Museum of War

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Tammam Azzam left his home in Damascus at the beginning of the Syrian uprising. Now based in Dubai, he's supporting what he calls the "revolution" with his art, which draws on the works of great European masters -- from da Vinci to Matisse, Goya to Picasso. He digitally lifts iconic images from famous paintings and sets them amid the rubble of Syria's cities to highlight the profound destruction humanity is capable of inflicting. "Klimt's The Kiss shows the love and relationship between people, and I have juxtaposed this with the capacity of hate the regime holds for its people," Azzam says. "When I am able to return to Syria, I will paint this upon the edifices. Perhaps then it may be completed on a different wall. I cannot say whether this one will still be standing."

Above: Based on Gustav Klimt's The Kiss, Douma.


Based on Paul Gauguin's Femmes de Tahiti, Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan.


Based on Francisco Goya's The Third of May 1808, Daraa.


Based on Edvard Munch's The Scream, Deir Ezzor.


Based on Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Homs.


Based on Henri Matisse's Dance (I), Homs.


Based on Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night, Homs.


Based on Andy Warhol's Elvis silk-screens, Homs.


Based on Salvador Dali's Sleep, Idlib. 

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