Swords into Plowshares: The Isaiah Scroll and Its Message of Peace
Until August 15, 2008
Summer Art Camps in the Youth Wing
Art Marathon 2008
For children who love art (Hebrew)
Real Time: Art in Israel 1998-2008
Until August 30
Signs of Life: Animating Ticho House
Until September 26
Orphaned Art: Looted Art from the Holocaust in the Israel Museum
Until August 23
The Shrine of the Book
Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period
Youth Wing
Campus Renewal Project

Past Exhibitions

Two Landmark Exhibitions on the Fate of Stolen Art

Underscoring ongoing initiatives to conclude the saga of art and artifacts lost in World War II and the shared significance of this subject for the international museum community, these two exhibitions present works of art that became orphaned during the Nazi era and highlight efforts to reconstruct their history.

Looking for Owners: Custody, Research, and Restitution of Art Stolen in France
during World War II

Closing June 2, 2008

On display in Israel for the first time, fifty-three paintings by major European artists from the collection known as MNR (Musées Nationaux Récupération) from France, including works by Paul Cézanne, Jean- Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Aelbert Cuyp, Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and Claude Monet. Organized jointly by the Museums of France and the Israel Museum, this exhibition focuses on the complex history behind the MNR holdings – which were taken away from France during the Second World War and are held today in custody by the French National Museums – and on the research conducted over the last decade to trace their history of possession and to identify rightful ownership.

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Catalogue in French and English
PlaceWeinstein Gallery, Ruth Youth Wing

The Homes of Others: Video Art and Photography
by Contemporary Israeli Artists

Aya Ben Ron,  Margalith, 2007 Video, 19 mins, Collection of the artist

Seven contemporary Israeli photographers and video artists investigate the emotional echoes heard in vacated homes. In some cases, the inhabitants are gone for good, and the focus is on real or imagined memories that permeate the emotionally charged space. In others, the residents are only away temporarily, and the artists become voyeurs who have “invaded” their living space. The inhabitants’ absence, the intrusion of the camera, and the way in which other people’s homes are simultaneously familiar and alien – all of these contribute to the emotional tension at the core of the show. Added meaning comes from the particular setting: Ticho House, once a private dwelling, now a public space. Featured artists: Aya Ben Ron, Uri Gershuni, Noa Gross, Dana Levy, Ruti Nemet, Pavel Wolberg, and Yuval Yairi.

Place: Ticho House 

Bezalel Students Remember Beloved Childhood Books

Special Exhibit
Participating students in Bezalel's "Text and Image" course, led by illustrator Ora Eytan of the Department of Visual Communications, return to the books they loved as children and examine them from the perspective of young artists. Presented in the exhibition are the books in their original form, shown alongside new interpretations by the students.

Place: Ruth Youth Wing Library

Made in China - The Estella Collection

Made in China - The Estella Collection

In 2001, the Israel Museum organized an exhibition entitled 100 Treasures from China, which spanned six millennia and allowed our visitors a rare opportunity to view cultural masterpieces ranging from Neolithic pottery to sixteenth-century Ming porcelain. Today, with Made in China, we are pleased to display nearly one hundred works by some sixty artists from one of the world’s largest collections of contemporary Chinese art, the Estella Collection. Thus the ongoing interest of the Museum in the culture of this ancient nation has culminated in a presentation of the most recent chapter in the history of Chinese art.

Comprising painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, and works on paper, the exhibition offers an insight into the many currents that are energizing Chinese art today and provides an introduction to a visual culture that is making its way, at lightening speed, to a prominent position on the international art scene. And just as contemporary art from China has recently attracted great interest in the West, Chinese artists have been making skillful use of media, techniques, and forms of expression that were developed outside their country. At the same time, specifically Chinese roots – pre-modern tradition on the one hand, and the Socialist Realism prescribed by the Communist Party until the late 1970s on the other– are still evident in many of the artists’ works. Classical subjects such as landscape painting have given rise to contemporary images of nature that differ from those we know in other cultures. A technique rich in tradition, like ink-wash painting, is introduced into experimental and challenging frameworks, so that today Chinese characters are drawn on the human body and the calligraphic symbol is developed into a pure abstraction.

The breakthrough of contemporary Chinese art reflects both the globalization of art and the creative strength of a country that is being dramatically transformed and will play a preeminent role in many spheres as the twenty-first century unfolds.

The exhibition has been organized by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. 
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Made in China - The Estella Collection

Made in China - The Estella Collection

Made in China - The Estella Collection

Made in China - The Estella Collection Made in China - The Estella Collection Made in China - The Estella Collection

Made in China - The Estella Collection Made in China - The Estella Collection

Made in China - The Estella Collection


A Room of Her Own: Portraits of Women from the Israel Museum Collection


In A Room of Her Own, it is modern woman, distanced from the traditional mythological or religious contexts of art history, who occupies the spotlight. The Israel Museum’s rich holdings in modern and contemporary art contain exquisite examples of painting, photography, drawing, and sculpture that underscore the diversity of woman’s image from the late nineteenth century on. A major inspiration for the exhibition is its setting: Ticho House in the center of Jerusalem, where Anna Ticho lived for many years, creating her highly personal, expressive paintings and welcoming the city’s artists and intellectuals. This exhibition focusing on women thus relates organically to both the artistic history and the domestic ambience of Anna Ticho’s own rooms. Women are seen in vibrant portraits and in the serene poses of everyday life, in a broad range of perceptions that testify to the changes their image has undergone for more than a century.

The exhibition presents paintings, sculptures and drawings by the most celebrated artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as contemporary works by artists such as Cindy Sherman and Paloma Varga Weisz. A Room of Her Own marks the first exhibition in Israel of Pablo Picasso's The Seamstress (1906) and Chaim Soutine's Young Girl in Red (1928).

Place: Ticho House
9 HaRav Kook Street
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Water in Art and Life

Water is the source of all living things. It covers most of the Earth's surface, falls from the sky, gushes from beneath the ground, mists the air, and constitutes an essential part of the bodies of all living creatures. A basic condition for human society, water defines the borders of the world's cultures. Sanctifying, purifying, healing, and refreshing, it embodies the very flow of life, but it also harbors unpredictable, destructive forces. Even though water has no color, taste, or smell, we witness its power in roaring waterfalls, tranquil pools, stormy seas, and in the drizzle of the rain. In this Youth Wing exhibition, water is presented through the eyes of Israeli and international artists, who use it as a form of expression and as a tool with which to explore environmental, social, and personal issues. Featuring interactive installations, video works and photography, objects from the Museum's collections, and research and activity corners that broaden our knowledge and expand our understanding of water.
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Place: Ruth Youth Wing


Yemima Ergas: Hidden Cities

A new series of drawings by artist Yemima Ergas depicts fantastical cityscapes reminiscent of the majestic Modernist architecture of the early twentieth century. In the delicate pencil and charcoal drawings we see bridges, public buildings, factoriedenes, and stadiums, but a longer look reveals that it is all a fiction – we are in fact looking at discarded computer motherboards.

Place: Ticho House
9 HaRav Kook Street

One and All: An exhibition in conjunction with the Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design

The individual and his or her role in society are explored in the works of artists who reached the final stage of the competition of the Adi Foundation for Jewish Expression in Art and Design, and in the works of other artists. More than twenty artists examine the importance of community in Judaism, the meaning of the concept of "mending" (tikkun olam) in modern society, and other aspects of "One and All" in painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, video, and contemporary design.
Place:  The Artists' House

Dream Makers: Design Meets Technology

Jerusalem, January 16X, 2007 - The Israel Museum presents Dream Makers: Design Meets Technology, an exhibition that explores how design concepts may be transformed into actual objects through use of a rapid prototyping three-dimensional printer. The first exhibition of its kind, Dream Makers brings together the creative energies of 73 Israeli designers commissioned to use this innovative technology in their work. The exhibition, curated by Alex Ward, the Museum’s curator of Design and Architecture, remains on view through June 30, 2007.
Dream Makers portrays a visual journey from the virtual to the physical: from the initial computer design of an object through its transformation to a final prototype. Objects on view are first created and developed as a three-dimensional computer file, then “printed” using the state-of-the-art three-dimensional jet printer developed by Objet Geometries, which builds each form layer by layer until it is complete. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the future, when this technology may be available in the domestic domain, and consumers will be able to download product design files from the Internet and print them at home.
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Telling a Book by Its Cover: Bina Gewirtz, Book Jackets

In fifty years of illustration, Bina Gewirtz-Shteklis has illustrated more than 300 books, including books for the very young, Hebrew textbooks, world literature translated into Hebrew, and locally written children's literature about historical events and biblical heroes.
Shown in the exhibition is a selection of her original book jacket drawings, from as early as the 1930s, donated by the artist.

Michal Helfman: Just Be Good to Me

Addressing the transition between childhood and adulthood, motherhood, and the
representations of femininity, Michal Helfman
explores the blurring of boundaries between
inside and outside, between consciousness
and the unconscious, and between law
and order and wild, self-destructive abandon. The artist seems to be inviting the viewer to an "initiation rite" marking the passage from a constrained existence to one that is free. In fact, however, we are taken on a fragmented journey devoid of elevation, in which uncertainty and terror ultimately dominate security and innocence. The installation,
which combines video, sculpture, and drawing, is personal and intimate
while also evoking a collective experience, with references to art history,
theater, cinema, and dance.
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Out of North Africa: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Gérard Lévy Collection in the Israel Museum

Photography expert Gérard Lévy assembled many years ago a rare and unique collection of over 300 vintage ethnographic photographs documenting all aspects of Jewish life in North African countries, all taken between 1880 and 1910. The Israel Museum was most fortunate to become the recipient of this important corpus, which is not only an invaluable addition to its photography and ethnography collections but has also become a major tool of historical research. Thematically related to Eden – East and West, an exhibition that explores views of the East in ninetheenth-century art, this celebratory exhibition features a large numbers of photographs as well as ethnic artifacts from the Museum's extensive collections, and provides a rare glimpse into a world and culture in the process of vanishing.

