Past Disquiet: Artists, International Solidarity, and Museums-in-Exile

The 1970s saw artists, curators, and militants gathering international collections of art, donated by artists, that traveled to established museums, galleries, and community spaces.

These museums-in-exile were intended to incarnate the solidarity of artists with political causes and mobilize a wider public. Past Disquiet explores the histories of three such museums, plumbing the networks of artists who worked together to make them a reality. Starting with the forgotten International Art Exhibition for Palestine, the research uncovered a global map of artists protesting the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile and the apartheid regime in South Africa, and supporting liberation struggles including that of the Palestinian people and the Sandinista revolution.

This publication builds on research undertaken by the editors Kristine Khouri and Rasha Salti in the framework of the exhibition “Past Disquiet.” In 2015 that exhibition was shown at MACBA, in Barcelona; in 2016 at HKW, in Berlin; and in 2018 at MSSA, in Santiago, and the Sursock Museum, in Beirut.

Publication generously supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, HKW, and Zed Grant.


Jérôme Bazin, Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek, Sara Catenacci, Catherine Dossin, Anselm Franke, Kristine Khouri  Rasha Salti, Elodie Lebeau, Anneka Lenssen, Sliman Mansour, Maeda Rei, Toni Maraini, Bartomeu Marí, Katarzyna Matul, Gordon Metz & André Odendaal, Joanna Mytkowska, Nakajima Izumi, Alia Nakhli, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Reem Shilleh & Mohanad, Yaqubi, Vladimir Tamari, Jelena Vesić, Caroll Yasky & Claudia Zaldívar


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