The El-Nimer Collection has been over forty years in the making. It is a continuously growing collection with items selected for both aesthetic and historic value. The collection sheds light on the rich and complex evolution of the socio-political history of the region through its cultural and artistic productions. It includes pieces spanning around ten centuries of civilization and hailing from the vast lands that have carried, or interacted with, the legacy of Islamic culture. The Collection’s highlights include manuscripts, coins, ceramics, glass, arms and armor, textiles, woodwork with mother-of-pearl in-lay, metalwork, Christian icons and crosses from Jerusalem, Armenian pottery also from Jerusalem, modern and contemporary Palestinian art as well as Orientalist paintings and drawings. Each year, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture will present thematic exhibitions drawn from the private collection of its founder. The collection will be made public through these exhibitions, which will henceforth be catalogued and digitized for research use.
Born in Nablus, Palestine, Rami El-Nimer’s passion for collecting art began at a young age. His collection embraces a multi-faceted identity, rooted in Palestine, harking back to a time when borders were open and the cultural exchange of art and ideas was unimpeded. His collection has grown to become an act of commemoration and resilience against modern erasure of memory and the distortion of identity. Focused not only on growing his own collection, but on sharing it with the public, Rami founded Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture in 2015 to encourage a healthy discussion around the collection items and to re-imagine a more inclusive and coherent cultural narrative for the region. He has also initiated a corporate art collection for the First National Bank since 2009, and sits on the board of several cultural institutions, among them the Palestinian Museum.
A wide array of Islamic art works from across the Muslim lands, with focus on productions from the Ottoman era. This section of the El-Nimer Collection includes manuscripts, works on paper, arms and armor, tiles, ceramics, numismatics, glass, textiles and decorative arts. One of the highlights in this section is a rare Qur’an hand-written from memory by the West African prince Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (1702 -1773).
2.24 G, GOLD
353 AH / 964 AD
The El-Nimer Collection includes a wide array of sacred works with a focus on objects created in and around the cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Icons, proskynetaria and reliquary crosses as well as textiles, manuscripts, numismatics and decorative arts are all included in this collection. One of its highlights is a rare collection of pottery from Jerusalem’s Armenian workshops as well as a collection of mother-of-pearl shell icons.
H. 63.3 CM X W. 49.6 CM
TEMPERA ON WOOD
MID. 18TH CENTURY AD
An important part of the El-Nimer Collection includes works by European Orientalist artists who have visited, or imagined visiting, the Muslim world of the Levant. This collection includes oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and sketchbooks by prominent artists such as Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, Amadeo Preziosi, Boris Novikoff, Osmond Romieux, etc.
H. 32CM X W. 38CM
WATERCOLOUR ON PAPER
The El-Nimer Collection includes an important collection of modern and contemporary works by the pioneers of the Palestinian arts and culture movement from the early 20th century until present day. These include the works of Ismail Shammout, Ibrahim Ghannam, Amer Shomali, Sliman Mansour, etc.
H. 99CM X W. 147.5CM
OIL ON CANVAS
Jerusalem has been a destination for pilgrims, voyagers and merchants throughout medieval and modern history. Productions of guides and memorabilia to assist and signify visits to the Holy Land make up an important aspect of the El-Nimer Collection. The Pilgrimage and Travel section includes manuscripts, maps, letters, lithographs, photographs, postcards, souvenirs and stereoscopes.
H. 31CM X W. 39CM
by W.H. Bartlett