Eden – East and West: Art in the 19th Century

In the nineteenth century, the Middle East and the Land of Israel were an important locus of Western longing, curiosity, fantasy, and apprehension of the Other, and these feelings were articulated visually by many artists and artisans of the time. European painters and photographers visited scriptural sites that held profound religious significance for them, producing portrayals of the local landscape and population suffused with sanctity. At the same time, their work shows that the Orient was a place of fantasy – vibrant, colorful, exotic, and more than a little erotic. Depictions of the Land of Israel were also a subject in Jewish art and ritual objects, and at the turn of the century visual expressions of the yearning for Zion assumed Orientalist dimensions as part of the Zionist enterprise, as seen in the work of the Bezalel School and the pre-State artists. This interdisciplinary exhibition explores the ideas, emotions, and images that emerged from the encounter of different worldviews and artistic traditions, through works from a broad variety of fields represented in the Museum’s encyclopedic collections: European, Israeli, and Islamic art, sculpture, graphic art, early photography, Judaica, and ethnography.
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Landscape of Longing: Avraham Ofek's Early and Late Works

Avraham Ofek's early paintings contained portrayals of landscape that were at once lyrical and rugged; later in his career, most depictions of the landscape appeared as undefined and receded into the background. Near the end of his life, however, the actual landscape of Jerusalem returned to assume an important role in Ofek's work, this time embodied in images that reflect the loss and despair that engulfed the artist. Many of Ofek's landscapes are laden with a sense of alienation and solitude, as well as nostalgia for the city of his birth, Sofia. The exhibition features some seventy paintings and drawings, and focuses on the artist's early landscapes of the 1950s and their relationship to those painted closer to the time of his death in 1990.

Surrealism and Beyond in the Israel Museum

Marvelous Juxtapositions, Automatism, Biomorphism and Metamorphosis, Dreamscapes and Desire are key subjects in Dada and Surrealism, two revolutionary art movements of the twentieth century. In this exhibition, they are represented in painting, sculpture, photography, collage, readymade, and film. Featuring works by Ernst, Arp, Schwitters, Duchamp, Man Ray, Magritte, Dalí, Miró, Tanguy, Delvaux, and many others, the exhibition draws from the Museum's rich collection in this field, and includes works by later artists influenced by the movements' fundamental ideas – among them a commissioned installation by Mark Dion – reflecting the relevance of Dada and Surrealism in the art of today. In all, the exhibition presents some 300 works donated by friends of the Museum, including numerous gifts from the Vera and Arturo Schwarz collection.
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Nahum Tevet: Works, 1994–2006

The largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date featuring the work of leading Israeli artist Nahum Tevet. Tevet's sculpted works speak their own enduring language, reflecting an ongoing relationship with avant garde sculpture and an acute awareness of the connections between sculpture and modern architecture, while incorporating images bound to the history and sociology of Israeli culture. Over the last thirty years, his unique method has achieved international recognition and has also influenced many younger Israeli artists. This exhibition focuses on the latest chapter in his oeuvre: sculptural environments from 1994 to the present, including the monumental Seven Walks and Several Things, which has only just now been completed. Also on display are earlier works by Tevet, mainly from the 1970s, which provide a kind of formal glossary for the later works.

Engagement: Israeli Photography Now

In a place and time where the past and the present, the personal and the political become inseparable, these works combine the universal artistic/photographic vernacular with the local/national/cultural. Their art presents a unique personal vision of the artists’ concerns and bears witness to their engagement to improve both the reality and the image of their homeland. Their contribution is not only to photography or the arts, but to the articulation of Israeli culture itself.
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Comeback: New Works by Hadas Ophrat

Five installations by multidisciplinary artist Hadas Ophrat combining sculptural elements with video and sound. The works deal with cycles, contrasts and reconciliations between extremes, and processes of birth and death. All combine a component of absolute order with a powerful emotional and physical element. The central images – gardens, seeds, spice boxes, female portraits, orchids – are arrayed around the figure of the artist, who appears in the videos, but is also alluded to in the myrtle leaves (hadas in Hebrew) that decorate the garden and are carved in the spiceboxes. The myrtle leaves become the exhibition's "skin," as well as a metaphor for the artist's physical presence in the very spirit and soul of the artwork.

Highlights of the Israeli Art Collection

A selection of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the Museum's collection of Israeli art – from the Bezalel School to the present. Featured artists include Nahum Gutman, Mordecai Ardon, Yosef Zaritsky, Raffi Lavie, Lea Nikel, Moshe Kupferman, Michael Gross, Arie Aroch, Itzhak Danziger, Sigalit Landau, and Aram Gershuni.

Age of Innocence

Portraying Children in the European Tradition” explores depictions of childhood in some 40 works of art, dating from the 15th century through the present day. The works, which are primarily drawn from the Israel Museum’s own collection, reflect the evolving roles of children in European culture and the sociological changes in attitude toward children over the last five centuries.
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The Disenchanted Forest: Nogah Engler and Orit Hofshi

Nogah Engler and Orit Hofshi's very different personal renditions of "the forest" bring to light aspects of an almost primal and ambivalent relationship with the forest rooted in traditional European folktales, eyewitness accounts from World War II, and collective memory. The works in the exhibition - pencil and ink drawings, oil paintings, woodcut prints, and carved woodblocks - reveal images of forests that are at once real and fantastic, enchanting and menacing.

Prophets and Visionaries: Reuven Rubin's Early Years: 1914 - 23
Jerusalem, November 8, 2006 - The Israel Museum presents Prophets and Visionaries: Reuven Rubin's Early Years: 1914-23, an exhibition that offers the public an unprecedented opportunity to study works from the hitherto largely unexplored early years of Israel's artistic icon Reuven Rubin (1893-1974). The exhibition illuminates the early period of Rubin's work, from 1914 when he lived and worked in Romania through his very first works in Palestine in 1923. On view from November 16, 2006, through June 30, 2007, Prophets and Visionaries features some 50 works by Rubin, from collections in Israel and abroad and from the collection of the Israel Museum, highlighting a number of works, that are on display for the first time.

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News: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

First showing of new acquisitions in the Museum's collections of contemporary international and Israeli art. The exhibition includes works by Zvi Goldstein, Sigalit Landau, Erez Israeli, Michael Borremans, Leandro Erlich, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Jesper Just, Cao Fei, Angela Strassheim, and many others. 
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Talking Heads: Portraits and Texts from the Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art
In homage to the renowned art collector Arturo Schwarz, who donated his collection to the Museum in the 1990s, publications and writings chosen from among the treasures in his library are displayed alongside portraits of prominent figures in the Dada and Surrealism movements. In addition to presenting the book as a work of art, the exhibition reveals something of the revolutionary and pioneering spirit of the writings and their authors.

Portfolios: From the Gottesman Etching Center, Kibbutz Cabri
Eighteen artists' portfolios, comprising etchings of the highest caliber, set new standards for artistic printmaking in Israel. Each album of twelve works presents a reflection of its maker, and all have in common a strong sense of the artist's Israeli identity. Also presented is a portfolio of etchings created during a special workshop conducted by American printmaker Jim Dine in 2000. The exhibition features works by Deganit Berest, Michal Goldman, Dina Kahana-Gueler, Asaf Ben Zvi, Yehiel Shemi, Ofer Lellouche, Jan Rauchwerger, Zadok Ben David, Yigal Ozeri, Alex Kremer, Philip Rantzer, Sharon Poliakine, Sigalit Landau, Micha Ullman, Dani Karavan, Menashe Kadishman, Noemi Smilansky, Elie Abrahami, Hila Lulu Lin, and Jim Dine.

Other Rooms, Other Voices: Contemporary Art from the FRAC Collections
Inspired by the European Wunderkammer of the 16th and 17th centuries, this exhibition is conceived as a labyrinthine journey through chambers of wonders filled with installations and sculptures by 30 French and international artists from the FRAC collections, a treasure trove of thousands of diverse works and viewpoints. FRAC (Fonds Regionaux d'Art Contemporain) is a unique French institution, developed 23 years ago with the goal of broadening the visibility of contemporary art throughout France.

The Divine Image: Depicting God in Jewish and Israeli Art
The urge to depict God and, conversely, the biblical prohibition against it have accompanied Jewish artists throughout the generations, as has the difficulty of portraying an abstract and incomprehensible being. The works in this exhibition reflect the diverse methods of representing God, and the artists' struggle with the challenge of describing the indescribable. Ceremonial objects, manuscripts, printed books and haggadot, most of which are from the Museum's Judaica and Ethnography collections, are presented next to works by El Lissitzky, Marc Chagall, Mark Rothko, Michal Na'aman, and others.
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Handmade: Zik Group, the First Twenty Years
Founded in 1985, the Jerusalem-based Zik Group defies definition, drawing freely on a wide range of media including theater, music, art, architecture, design, and film. From interdisciplinary performances to site-specific sculptures and installations, Zik's activities have made the group a unique phenomenon in the local cultural scene. The exhibition will premier a new work by the group, accompanied by a multimedia presentation of their activities over the past 20 years, objects from past performances, and demonstrations of the group's work process through models, sketchbooks, and films.

Beyond Time: Photographs from the Gary B. Sokol Collection
Through a selection of about 150 photographs from his extensive collection of 19th- and 20thcentury modernism, renowned collector Gary Sokol shares with the Israeli audience his vision and taste in photography.

The Israel Museum Ben-Yitzhak Award for the Illustration of a Children’s Book, 2006

Exhibition of Winning Illustrators
Original works from books that earned their illustrators an honorable mention in this year’s Ben-Yitzhak Award. Also shown are portraits of the illustrators photographed by Tzur Kotzer, and letters in which the illustrators describe themselves and their work with word and line.

Bread: Daily and Divine

Bread, that basic staple of daily life, harbors a multitude of meanings of which we are often unaware. Yet the making of bread is a kind of ever-recurring miracle. More than anything else, bread symbolizes the dawn of civilization, since its production requires experience with agricultural crops and the creation of special tools. Featuring many kinds of bread whose shapes carry symbolic significance – popular, religious, social, or political – for the three monotheistic religions in Israel, the exhibition presents the role of bread in life-cycle ceremonies and its significance in religious rituals and in the political sphere, as well as offering a glimpse into the world of bakers and tracing the entire process of bread making, from seed to loaf.
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Tracing Shadows
The unexpected shapes of shadows and the mysterious ways in which they shift and transform themselves have challenged artists from various fields to capture the subject in their works. The place of shadow and silhouette in contemporary art is at the focus of this exhibition, in which visitors can experience them in various environments – creating with their bodies different shadow shapes, which are recorded and continue to flicker on a screen; taking a walk in a "Magic Forest," where their presence activates sensors that produce animal sounds and images; exploring a desert environment, in which the position of the sun can be adjusted to make shadows longer or shorter according to the time of day. All these and more offer visitors of all ages a chance to experience, activate, and marvel at shadow's many faces.
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Gal Weinstein: Cross-Sections
Gal Weinstein raises questions about geophysical aspects of Jerusalem through an installation that is a kind of cross-section of a fracture in the earth's crust. The threedimensional sculpture is based on a textbook illustration that explains the geological phenomenon, but the transition from page to gallery space transforms the didactic image and endows it with significance that goes beyond the purely physical context.

