Libeskind. ‘And so amidst the destruction of Palmyra and of great ancient places, to build a museum in Erbil is an affirmation of the very opposite. By constructing the present you really are building the future.’
Kurdistan Museum seeks to set the story of the Kurdish people in stone, sharing the Kurdish story with the international community and inspiring open dialogue amongst future generations. The landmark requires a new national archive and a permanent collection, which is being assembled by the Kurdistan Memory Programme, and will chronicle Kurdish history and culture from present day to the 16th century.