"Palestine: The Exodus and the Odyssey" is a collection of 19 large murals painted by Ismail and Tamam Shammout from 1997 to 2000. The paintings illustrate, in chronological sequence, the plight of the Palestinian people since the creation of Israel in 1948 - from exodus and destitution to reconstruction, struggle, and reassertion of their rights. It is the artists' impression as witnessed and personally experienced.
The collection starts with the once-upon-a-time "The Spring That Was," featuring idyllic pastoral landscape, smiling peasant women, children, and dancing. Then begins a chronicle of the Palestinian plight; the forceful uprooting from their homes, the long march, the refugees, and the Diaspora, working as professionals in various sectors abroad.