Special Holiday Exhibition: Seder Night

At the seder table, the participants of the Passover meal read the Haggadah, which relates the story of the Jewish people's deliverance from bondage, and partake of traditional dishes served in ceremonial tableware symbolizing the inherent values of the Passover feast. In installations created specifically for this exhibition, artists offer their interpretations of the seder table using a surprising variety of shapes and materials. Alongside these, a display of selected items from the Museum's collections presents some of the utensils and objects created for the holiday table over centuries of Jewish tradition.

"Mini Israel" - 70 Models, 45 Artists, One Space

In a single, undivided space, artist Larry Abramson brings together works by over forty Israeli artists of diverse ages and backgrounds, with one thing in common: their choice to create, each in his or her different way, a model of reality. The exhibition resonates with utopian models from far and near, as well as with models that have become central to Israel's leisure culture, such as the Second Temple model from the Holyland Hotel (currently being relocated to the Israel Museum) and the new Mini Israel model located near Latrun. The exhibition aims to unravel the illusion of a uniform, homogeneous Israeli order, and to propose in its stead a heterogeneous space of difference, plurality, and simultaneity.

Etty Abergel, Orit Adar Bechar, Raida Adon, Sarah Auslander & Jonathan Hopp, Yochai Avrahami, Guy Ben-Ner , Einat Best, Joshua Borkovsky, Ravit Cohen Gat & Moshe Gerstel, Drora Dominey, Hanna Fouad Farah, Haimi Fenichel, Gideon Gechtman , Shira Gepstien, Gali Grinspan, Penny Hes Yassour, Erez Israeli, Jack Jano, Hadas Kedar, Yaron Leshem, Vered Levi, Peter Jacob Maltz ,Uriel Miron, Ravit Mishli, Ruti Nemet, Jonathan Ofek, Adam Rabinowitz, Philip Rantzer, Yael Robin, Sarit Rozen, Yanay Sapir, Joshua Simon, Yehudit Sasportas, Maayan Strauss ,Shaul Tzemach, Lior Waterman & Ruti Sela ,Gal Weinstein ,Yoav Weiss, Nadav Weissman, Dmitry Yuzefovich, Shira Zelwer

Irit Hemmo and Yoav Efrati at Ticho House
This exhibition is the result of an ngoing iscussion between Hemmo, whose drawings are restrained and technically precise, and Efrati, who works in an expressive style directly upon the walls of the gallery. The meeting between the two is an exploration of the boundaries of drawing and the artists' affinity to architecture.

Prizes in Art from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport: 2005

A selection of works by this year's Ministry prize winners in four categories: the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport Prize; the Prize to Encourage Creativity; the Prize for a Young Artist; and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Featuring paintings, photographs, installations, video works, and sculptures, the exhibition reflects the rich variety, outstanding quality, and thought-provoking topics that characterize contemporary Israeli art. A section of the exhibition is devoted to Pinchas Cohen Gan, first laureate of the new Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Enlightened One: Buddhist Art in the Israel Museum Collection
Spanning a period of over 2,000 years, the works on display range from the earliest representations of Buddha and his attendants in India to later forms developed in China and Japan. Along with the various Buddhas, deities, and sages, Tibetan ritual objects are also on display. Together, the works – some of which are shown to the public for the first time – convey the many facets of Buddhist art, its multiple meanings, and its visual richness.

LOVE in European Art from the Collection

The Classical figure of Venus, the Goddess of Love, and her companions are central characters in the treatment of love in European art and tradition. This passionate topic is explored through the Museum's European art collection – from the 14th century to the present day – with paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and collages. Including works by Francisco de Goya, Auguste Rodin, and Peter Paul Rubens.
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All That's Not Me: Kimiko Yoshida, Photographs
Born in Tokyo and residing in Paris, Kimiko Yoshida worked for a month in the Museum's collections, using a multitude of artifacts to create enigmatic self-portraits in which she serves as a supporting prop rather than the central subject. Simultaneously vulnerable and inaccessible, she maintains a precarious balance between reality and fantasy, paradoxically combining self-obliteration with the exile's perennial quest for roots and identity.
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Far and Away: The Fantasy of Japan in Contemporary Israeli Art

This exhibition explores the phenomenon of “Japanism” in contemporary Israeli art via a selection of recent works that are notable for their striking Japanese influence. The artists’ choice of such a foreign, remote culture and such seemingly alien images raises the questions: why Japan, and why just now? Their visibly Japanese sources run the gamut from traditional fine arts to pop culture (mainly manga comics and animé animation). Among the pseudo-Japanese images, we find an exquisite cherry tree in full bloom alongside a cute comic image of an atomic bomb. The featured artists: Aya Ben Ron, Zoya Cherkassky, Roi Kuper, Hila Lulu Lin, Yehudit Matzkel, Doron Rabina, Roee Rosen, Yehudit Sasportas, Tal Shochat, Eliezer Sonnenschein

The Botanist's Brush: Shmuel Charuvi's Drawings for the Hareuveni Floral Treasury of the Land of Israel
Between 1923 and 1927, the painter Shmuel Charuvi worked for the botanist Ephraim Hareuveni, producing exquisite drawings for a planned botanical encyclopedia of the Land of Israel. Under the guidance of Ephraim and his wife, Hannah, Charuvi reproduced the land’s plant life, demonstrating a technique perhaps unparalleled among the artists of his generation and penetrating powers of observation. Although the treasury never saw the light of day, more than 35 watercolors were preserved intact by the Hareuveni family. Their discovery and the recognition of their exceptional artistic quality led to the decision to present them to the public, along with documents and photographs from the Hareuveni estate that shed light on this fascinating artistic, scientific, and cultural endeavor.

Chimu: Imperial Riches from the Desert of Peru

Offering a portrait of daily life and aristocratic splendor in the capital city of Chan Chan, this exhibition is devoted to the Chimu civilization of Peru (1100–1470 CE), the largest empire to control the Andean desert coast before the rise of the Incas. The Chimu’s artistry is manifest in more than 200 objects from the Israel Museum’s rich holdings and from private collections: gold and silver works, textiles and featherwork, shell jewelry, and ceramics. Highlighted is a rare collection of burial offerings from the tomb of a Chimu lord. The exhibition also includes magnificent examples of the art and culture of the neighboring Lambayeque and Chancay peoples, who were conquered by the Chimu. This is the first comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Chimu culture. 
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Boris Schatz, the Father of Israeli Art

Visionary and man of action, the Russian-born Jewish sculptor Boris Schatz (1867–1932) was responsible for the realization of the early Zionist movement’s most ambitious cultural project: in 1906 he founded the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem, today the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and laid the basis for the Bezalel National Museum, the forerunner of the Israel Museum. The exhibition, which inaugurates the celebration of Bezalel’s Centenary, presents paintings and sculptures by Schatz: works he created while serving as court artist to the Prince of Bulgaria at the turn of the century, on display in Israel for the first time; depictions of scriptural heroes and of contemporary Jewish life; and portraits of prominent figures. It also highlights some of the most important works created in the Bezalel workshops during Schatz’s time. A retrospective exhibition of the work of Boris’s son, the painter, sculptor, and graphic designer Bezalel Schatz, who made a seminal contribution to the decorative arts in Israel, will open at the Jerusalem Artists’ House on January 28.
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Rising Sun, Melting Moon: Contemporary Art in Japan
A major exhibition including new site-specific works and featuring prominent Japanese artists of different generations. These artists address both universal and specifically Japanese issues, in ways that are at times intimate, at times replete with a social criticism that employs – often with bittersweet humor – cultural icons, childhood heroes, manga, and animé. Quoting traditional Japanese masterpieces and popular Western and Japanese culture, and representing a wide variety of media – sculpture, painting, photography, animation, video, and installation – many of the works break down the barriers between genres. Traditional Japanese prints will also be presented alongside to spark an internal dialogue between old and new. Among the eighteen artists are Yoshitomo Nara, Nobuyoshi Araki, Yasumasa Morimura, Yoshihiro Suda, Tabaimo, and Chiho Oshima.
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Rome to Jerusalem: Four Jewish Masterpieces from the Vatican Library
Four of the most important illuminated Hebrew manuscripts in the collection of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana are exhibited for the first time in Israel, as part of the series of Timeless Masterpieces on loan from sister institutions in honor of the Israel Museum’s 40th Anniversary. A magnificently illustrated 15th-century manuscript of Moses Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah testifies to the reverence of later generations for this 12th- century thinker and his codification of Jewish law. A contemporaneous manuscript of Jacob ben Asher’s famous medieval legal text, the Arba‘ah Turim, also features lavish illustrations in Renaissance style. The realistic depictions in these two 15th-century North Italian manuscripts shed light on Jewish customs at the time – from rabbinic courts to wedding ceremonies and holiday celebrations. A complete Hebrew Bible codex and a book of Psalms, both produced in Rome in the 13th century, are among the earliest such manuscripts in existence. They are decorated with exquisite, colorful floral and zoomorphic motifs illuminated in gold.

Design for Thought: Contemporary Product Design from Britain
Today London – perhaps even more than centers like Milan and New York – is a hothouse of young, creative design. This exhibition highlights the growing call for a critical approach to design practice, demonstrated in different ways in two adjoining sections: “Found/Made/Thought: The Work of Industrial Facility,” presenting the output of the London-based studio founded by industrial designer Sam Hecht and architect Kim Colin; and “PopNoir: Critical Designs Selected by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby,” featuring works by the latest generation of London-trained designers. The display ranges from products created within the constraints of commercial considerations to design ideas that represent a radical departure from existing practice, suggesting a future in which consumers will demand something more substantial than style and will seek out products that address genuine fears and needs.
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Francis Alÿs: The Green Line
This year Francis Alÿs came to Jerusalem under the auspices of the Museum’s Lindy and Ed Bergman Visiting Artists Program to give new meaning to the political/ poetic act of walking, which he has performed many times in different contexts and locations. During several trips to Jerusalem, Alÿs carried a leaking can of green paint along the border that Moshe Dayan marked on a map of the city in 1948. The film of this act, together with Alÿs’s interviews with Israelis and Palestinians, will be screened in the exhibition.

Beauty and the Book
Books have long been the cornerstone of culture. This exhibition captures the magic, enjoyment, and imaginative power of books, in their many forms – from medieval manuscripts to the latest publications: rare books, artists' books, sacred books, children's books that connect us to our deepest memories, and books that inspire philosophical questions. Books and the act of reading are presented in painting, photography, and sculpture, and in interactive environments. The exhibition also features corners where readers of all ages can leaf through books, old and new, in surroundings that range from workroom and coffee house to a computer screen and even a railway carriage.

