Many cultural institutions have remained silent about the ongoing crisis

As the Israel-Hamas war intensifies, with the present focus on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza together with urgent negotiations to free around 220 Israeli hostages, many arts and heritage institutions in Europe and the US are struggling to know how to respond.

The Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris immediately postponed a series of events linked to its exhibition What Palestine Brings to the World (until 19 November)—which have since been rescheduled—while the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London told The Art Newspaper: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in Israel and Palestine.”

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