In­sti­tut du Monde Arabe, Paris Show­ing un­til: 14 Jan­uary 2018

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

De­vel­oped in close as­so­ci­a­tion with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of nu­mer­ous com­mu­ni­ties in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Le­banon, Jor­dan and Pales­tine, and with the help of Oeu­vre d’Ori­ent, Eastern Chris­tians, 2000 years of his­tory in­cludes more than three hun­dred ob­jects, in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous her­itage mas­ter­pieces, some of which have never been shown be­fore in Europe and have been lent for the oc­ca­sion by the com­mu­ni­ties them­selves.

The ex­hi­bi­tion presents, from An­tiq­uity to the present, a jour­ney though the re­li­gious, po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural, and artis­tic his­tory of Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties and ad­dresses the emer­gence in the pa­gan Ro­man Em­pire of a new re­li­gion that would, in the space of three cen­turies, take the place of the an­cient gods.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also shows how the Greek, Cop­tic, Assyr­ian Catholic/ Assyr­ian-Chaldean, Syr­iac, Ar­me­nian, and Ma­ronite Churches were formed, against the back­drop of the found­ing the­o­log­i­cal de­bates. It also con­firms that in spite of all of the vi­cis­si­tudes of an­cient and con­tem­po­rary his­tory, Chris­tians in the Mid­dle East are not resid­ual traces of a de­funct past, but real stake­hold­ers in an Arab world, the con­struc­tion of which they con­trib­uted to enor­mously.

Icon show­ing Saint Simeon Stylites the El­der and Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger Aleppo, Syria, be­fore 1666

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