Weinstein Gallery, Beningson Gallery, Ruth Youth Wing 
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From Far and Wide: A Taste of the Lejwa Collection
Together with her husband Arthur, Madeleine Lejwa ran the Galerie Chalette in New York from 1954 to 1976 and was an avid collector of 20thcentury art. She bequeathed their collection of over 300 works of art to the Israel Museum. Spanning cultures both geographically and chronologically distant, the Lejwa Collection ranges from antiquities dating from the mid-3rd millennium BCE to Precolumbian art and Peruvian Colonial painting, from African and Oceanic art to 20th century Cubist and Constructivist works.

Camera Sacra: Capturing the Soul of Nature
A survey of landscape photography from 1839 to the present, focusing on the works of artists who sought to render not only a likeness of a particular view but also the sense of power and mystery that resides in nature. The works on view convey the idea of communion with nature as a spiritual experience, and range from images that address the mythical and magic attributes of nature from a mystical or cultic point of view to those that express the more contemporary worship of nature from an ecological perspective. Most of the works are from the Museum's collection, supplemented by photographs on loan from Gérard Lévy, Paris, and Gary Sokol, San Francisco.

Rena (Fisch) and Robert Lewin Gallery; Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Gallery; Hildegard and Simon Rothschild (Switzerland) Foundation Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building
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Vanishing Point: Hidden Beauty in Contemporary Art
Throughout the modern history of Western art, artists have turned to non-objectivity, immateriality, and formlessness in order to capture the concept of the infinite. This exhibition examines the various ways in which the participating artists use the idea of absence, void, or reduction in order to grasp the intangible and touch the sublime. The display, drawn mainly from the Museum's collection, features such new acquisitions as Olafur Eliasson's Your Activity Horizon, Mark Wallinger's Via Dolorosa, and Catherine Opie's Surfer #6.

Judy and Michael Steinhardt Gallery; Helen and Jack Nash Gallery; Sheila and Nahum Gelber Gallery; Maureen and Marshall Cogan Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building
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Wilson and Wilson in the Holy Land: Stereographs and Engravings, 1882
The Englishman Charles Wilson and the American Edward Wilson meet for the first time, at Ticho House. In 1882, Charles Wilson's wellknown book of engravings of the Holy Land, Picturesque Palestine, and Edward Wilson's stereographs of many of the same scenes were published on the two sides of the Atlantic. In this exhibition of works from the collection of Dan Kyram, Jerusalem, their vintage images of holy places and other scenes are shown side-by-side.

The Beauty of Sanctity: Masterworks from Every Age
The central exhibition of the "Beauty and Sanctity" series showcases a selection of important masterpieces from the various areas of the Museum’s collections. Within the fascinating context of sanctity and beauty, these pieces, each of which possesses great artistic and historical value, produce innovative and surprising encounters. The exhibition emphasizes the richness of the Museum’s collections, presenting a wide spectrum of discourses and relations between works, schools, and eras.
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Sacred Beauty: Treasures of Judaica and Jewish Ethnography
Featuring such treasures as a medieval haggadah, an Esther Scroll, a German Torah ark curtain, and unique items of costume and jewelry, this exhibition highlights acquisitions and long-term loans recently added to the Judaica and Jewish Ethnography Wing. The objects on view span a period from the 15th to the 20th century and come from both Eastern and Western Jewish communities.
Individually, each of these pieces reflects a different aspect of Jewish life; together, they reveal the richness and variety of Jewish art. Selected items from a newly arrived collection of rare Bezalel School artifacts from 1906 to 1929 are also on view, including souvenirs, Judaica, colorful carpets, and plaques depicting scenes from the lives of the Zionist pioneers.

Judith and William Margulies Exhibition Gallery
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Beyond the Eye of the Beholder: Ideals of Human Beauty in Africa and the Americas

Ideals of beauty vary across different
cultures. In Africa and the Americas, corporal metamorphosis is conceived as drawing the human body out of its original biological state and elevating it to the realm of the spiritual. Body art, including painting, tattooing, piercing, and scarification as well as cranial modeling and dental filing, is considered beautiful and plays an important role in a wide range of ceremonies. It can convey a person's religious faith, social status, or special accomplishments, encoding memories, desires, and life histories. This exhibition examines concepts of beauty and the traditions of body modification through the display of artworks spanning a period from 1300 BCE to the 20th century.

The Trixie and Serge Landeau Gallery, Albert and Mimi Piltzer Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building
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An Exhibition in Conjunction with the Adi Foundantion Project on "Light and Matter"
The concept of light and its various visual representations are at the center of this exhibition, which presents works that reached the finals of the Adi Competition for Jewish Expression in Art and Design. Each artist deals with light in a unique way, treating it not only as illumination, but also as an independent entity with symbolic,
emotional, and spiritual qualities. Some of the artists use light as an
actual material, integrating it within their work, while others depict light
through painting, sculpture, and photography.

Merzbacher Galleries for Israeli Art
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Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: Saints in European Art

A display of works depicting scenes from the New Testament and the lives of Christian saints, exploring the subject of sainthood and its visual representation. The exhibition presents a variety of Dutch, Italian, and Spanish paintings and French sculptures as well as revealing aspects of the process of collection and research undertaken by the Department of European Art. The centerpiece of the exhibition is The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew, 1618, by the Spanish Baroque master Jusepe de Ribera, which was recently donated to the Israel Museum. From 31.

Della and Fred S. Worms OBE Gallery
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West Meets East: The Story of the Rockefeller Museum
The special story of the Rockefeller Museum, designed in the 1930s by British architect Austen St. Barbe Harrison, whose works constitute a fascinating encounter between East and West. The exhibition features a rare collection of photographs from the early days of the Museum until the present, as well as a model of the Museum produced by Harrison himself.
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Traces II – Contemporary Drawing in Israel: Aviva Uri

This exhibition focuses on landscapes by Aviva Uri and is part of the Biennale for drawing being held at a number of locations throughout Jerusalem. This collection of works on paper ranges from pencil drawings to complex mixed media works including pen, ink, pastels, and collage. The exhibition explores the connection between Aviva Uri, whose expressive landscapes are based on the internal workings of her mind, and Anna Ticho, who in later years drew from memory, creating her own personal landscapes.

Michael Sgan-Cohen : A Retrospective
Michael Sgan-Cohen’s oeuvre touches on different aspects of the Israeli experience and the Hebrew language,as well as expressing a strong biblical connection.Together with his vast knowledge of contemporary art, particularly American,these elements form an intriguing and multilayered body of work.The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of Sgan-Cohen’s art from the 1970s until his untimely death in 1999,at the age of fifty-five.The full range of his output is displayed,including Bible copying,large-scale paintings of biblical and other figures,self-portraits, maps,three-dimensional pieces,and abundant sketchbooks.The catalogue traces Sgan-Cohen’s artistic origins,his engagement with the Bible,and his interest in the connection between word and image

Splendors of Imperial Japan: Meiji Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection
Exquisite beauty and unrivaled artistry go hand in hand in this exhibition of 80 pieces on loan from the Khalili Collection, London.
These works, the creations of Japanese master craftsmen of the Meiji Period (1868–1912), include life-size bronzes inlaid with gold and silver, delicate enamels, and lacquer works of the finest quality and detail.
Made during the pivotal period of Japan’s transformation into a modern, industrial society, these decorative works were intended for an eager Western public, who marveled at their exotic subjects and elaborate detail.
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Japanese Pleasures: Actors and Courtesans in Woodcuts from the Pins Collection
The glamorous world of elegant courtesans and actors of the Kabuki Theater is vividly depicted in this exhibition of 50 ukiyo-e – pictures from the “Floating World,” a style that developed in 17th-century Japan. These images afford the viewer a glimpse into the luxury and drama of the Yoshiwara, the pleasure quarter of the capital Edo, where wealth could buy entertainment.
The works are from the collection of Prof. Jacob Pins, Jerusalem, which was gifted to the Museum in 2001.
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New Exposures: Recent Acquisitions in Photography

A selection of photographs focusing on works added to the Museum’s collection in the past two years. These works, which date from the 19th century to the present, include photographs by Israeli as well as international artists.

FUSION: Architecture + Design in Japan
The many faces of contemporary Japanese design, ranging from Sony robots through the domestic products of MUJI to avant-garde pieces drawing on a wide variety of fields: architecture, product and interactive design, furniture, visual communication, animation, fashion, and textile. Works by superstars of an older generation such as Issey Miyake, Toyo Ito, and Reiko Sudo are displayed together with works by such rising stars as Kosuke Tsumura, Tokujin Yoshioka, Studio Bow-Wow, and MIKAN. Palevsky Design Pavilion
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Henry Moore Revealed

This exhibition of over 85 works by Henry Moore (1898-1986), one of the most important and beloved sculptors of the 20th century, is the sixth in the Modern Art Department's ''Focus on the Collection'' series. Featuring sculptures, maquettes, drawings, prints, and illustrated books (many recently bequeathed to the Museum by the late Charlotte Bergman), the exhibition explores central themes in the British sculptor's work such as the reclining figure, mother and child, and life during the London Blitz. The collection highlights Moore's creative fusion of human and natural forms and his profound ability to portray fundamental emotional states and relationships. Rena (Fisch) and Robert Lewin Gallery, Hildegard and Simon Rothschild Foundation (Switzerland) Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building. Catalogue

Modernism in Israeli Art: Classics from the Collection

Resonating with the examples of Modernism on view during the Museum's Russian Season, works by artists such as Reuven Rubin, Nahum Gutman, Israel Paldi, Ziona Tagger, and Arie Aroch reveal affinities to Primitivism, Cubism, and Constructivism while also exhibiting a unique local style.
Merzbacher Galleries for Israeli Art

The Coin of Coins: A World Premiere

Struck in Sicily in the mid-fifth century BCE, the unique Aitna tetradrachm is among the most splendid achievements of Greek art. This silver coin is rich with historical and iconographic significance, shedding light on the short-lived colony of Aitna and the symbols its inhabitants held dear. The masterwork of one of the finest die engravers of all times, the Aitna tetradrachm is also a coin of singular beauty, which has earned a place among the artistic wonders of the ancient world. The coin has not left the Biblioth?que royale in Brussels since its arrival there in 1899, and was only shown to scholars upon special request. Its exhibition at the Israel Museum, along with other coins attributed to the Aitna Master, constitutes its world premiere.

Turkish Delights:Treasures from the Land of Sultans and Kings

For 400 years, from the 15th to the 19th century, the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul was the administrative center of one of the world's greatest empires and the official residence of its rulers. Over the course of the period, countless treasures were amassed there, and a small fraction of these riches is on display in this exhibition: jewelry, clothing, weapons, and dining utensils - all lavishly decorated with gold and precious stones - as well as examples of breathtaking tents used by the sultans for outdoor events. The objects are on loan from the Topkapi Palace Museum, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, and the Military Museum, Istanbul.
Weisbord Exhibition Pavilion.

