A journey through the Met can sometimes be quite exhausting, with so much art work and text to read, the artists and their identities can blur into one.
This is why in honor of the approaching World Refugee Day on June 20th, the International Rescue Committee and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have come together in an effort to attract attention to the incredible works of art plastered on the walls from refugee artists. Seeing as turmoil around the world isn’t stopping anytime soon, the refugee crisis has reached drastic numbers over the past couple of years. These people fleeing war, impending doom and persecution should be allowed the opportunity to start fresh with a clean slate somewhere new.
What better way to honor their contributions to society and raise awareness for World Refugee Day, than by highlighting amazing artwork (from Max Beckmann, Max Ernst, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Piet Mondrian, Sopheap Pich, and Mark Rothko) within the museum that will be preserved for years to come.
The Met has also cloaked Marc Chagall’s (a refugee from France that was rescued by the IRC) The Lovers, as a symbolic act in order to quite literally show what could be lost if refugees are not given an equal chance to start anew, plant their roots and leave a mark on culture.
The Lovers will be on display for all to admire come tomorrow, just in time for World Refugee Day.