The Art of Peace

December 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

The Franco-British Sykes-Picot agreements and an original map of 1916 can be seen at Paris’ Petit Palais museum, as part of The Art of Peace exhibition, which focuses both on the art of diplomacy and the intersection between art and diplomacy.

Great Britain and France defined in these secret agreements spheres of control and influence, as they carved out part of the then Ottoman Empire’s Arab provinces, including today’s Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, which will later become known as the Middle East.

“What is really important is the map we show here with these lines in different colours [blue for the French and red for the British] hand-drawn in ink, representing the borders”, the exhibition’s curator, and director of the Petit Palais, said.

Read the full article by Katia Yezli here

The Art of Peace: secrets and treasures of diplomacy can be seen at the Petit Palais museum, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris. The exhibition runs until 15th January 2017.

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