Sports and Art

In ancient times, the Greeks excelled at representing sports and the human body in art. With the Olympic Games set to take place this year in Athens, this is a particularly good time to cast a glance at the subject of sports and art. Sport reflects the entire gamut of human states and emotions: happiness and despair, pride and glory, disappointment and violence, victory and defeat. All of these are represented in the exhibition, which combines objects from the Museum's collections, works prepared by Israeli artists especially for this occasion, photographs, installations, film excerpts, and activity corners.
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Great Expectations: Art of the Russian Avant-Garde

Drawings and paintings by some of the most prominent Russian artists in the first half of the 20th century, including Kazimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Vladimir Tatlin, and Natan Altman. Combining elements from the major contemporary art movements in Europe - Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, and Orphism - with local folk art, they formulated a new language which ultimately led to the emergence of abstract art. The works in the exhibition - on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, and private and public collections in Israel - span the period from before World War I until the years of artistic decline that followed the Bolshevik revolution. Spertus Gallery. 

Power to the People: Early Soviet Propaganda Posters
A selection of visually stunning posters produced between September 1920 and October 1921 by ROSTA, the Russian Telegraphic Agency. With rhyming texts mainly composed by the Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakowski, these hand-stenciled window posters produced on cheap newsprint reflect the events unfolding daily during the formative years of Soviet Russia under Lenin. The posters are part of a collection - the largest in a museum outside Russia - that was donated to the Israel Museum in the 1990s by Merrill C. Berman, New York. Rena (Fisch) and Robert Lewin Gallery, Hildegard and Simon Rothschild Foundation (Switzerland) Gallery, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Gallery

Red in Black and White: Photography in the USSR From the Borodulin Collection

Works by Russian photographers who documented the Soviet Union during the formative years of the Communist regime, the Second World War, and the years of intensive building that followed the war. Most of the photographers worked for the establishment or the Russian Photographic Agency, and their work bears the mark of Stalin's influence. All the works on view are from the collection of Lev Borodulin and his son, Alexander. Lev Borodulin, himself a renowned photographer who immigrated to Israel in the 1970s, assembled the photographs in Russia and later discovered, interestingly, that most of them were taken by Jewish Russian photographers. The Trixie and Serge Landeau Gallery, Albert and Mimi Piltzer Gallery
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Spiceboxes from Southern Germany: A Jewish-Christian Encounter

Unique spiceboxes used in the havdalah ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath. Assembled from collections all over the world, the items on view - seven out of only eight extant spiceboxes of this kind - were made in the town of Schwäbisch Gmünd in the 18th century using a special technique that combines filigree work with glass stones and enamel plaques featuring biblical scenes. Their fascinating story affords a glimpse into the relationship between the local Christian silversmiths and the Jewish population that was forced to live outside the walls of the city.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
The Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany
Landesstiftung Baden-Wurttemberg
The Eduard-Dietenberger Foundation, Schwubisch Gmund
Rolf Becker, Baierbrunn
Association of Friends of the Israel Museum in Germany

Shades of Feeling Jan Rauchwerger: Works from 1979 to 2003

Jan Rauchwerger's art is a powerful blend of sensuous color, light, and impressive painterly qualities. At first glance his visually appealing works are simple, accessible, and non-provocative, but closer observation reveals underlying layers reflecting deep, often unsettling insights into human nature and the tensions and conflicts of daily life. This is the first important comprehensive exhibition of the work of Rauchwerger (who was born in the former USSR and immigrated to Israel in 1973). The exhibition comprises over 100 works, including oils, pastels, and watercolors, spanning the last quarter of a century.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
The Gottesman Family Foundation, Tel Aviv
The donors to the 2004 Exhibition Fund
The Israel National Lottery Council for the Visual Arts
The Brandes Family, Tel Aviv
Trudy and Bob Gottesman, New York
Floy and Amos Kaminski, New York
Ellen and Jerome Stern, New York

Framing Art
Can a frame be considered a work of art on its own merits? The exhibition addresses this aesthetic question and features a selection of rare frames intended for paintings, miniatures, and mirrors, dating from the 16th to the 20th century. Della and Fred S. Worms OBE Gallery

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
The donors to the Museum's 2004 Exhibition Fund

Arabesque: Islamic Art from the Israel Museum Collection

A selection of 9th- to 17th-century luxury items, including ceramics, metalware, textiles, and jewelry, originating in countries throughout the Middle East.

Ayoub Rabenou Gallery of Islamic Art

Liquid Spaces: Digital Works by Five Israelis

Liquid Spaces brings together the digital works of Daniel Rozin, Tirtza Even, Amit Pitaru, Inbar Barak, and Ruth Ron, representing a growing number of young Israelis who are making an impact on the international scene of ''new media'' works that cross the boundaries between art, technology, and design. Liquid Spaces offers new perspectives for the visitor as he or she interacts with the works, becoming instant actors on the electronic stage. Palevsky Design Pavilion

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
The Phyllis Mack Young Artists/Young Curators Series
The donors to the Museum's 2003 Exhibition Fund
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Ancient Treasures and the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Canadian Museum of Civilization, in collaboration with the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, has launched an online virtual exhibition of the exhibition Ancient Treasures and the Dead Sea Scrolls. This virtual exhibition went online yesterday and is based on the same descriptions, texts and artifacts as the exhibition that attracted many visitors at the Canadian Museum (it was presented there from December 5, 2003 until April 12, 2004).
Web site visitors will be able to view images of more than 100 priceless artifacts and discover their significance to biblical history http://www.civilization.ca/civil/israel/isrele.html
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Present Tense 7

The seventh in a series of exhibitions from the Museum's collection of Contemporary Art explores the relationship between an image and its reflection, negative and positive, light and shade, darkness and clarity. The exhibition features new works by Vera Lutter, Stephan Balkenhol, Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Stephen Dean, Richard Prince, Douglas Gordon, and Teresita Fernandez acquired by the Museum over the past year. Judy and Michael Steinhardt Gallery, Helen and Jack Nash Gallery, Sheila and Nahum Gelber Gallery, Maureen and Marshall Cogan Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building

New Acquisitions: Man Ray, Miro, Ernst, and Pollock

The department of Modern Art has received a bequest of three outstanding works from the estate of Sylvia Slifka: Joan Miró's Spanish Dancer (1927), Max Ernst's The King Playing with the Queen (1944), and Jackson Pollock's Horizontal Composition (1949). Man Ray's assemblage Venus Restored (1936/71), gift of Jose Mugrabi, is also shown here for the first time. Sam and Ayala Zacks Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building

In the Jerusalem Theatre -Mythology and Reality: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Desert Art
Mythology and Reality: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Desert Art
Shown for the first time in Israel, 80 works by Australian Aboriginal artists who combine modern techniques with traditional art, drawing on ritual painting to create dynamic, colorful, contemporary works. Acclaimed throughout Europe, the artists, many of whom are winners of prestigious prizes, define Aboriginal art today. In cooperation with the Australian Israel Cultural Exchange (AICE).

Old-New Land: Three Exhibitions from the Early Days of Israeli Art 

Abel Pann Paints the Bible

For the first time in Israel, a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Abel Pann (1883­–1963), one of the pioneers of Israeli art, best known for his vivid depictions of biblical characters as real, flesh-and-blood humans with Oriental features and passionate feelings. The exhibition presents works from his early days in Odessa, through his years as a successful artist in Paris and the United States, to his position as one of the Bezalel School's most influential teachers, alongside his paintings of the 1915 pogroms in Russia, last shown to the public in the Bezalel National Museum 75 years ago. Dr. Julius and Hilde Merzbacher Galleries for Israeli Art. Catalogue forthcoming

First Flowers of Israeli Art
Early Israeli art abounds with floral imagery, which appears in paintings of landscapes, botanical sketches, decorative designs, still lifes, and portraits. Reuven Rubin, Nahum Gutman, Aryeh Lubin, Shmuel Charuvi, and many others drew inspiration for their work from the Zionist ideal of making the desert bloom. Flowers also feature prominently in contemporary Israeli art, sometimes as a symbol of the artist's longing for the innocent world of his childhood and sometimes as a means of criticizing a reality rife with conflicts, torn between flowering and war, beauty and destruction. The exhibition examines these issues and also touches on poetry and children's literature, botanical research, public sector graphic design, and popular art. Rena (Fisch) and Robert Lewin Gallery, Hildegard and Simon Rothschild Foundation (Switzerland) Gallery, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building

Pioneers of Photography in Israel
Mostly drawn from the Museum's collection, the photographs in this exhibtion are amongst the earliest photographic records taken in Palestine. They document the Jewish presence in the country from the 19th century, emphasizing the people's biblical and historical roots in their ancestral homeland. The exhibition also highlights the special attention given to the portrayal of the pioneers' relationship to the landscape. The Trixie and Serge Landeau Gallery, Albert and Mimi Piltzer Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building
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Nedko Solakov, Visiting Artist

Bulgarian-born (1957) artist Nedko Solakov will visit Jerusalem for two weeks to engage in a dialogue with the art and objects on display in the various galleries and wings around the Israel Museum. Drawing inspiration from the works and spaces in the Museum, he will incorporate his own works within the various collections. Various galleries.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
Lindy and Ed Bergman Visiting Artist Fund

Control: Miki Kratsman and David Reeb - Photographs and Paintings
Photographer Miki Kratsman and painter David Reeb have collaborated in their work since the mid-1980s. Kratsman's photographs of the raw, painful reality of life in Israel and the territories form the narrative, iconographic, and compositional starting point for Reeb's paintings. This exhibition includes their collaborative and independent works in the mediums of painting, photography, and video.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
The donors to the Museum's 2003 Exhibition Fund

Mountain Jews: Customs and Daily Life in the Caucasus

The tenth in a series of exhibitions of the Department of Jewish Ethnography devoted to the diverse Jewish communities of the world, this presentation sheds light on the Jews of the Caucasian Mountains. Living for many years in seclusion in a devout Muslim country, the community retained ancient social and religious customs that have long since vanished in other Jewish cultures. The exhibition includes two reconstructions: one of traditional life in the Caucasus and one reflecting the community's strong presence in Israel today.

Chagall in Israel

Focusing on major themes in Marc Chagall's vast artistic repertoire, this exhibition includes some 80 paintings and works on paper culled from the collections of the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and private Israeli collectors. Special emphasis is placed on an exploration of imagery emanating from the artist's Jewish heritage, and on the artworks and projects that connected him to Israel. Included are unique drawings for autobiographical works such as First Encounters and Burning Lights, as well as illustrations to the Bible. The exhibition is a joint project conceived by the Israel Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum, oriented towards highlighting the strengths in Israeli art collections.

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A Movable Feast: Sukkahs from Around the World

Every year on the festival of Sukkot, Jews all over the world build a sukkah by their home. These temporary structures recall the booths in which the Tribes of Israel lived during their journey through the desert to the Promised Land. This diverse collection of sukkahs, built in communities from East and West, will be exhibited under one roof for the first time. The display highlights both their common features and the unique character of each one.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
Joseph Alexander Foundation, Helen Mackler and Robert Weintraub, Trustees

The exhibitions was made possible by:

The Aaron Beare Foundation, Durban
The Forchheimer Fund for Ethnographic Exhibitions, New York
The Sam Weisbord Trust, Beverly Hills
Donors to the Israel Museum's 2003 Exhibitions Fund -
Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond J. Learsy, Aspen, Colorado
Ruth and Leon Davidoff, Paris and Mexico City
Hanno D. Mott, New York
The Nash Family Foundation, New York

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Thundering on High: Images of the Canaanite Storm God
Statues, stelae, and jewelry with representations of the storm god, one of the most important deities of Western Asia.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
Lydie Shufro, New York

Spirit Hunters: Central African Art from the Lawrence Gussman Collection

Focusing on the supernatural in African art, this exhibition examines how figurative sculpture, masks, and other ritual objects were used as agencies of power and spirituality. The works, collected over more than three decades by Lawrence Gussman, represent some of the best-known icons of Central African art.
The Trixie and Serge Landeau Gallery, Albert and Mimi Piltzer Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
Lawrence Gussman, Scarsdale, NY
Sarita Gantz, Greenwich, Connecticut

Envisioning the Temple: Scrolls, Stones, and Symbols

This exhibition is devoted to the longest and perhaps most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls housed in the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book. It traces the story of the Temple Scroll, presenting the Scroll itself, together with other manuscripts, archaeological finds, and works of art, in order to reveal diverse aspects of the material and spiritual world of the Qumran community to which the Scrolls are attributed and to examine one of the most crucial elements of Jewish identity – the institution of the Temple. The exhibition is presented in the Museum’s exhibition galleries while the Shrine of the Book undergoes complete architectural restoration.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
Herta and Paul Amir, Los Angeles
Alice and Nahum Lainer, Los Angeles
Association of Friends of the Israel Museum in Germany Comit`e d'Amis du Mus`e d'Isra‘l a` J`rusalem en Suisse Romande Schweizer Vereinigung der Freunde des Israel Museums in Jerusalem
The donors to the Museum's 2003 Exhibition Fund

Revelation: Representations of Christ in Photography

Though a relatively young art form, photography has continued the enduring tradition in Western art of depicting images of Jesus and Christianity. Through a selection of nearly 150 photographs spanning the entire history of the medium, this exhibition examines the techniques and perspectives of photographers - from early camera practitioners to contemporary artists – and the influence of other art forms on their photographic depictions of Christianity. This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey devoted exclusively to this subject and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
Carla Emil and Richard Silverstein, San Francisco Hans Dichand, ViennaThe donors to the Museum's 2003 Exhibition Fund.

The Jewish Wardrobe

The language of clothing speaks through materials, colors, textures, and styles, evolving over time and from place to place. This renewed exhibit emphasizes clothes which were uniquely Jewish and which served as a medium of identification; although reflecting local customs, they were usually determined by Jewish precepts such as laws regarding modesty and were also sometimes imposed by ruling authorities. The clothes shown represent only a small sample of the rich collection of festive clothing in the Department of Ethnography; these clothes, worn only for special occasions, have weathered the years more successfully than day-to-day outfits, many of which were destroyed by daily wear and tear, migration, and wars over the past century. David and Irene Sala Wing for Israel Communities, Caroline and Joseph Gruss and Charles Goldman Galleries

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
The donors to the Museum's 2003 Exhibition Fund

Talking Beads: A Selection from the African Art Collection

Given its affordability, utility, and beauty, the bead has been used in Africa for centuries for a variety of ritual, utilitarian, commercial, and aesthetic purposes. This display of over 80 examples of jewelry, clothing, and objects made from colorful glass beads introduce the viewer into the unique beliefs, rituals, and daily life of African tribes all over the continent. Objects on display include sculptures, a royal crown, and articles of clothing worn as amulets and status symbols.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
Maremont Foundation
Weiss Fund
Ellen and Jerome Stern Fund
Wright Family Fund

Views II: Israeli Art from the Collection and Elsewhere

Differen perspectives from which artists view the local landscape serve as a way to trace the evolution of styles in Israeli art, from the orientalism and idealism of the early 20th century, through the lyrical abstractionism of the 1950s and the conceptual art of the 1970s, and up to the work of today’s young artists.

First Light: Power Stations in Palestine 1920-1939

A celebration of the grand vision of one man, Pinhas Rutenberg, for the electrification of Palestine. Together with other noted architects of the time – including Erich Mendelsohn, Richard Kauffmann, and Alexander Baerwarld – Rutenberg created the first examples of modern architecture in the land of Israel. Israel Electric’s archive in Haifa is a treasure trove of drawings and photographs of the early power station projects, as well as of housing projects for the company’s workers. Together with drawings found in other archives, they are shown here to the public for the first time. The exhibition also places this story of an extraordinary achievement in the political, social, economic, and cultural context of the time, both inside and outside Palestine. In cooperation with Israel Electric.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
Israel Electric
The donors to the Museum’s 2003 Exhibition Fund

Metamorphosis: Works by Young Israeli Artists
The exhibition examines an aspect of contemporary Israeli abstract art represented by young artists such as Daniel Bauer, David Behar-Perahia, Rotem Balva, and Sharon Poliakine. Using different media – oil on canvas, etching, installation, and photography – these artists create works that relate to real objects or landscapes; however, through the artistic process the object or landscape undergoes a metamorphosis, losing its original form within the work of art.

short cuts: video art and photography

A showcase of video art and photography-based art from the Contemporary Art collection of the Israel Museum, including new acquisition of works by such artists as Candida Höfer, Nobuyoshi Araki, Paul Pfeifer, Michael Joo, and Kelly Nipper.

A 6,000-Year-Old Nobleman: Finds from the Cave of the Warrior
A 6,000-Year-Old Nobleman: Finds from the
Cave of the Warrior
A rare example of a nobleman's burial site dating from the Chalcolithic period was unearthed in a cave overlooking Jericho in the Judean Desert. The dry climate preserved the skeleton of the deceased, together with the shrouds in which he was wrapped and the funerary gifts intended to accompany him into the afterlife. The textiles, remarkable in both their size and quality, a magnificent bow, a long flint knife, a walking stick, and sandals all attest to the distinguished status of the man - apparently a ruler in the society in which he lived. The display provides a glimpse into the world of ancient fibercraft, focusing on objects the likes of which have never before been found or exhibited in this country. Objects from the collection of the Staff Office of Archaeology, Civil Adminstration of Judea and Samaria.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
Family and friends of the late Ornit Ilan:
Sybil and Leon Goldenblank, Torrance, California;
Deborah and Stuart Kirschbaum, Mission Viejo, California;
Mark Sommer, Torrance, California;
Gusti and Daniel Frankel, Yadkinsvile, North Carolina;
Lydie Shufro, New York
The donors to the Museum's 2003 Exhibition Fund
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Three-in-One in the Design Pavilion

Three different approaches to making personal statements about objects in our daily lives are exemplified in this exhibition, which combines two films by Noam Toran – Object for Lonely Men and Subliminal Furniture; a master class, run by Noam Toran in the gallery; and a small display of Lidia Zavadsky’s ceramic works from the 1970s to 2001, which marks one year since her passing. In cooperation with the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.

Raffi Lavie:Works from 1950 to 2002

Artist, teacher, and critic, Raffi Lavie has had a far-reaching influence on the Israeli art scene. This retrospective exhibition, featuring some 200 works - including paintings, collages, drawings, and films - examines his unique place in the development of modernism and the avant-garde in Israel.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
The Israel National Lottery Council for the Visual Arts
The donors to the Museum’s 2003 Exhibition Fund

Arabesque: Islamic Art from the Israel Museum Collection

A selection of 9th- to 17th-century luxury items, including ceramics, metalware, textiles, and jewelry, originating in countries throughout the Middle East. Ayoub Rabenou Gallery of Islamic Art

Weegee's Story: A Photojournalist in the 1940s

The exhbition features the work of world-famous photojournalist Weegee (Arthur Fellig) who' as an immigrant to the USA, devoted a grea deal of attention to the poor' the underprivileged' and to victims of crime and catastrophe.
This unique collection was compiled by Hendrik Berinson' who has generosly agreed to lend it for the exhibition

Food in Art: A Matter of Taste

Artists have depicted food since time immemorial.Banquets, picnics,and fast food,fruit,chocolate,and even hot peppers – all have served as subjects,symbols,and motifs in painting, sculpture,literature,and cinema since the time of ancient Greece and Rome up until contemporary art.Food is not only the basis of our existence,it is also a celebration for the senses –of taste and smell,and not less importantly,the visual sense.
In this exhibition you are invited to use all your senses to enjoy works of art,film excerpts,activity corners,and a kitchen full of surprises.There will also be a space for changing exhibits,first of which is “Basic Instinct” by Sasha Okun.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
The Marianna Griesmann Youth Wing Fund, London
Morris Rodman Fund, Washington, DC
J. Weinstein Foundation in Memory of Joe and Celia Weinstein
High Touch Kitchens, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Herzliyah
The donors to the Museum’s 2003 Exhibition Fund
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North African Li

ghts: Hanukkah Lamps from the Zeyde Schulmann Collection
This exhibition presents a rich collection of Hanukkah lamps of diverse styles, all produced in the lands of the Magreb. The lamps are part of a vast collection assembled by Zeyde Schulmann and donated to the Israel Museum in the 1960s. Schulmann,
who lived most of his adult life in morocco, collected artifacts from the Jewish communities of North Africa and documented their rich cultural heritage.This is the first
comprehensive presentation of the Hanukkah lamp collection.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
Les Amis Français du Musée d’Israël à Jérusalem
Palm Beach Friends of the Israel Museum
The donors to the Museum's 2002 Exhibition Fund

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Still Lifes by European Masters

What can we learn from the groaning tables, succulent fruit, and lush bouquets of the Baroque period? As profound expressions of seventeenth-century social mores and values, the hidden messages of the still life have been the subject of much discussion in recent years. This exhibition of works from the Museum's European Art collection presents a selection of flower pieces and other still lifes by Dutch and Italian painters - Cornelius de Heem, Barthelomeo Battera, Heyman Dullaert, and others.

Jacques Lipchitz: Drawing and Sculpture

One of the great artists of the 20th century, Jacques Lipchitz (1891 - 1973) was born in Lithuania and worked in France and the United States. A leading formulator of cubist language in modern sculpture, he created works that expressed powerful responses to violence, war, and the Holocaust. The exhibition sheds light on his ideas and his work process, from drawings through three-dimensional studies to the finished sculpture. The drawings are on loan from the artist's son and from the Marlborough Gallery, New York, while the sculptures come from the Israel Museum's substantial collection of Lipchitz sculptures, donated by his brother.

1945 - 2000 Design in Italy

100 Objects from the Permanent Collection of the Milan Triennale
A traveling exhibition tracing the evolution of Italian product design from the end of the Second World War until today. The quality and originality of these products, with their unique marriage of aesthetics and technology, has placed Italy at the forefront of European design. On show are such classics as the Vespa and Lambretta motor scooters, Valentine typewriter, Grillo telephone, Blow chair, and Tizio lamp. In cooperation with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tel Aviv.

After September 11

Photographs from Ground Zero
by Joel Meyerowitz

Dramatic images of Ground Zero taken by the eminent American photographer Joel Meyerowitz, the only photographer granted unimpeded access to the site since September 11. Meyerowitz documented the painful rescue, recovery, demolition, and excavation efforts following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. Presented by the U.S. Department of State in conjunction with The Museum of the City of New York.

Morel Derfler, 1956 -2001

In Memoriam
The almost-prophetic work of photographer Morel Derfler has been exhibited on different occasions in the Israel Museum and is represented in its collection. This year, on the first anniversary of Derfler's death in a terrorist attack in Nahariya, the Photography Department presents a cross-section of his works, including video creations.


20 German and Israeli Artists

Works by contemporary artists in a variety of fields: painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation. This is one of five exhibitions mounted as part of an exchange series initiated, organized, and financed by the Kultursekretariat of North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany; the others will take place in Herzliya, Bonn, Dortmund, and Krefeld. This project, which brings together German and Israeli artists, represents the first time that the exchange series has left Europe.

Focus on the Collection: Jacob Epstein

This exhibition of 70 works by the pioneering American-born British sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein (1880—1959) is the fifth in the Modern Art Department’s series ''Focus on the Collection.'' Bronze, marble, and plaster sculptures on display include early works and masterpieces from his Vorticist period as well as portraits of the Epstein family and prominent figures of the period such as Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and Chaim Weizmann.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
A donation in honor of the memory of Benjamin Miller

Modern Masterworks on Paper

An exhibition of masterpieces on paper from the Museum’s extensive holdings of 20th-century watercolors, drawings, and prints representing seminal trends in modern art and featuring works by such major figures as Arp, Brancusi, Chagall, Dali, Kandinsky, Matisse, Picasso, and Pollock

More than Meets the Eye: The Gaze in European Art

A new acquisition by contemporary artist Thomas Struth explores the timeless theme of the gaze alongside paintings by such masters as Annibale Carracci, Ingres, and others.

Double Dress

Yinka Shonibare, A Nigerian/British Artist

The first mid-career survey exhibition of works by Yinka Shonibare, who interweaves metaphors from his two cultures — British and African — to create imaginative, life-size installations using bright ''African'' fabrics and photographs depicting iconic images of Victorian society which question the influence of ethnicity, class, and race on the formation of identity.
English and Hebrew catalogue.
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Views - Israeli Art from the Collection
Different perspectives from which artists view the local landscape serve as a way to trace the evolution of styles in Israeli art, from the orientalism and idealism of the early 20th century, through the lyrical abstractionism of the 1950s and the conceptual art of the 1970s, and up to the work of today’s young artists.

Coffee Culture
Originating in the southern Arabian peninsula, coffee spread around the world 500 years ago and is prepared in almost as many different ways as there are countries. Featuring a wide range of vessels, the exhibition highlights the link between local culture and the ways in which

Mark Tobey: Works on Paper

Prints and drawings by the American artist Mark Tobey (1890—1976), whose inclination towards abstraction was influenced by Chinese and Japanese art and by the worlds that are revealed through the microscope.

Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?

Aiming to make this field more accessible to the public, the exhibition focuses on the central issues that have preoccupied artists in the last decade, including the revival of interest in the human body, the prevailing use of photography and video in art, and the renewed examination of the boundaries separating art and life.

Handled with Care - Glass in the Israel Museum

The Museum’s collections boast hundreds of rare and ancient glass objects representing 3,000 years of glass production in the Middle East. Highlights of these holdings are shown alongside works from the Museum’s collections of Judaica, fine art, and design.
Two catalogues on the Israel Museum’s ancient glass collections.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
The Schweizer Vereinigung der Freunde des Israel Museums in Jerusalem
America Phoenicia Israel (Flat Glass), Ltd.
Oran Palmah Zova
Al-Sorag, Ltd.
The donors to the Museum’s 2002 Exhibition Fund*

Sitting Pretty - A Century of Chair Design

The exhibition traces the evolution of contemporary chair design throughout the world and shows how the choice of materials, manufacturing process, and style reflects cultural, technological, and social developments.

Michael Gross: Recent Works
This exhibition pays homage to Israel Prize laureate, Michael Gross (born 1920), presenting paintings and sculptures, most of which date from the last decade. The works bear testimony to his great vitality and emphasize the inner tensions — between spiritual asceticism and stormy sensuality. Considered one of the great painters and sculptors of modern Israeli art, Michael Gross has exhibited internationally in such venues as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Sao Paulo and Venice Biennales, and the 9th Kassel Documenta.

On the Map

Cartographic Images of the Holy Land
This comprehensive exhibition traces transformations in religious and scientific views and the dialectic between realism and imagination in maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

Over 30 works by Dubuffet (1901—1985), which demonstrate the French artist’s innovations as a painter and draftsman.

The Cradle of Christianity

The objects on view in the exhibition are more than one thousand years old. Nevertheless, the exhibition is relevant to the present, for events that took place in this region some two thousand years ago shaped the history of Europe and the Mediterranean region, and their impact continues to be felt today.
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Polynesian Ivories
A Tonga goddess figure, a Marquesas Islands tiki amulet, Hawaiian wrist ornaments, and Maori ceremonial clubs from New Zealand – these rare and valuable ivory objects, dating from the late 18th – early 19th centuries, were recently donated to the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. In the Polynesian Islands, ivory objects were signs of prestige and status. Whale teeth were associated with divine powers from the sea, and were used to secure strategic alliances. Nevertheless, the Islanders did not hunt whales, but rather depended for supplies of ivory on the chance stranding of a whale on the shore. Only in the late 18th century did European whalers and traders begin to import ivory to the Islands.

Etchings from the Brain

The works in this exhibition are the result of a three-day encounter between ten Israeli artists and ten brain scientists, which took place in April 2004 and was initiated by three institutions: the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Prints and Drawings Department of the Israel Museum, and the Print Workshop at Kibbutz Cabri in the Galilee. Participating in this fascinating experience were Ofer Lellouche, Jan Rauchwerger, Hila Lulu Lin, Alex Kremer, Nurit David, Sharon Poliakine, Belu Simion Fainaru, Yaacov Durchin, Larry Abramson, and Gal Weinstein.

Titian's Venus Blindfolding Cupid, 1565

Visiting Masterpiece from Galleria Borghese, Rome

One of the last known works by the renowned Venetian Renaissance master, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio, ca. 1490 - 1576). In this large painting, the actions of the prominent figures of Venus, Cupid, and Anteros represent the vagaries of love. There is a mysterious quality to the scene, which Titian himself described as a “poetic vision.”

Lime Spatula with Squatting Drummer Figure, 19th Century

This masterpiece from Papua New Guinea is one of the few objects carved in wood by the 19th-century master carver Mutuaga - the only Melanesian artist from this period to whom works can be definitely attributed. It is one of a small number of known Mutuaga masterpieces, attesting to the artist's virtuosity while presenting motifs typical of the art of the Massim area of Papua New Guinea. Gift of the Faith-dorian and Martin Wright family, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum.

The Faith-dorian and Martin Wright Gallery of Oceanic Art

Jewish Children's Attire from Sanaa, Yemen, 1940s

Four traditional children's outfits, all belonging to one family, and a heavy silver necklace illustrate the lavish way in which Jewish children were adorned in Yemen. Made of precious materials such as velvet and gilt-silver jewelry, these pieces were intended not just as ornaments but also as protection against the evil eye, which their glittering wealth was thought to ward off. Since boys were considered more valuable and therefore more vulnerable than girls, they were dressed as girls in their first years in order to confuse the evil spirits.
All of the items were acquired for the Israel Museum through the American Friends of the Israel Museum by Ellen and Jerome Stern, New York, in honor of their grandchild, Jordan Stern VanderVoort.

David and Irene Sala Wing for Israel Communities, Caroline and Joseph Gruss and Charles Goldman Galleries

The Goethe Monument, 1832

This work by Karl Gustav Carus is one of the masterpieces of German Romantic painting from the first half of the 19th century. In it, a somber and sublime landscape serves as background to a monument to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet and philosopher who was a towering figure of German culture. The painting is on exchange loan from the Hamburg Kunsthalle.

Hanbok – Traditional Korean Dress

A colorful display of elegant robes created by the preeminent Korean designer Il Soon Lee, based on traditional colors and patterns.

Selma Picciotto Gallery

Vanitas, ca. 1650

On extended loan from an anonymous donor, Vanitas, by Louis XIV's court painter Simon Renard de Saint-André, significantly enriches the Museum's collection of European Art. The presence of Jewish objects such as a prayer shawl and Hebrew prayer book alongside typical memento mori motifs makes this portrayal of the transience of life especially rare.

Artists in Protest: A Selection of 20th-Century Works on Paper

Many artists of the 20th century were actively engaged with the social and political issues of their time, and their art served as a vehicle for their enthusiasm, anger, pain, or frustration. This exhibition offers a few examples of the vast range of protest art, including works by Pablo Picasso, Käthe Kollwitz, Edward Kienholz, and Yair Garbuz.

Special Find! Sailing the Dead Sea: Ancient Wooden Anchors

Two remarkably well preserved wooden anchors dating from 2,000 and 2,500 years ago were recently discovered on the shores of the Dead Sea, together with the ropes that tied them to the ships. Unlikely as it seems today, in ancient times the Dead Sea was a bustling trade route, with ships carrying salt, asphalt, and agricultural produce that were then transported to distant parts of the world. The anchors are displayed alongside goods specific to this area.

From Far and Wide: A Taste of the Lejwa Collection

A sampling from the Arthur and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa Collection of over 300 artworks, bequeathed to the Israel Museum in 1999, which ranges from antiquities dating from the mid-3rd millennium BCE to Precolumbian art and Peruvian Colonial painting, from African and Oceanic art to 20th-century Cubist and Constructivist works. The display emphasizes the collection’s scope while stressing affinities and visual correspondences between different cultures.

Saints Peter and Paul at the Gate of the Temple, 1593

A rare painting by the Flemish master Abel Grimmer, lent by Marco Grassi Studio, New York, in honor of the Museum's 40th Anniversary, presents the Temple during the time of Jesus. As this work (based on a drawing by the draftsman Hans Vredeman de Vries) indicates, European artists often envisioned the Temple as a magnificent Western cathedral.

David Playing the Harp before Saul, ca. 1670
This enormous canvas by Mattia Preti, a depiction of the young David attempting to raise King Saul's spirits with music, offers a wonderful example of the South Italian style of painting in the third quarter of the 17th century. The drama, pathos, and diagonal compostion that were part of Preti's style owe much to the strong influence of Caravaggio. On loan from the Richard L. Feigen Gallery, New York

The Mystery of the Fates: Two 16th-Century Busts

A rare opportunity to view these two marble busts of two (out of the three) Fates: Atropos and Lachesis. Attributed to the Italian sculptor Francesco da Sangallo, who was part of Michelangelo's circle in Rome, they are an outstanding example of the expressive genre in sculpture. Long-term loan from Jose Mugrabi, New York

The Curtain Rises: Stage and Costume Drawings
The plastic arts were often called to the service of the performing arts, and artists designed sumptuous, spectacular costumes for actors and dancers. Costume was a means of defining a character's identity, just as sets conveyed the context, helping the audience understand where and when the story was taking place. This exhibit features sketches by such prominent artists as Leon Bakst, Georges Braque, Meir Axelrod, and others.

Rembrandt's Heroine from the Old Testament (Esther or Bathsheba), ca. 1632–33

From the National Gallery of
Canada, Ottawa
This fine example of Rembrandt's genius, created when he was only twenty-seven years old, raises many intriguing questions, the main one concerning the identity of its central character: is she the pious Esther or the seductive Bathsheba?

Statue of a Couple from Ancient Egypt

From the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, New York
Tomb statue depicting the high official Demedji and his wife Henutsen, who lived during the Old Kingdom, the age of the great pyramids (ca. 2450 BCE).


From the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
This marble gravestone features an exquisite portrayal of a girl from Classical Greece. Probably carved on the island of Paros, about 460 BCE, it is one of the masterpieces of Classical antiquities.

What's New in Modern Art?

This new installation features a range of Pop Art masterpieces, many on long-term loan from Jose Mugrabi, New York, including works by Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman, James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, Larry Rivers' Marisol' and George Segal. Two recent additions to the collection will also be displayed: Miro's Bird(1960) and a new Fauve painting by Othon Friesz, a gift of Rene and Marianne Lang, Zurich.

Exchange Loan: Henri Rousseau

Portrait of Mr. X (Pierre Loti), 1905-6, is a magically intense image by the most celebrated French naive painter, Henri Rousseau. This work pays homage to Pierre Loti, an authority on the French colonies who wrote travel books and popularized the myth of the exotic. The painting is part of an exchange project with the Kunsthaus Museum, Zurich.

Surrealist Gifts: From the Estate of Andre Breton

A selection of works from the latest donation by Arturo Schwarz, which further enhances the collection of Dada and Surrealist Art he gifted to the Israel Museum several years ago. Thanks to Schwarz's generosity, the Museum has become a leading international center for the study of these movements. The new gifts were purchased from the estate of Andre Breton, author of the Surrealist Manifesto, and include works in a variety of media by such artists as Man Ray, Mirabelle Dors, Gherasim Luca, and Breton himself.

Victor Brauner Centenary
Victor Brauner, a Romanian/French avant-garde artist of Jewish descent, was an early adherent of the Surrealist movement. Brauner was fascinated by the mystical and the occult, and his art represents a fertile fusion of various mythologies and religious beliefs. Sam and Ayala Zacks Gallery, Nathan Cummings 20th Century Art Building

What Is Glass?

The latest addition to the Dobkin Pavilion of Ancient Glass reveals the secrets of this alluring man-made material. The exhibit, devoted to aspects of ancient glass techonolgy, combines short videos on the production of raw glass and ancient and modern manufacturing techniques with texts, drawings, and artifacts. Glass Gallery, Bronfman Archaeology Wing

Stationed in Judea Roman SoldierÕs Certificate of Citizenship

This military diploma is the copy of an imperial grant given to a soldier in the auxiliary forces upon his discharge after twenty-five years of service in 90 CE. It mentions nine units stationed in Judea at the time under Titus Pomponius Bassus, Governor of the province, who was not known to have occupied this position until the discovery of the diploma. Acquired in memory of Chaim Herzog, sixth President of the State of Israel. Roman Gallery, Bronfman Archaeology Wing

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
Herzog Family and Yad Chaim Herzog
The Carmen and Louis Warschaw Fund for Archaeological Acquisitions
David and Genevieve Hendin, New York

Double-Headed Figure from Easter Island

Found in 1870 by a Chilean naval mission, this rare figure was considered a visual manifestation of the spirits of the deceased. The two heads indicate the omnipotence of the spirits, who can survey the visible and the invisible realms simultaneously. Faith-dorian and Martin Wright Gallery for Oceanic Art

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
Faith-dorian and Martin Wright Family, New York, in memory of Douglas Newton

A Moabite Royal Inscription

Found in Jordan, this basalt victory stele dating to the eighth century BCE originally belonged to a Moabite king. The inscription on the stele records the king's building projects and his defeat of the neighboring Ammonites. The events described are consistent with either the period just before Jeroboam II's accession to the throne or the brief period between his death and the campaign of Tiglath-Pileser III, after which the power of Israel began to wane. Israelite Period Gallery. Leaflet

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed to the exhibition:
Judy and Michael Steinhardt Collection, New York

Recent Acquisitions: The Wonder of Micromosaics

Newly received from the bequest of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Los Angeles, these extraordinarily intricate works of art, produced in 19th-century Rome, include still lifes and genre scenes. Carlo and Gianna Schapira 18th Century Italian Art Pavilion

Welcome Additions: New Works in the Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art
Paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by such seminal figures as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Jean Arp, Salvador Dal’, and AndrŽ Breton, recently added by Arturo Schwarz to the outstanding Dada and Surrealist collection he gifted to the Museum in 1998. Sam and Ayala Zacks Gallery. Leaflet

The King is Dead - Long Live the King! Portrait of a Maya Monarch
This year marks the 1400th anniversary of the birth of K'inich Janaab' Pakal I (Great Sun-Shield), King of Palenque, the most famous of all Maya rulers. This exceptional incense burner features the figure of Pakal portrayed in great detail, together with his glyphic name. Arnold Maremont Pavilion for Precolumbian Art

Tony Bevan: Works on Paper

Born in England in 1951, Tony Bevan is one of the most important British figurative painters. Working primely in a combination of pigments and charcoal, his works exhibited here include drawings and prints from the last twenty years, most of them an anonimous gift to the Israel Museum.

Mordecai Ardon: Landscapes of Infinity

One of Israel’s best-known artists internationally, Ardon (1896–1992) was born in Poland and educated at the German Bauhaus. In 1933 he immigrated to Palestine, where the local landscape had an enormous impact on him. From his early portrayals of the spiritual qualities of Jerusalem and its hills, through his concern with color and texture, to his later probings into the cosmos, Ardon used landscape as a tool for exploring and searching, always looking for the hidden meaning underlying the obvious. Concurrently on show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is the exhibition Mordecai Ardon: Time, Space and Metaphysics.
Catalogue and leaflet

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of
The Foundation for the Perpetuation of the Artistic Legacy of Mordecai Ardon
The Gottesman Family Foundation
The donors to the Museum's 2003 Exhibition Fund

Emanuel de Witte,

Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, ca. 1660
A masterpiece by the Dutch painter whose claim to fame was his church interiors as well as his depictions of the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam. On loan from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Two Miniature Manuscripts from Vienna

On loan from an anonymous collector, a Seder Tikkunei Shabbat and a haggadah produced by two important scribes in the 18th century, along with other illuminated manuscripts by the same scribes in the Museum’s holdings. Visitors can examine the two miniature masterpieces close up thanks to computer technology.

In the Presence of the Gods: Statues of Mortals in Egyptian Temples

Six statues of officials from the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE that were set up in temples, where they represented their owners in rituals.

Heads or Tales: A Mythological Theme on Ancient Coins
Abduction, betrayal, and death — all on three Roman silver coins dating from the 1st century BCE.

Sacred Animals of Ancient Egypt

A mummified cat, falcon, mongoose, and ibis reflecting the cults of sacred animals in ancient Egypt.

Glass Goblets

A pair of early 19th-century goblets from England with Freemason motifs. Lent by Shlomo Moussaieff, London.

A Horse Ornament: Steppes of Central Asia 300-100 BCE

This iron roundel plated with gold and adorned with turquoise recalls Herodotus’ descriptions of the golden horse trappings of the Central Asian nomads, while its highly stylized depictions reflect the imaginative ''animal style'' typical of the steppes.

Hear, O Israel: An Ancient Hebrew Amulet

Dated to the 5th—6th century CE, this silver amulet was designed as a thin, leaf-shaped pendant incised in Hebrew with verses from Deuteronomy (''Hear, O Israel''), Psalm 91, and the book of Proverbs, and was intended to afford protection to travelers. Extended loan, Collection René and Susanne Braginsky, Zurich.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:
Collection René and Susanne Braginsky, Zurich

An 18th-Century Torah Scroll and Its Ornaments

A gift from David J. Azrieli in honor of Teddy Kollek’s ninetieth birthday, this small (23 cm-high) Torah scroll is accompanied by elaborate finials, a shield, and a pointer made by the silversmith Johann Friedrich Ehe in Nuremberg. Together with a matching ark inlaid with silver plaques and engraved with biblical texts, the scroll and its ornaments are displayed alongside Torah sets from other Jewish communities around the world.

Sonia Delaunay: Works on Paper

A display of prints and drawings by Ukrainian-born Jewish artist Sonia Delaunay (1885—1979), who spent most of her life in Paris as an artist as well as a designer of theater costume and decor, textiles, and book covers. Her work is characterized by the search for ''something fundamental'' and the dynamic between color and rhythm in the creative process. Most of the works on display were donated to the Museum in 1997 by art patron and collector Kay Merrill Hillman.

An Esther Scroll and Torah Finials from the 18th Century

Two recent additions to the Museum’s permanent Judaica exhibition: a richly decorated Esther Scroll from Italy, remarkable for its cutout technique, on view in the Gina Lass Galleries; and a pair of elaborate finials from Syria or Iraq dating from 1742.

Rembrandt van Rijn, St. Peter in Prison, 1631

The first painting by Rembrandt to enter the Museum's collection, this masterpiece depicts the Apostle Peter in his prison cell. Gift of Judy and Michael Steinhardt, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum.

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