Masters from the Israel Museum's Collection
July 15, 2008 – January 1, 2009
The Youth Wing
Haim Steinbach, Stay with Friends (Kellogg's), 1986
With its campus renewal project fully underway, the Museum begins a program of changing installations in its Ruth Youth Wing to showcase masterpieces from its collections in Fine Art, Archeology, and Judaica and Jewish Ethnography, to ensure that major works from the Museum’s vast holdings of 500,000 objects are always available for its visitors. The first such installation will present major works from the collections, representing different cultures and periods in dialogue with one another. This installation will create new connections among works of art and evoke personal interpretations of works already familiar to the public. The show will be geared toward all ages and audiences.
September 22 – December 9, 2008
Ticho House, an off-site venue of the Israel Museum
Liselotte Grschebina, Masks, 1930
German-born Liselotte Grschebina was an avant-garde photographer in Karlsruhe whose work was exemplary of the energizing spirit of cultural innovation during the time of the Weimar Republic. In 1934 Grschebina immigrated to Palestine and opened a studio in Tel Aviv, where she established a reputation for this new genre of photography. Grschebina’s talent developed without major recognition until after her death, when a body of work was discovered in a hidden storage niche in her son's apartment. In 2000, he gave the entire archive – including some 1,400 photographs – to the Israel Museum. Curated by Judith Caplan, Associate Curator of Photography, the exhibition showcases Grschebina’s distinctive oeuvre and illuminates the phenomenon of émigré avant-garde artists who arrived in Palestine following the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany.
The Nuremberg Mahzor: A Medieval Masterwork
September 25 – December 30, 2008
The Shrine of the Book
The Nuremberg Mahzor, Southern Germany , 1331, Extended Loan from Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn
The Nuremberg Mahzor, containing the prayers for the whole of the Jewish year, was written in 1331, following the Ashkenazi liturgy. Written on parchment, its volume, weight, and distinctive illumination reflect one of the highest achievements of Hebrew manuscript production from the Jewish Diaspora during medieval times. Following the expulsion of the Jews from Nuremberg in 1499, the manuscript was held in the Nuremberg Municipal Library. During the Napoleonic wars, several illustrated folios were cut and removed, and some of these reappeared in the early 20th century. The manuscript and four of the missing pages were subsequently part of the noted Hebrew manuscript library of Zalman Schoken in Jerusalem. This unique manuscript is now on extended loan to the Israel Museum from Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn and will be on special exhibition during Israel’s 60th anniversary year in the Shrine of the Book, where it will extend the timeline of Hebrew Biblical production on display at the Museum from the Dead Sea Scrolls in Second Temple times, to the Aleppo Codex in the 10th Century, and then into Jewish medieval history. This special display is curated by Daisy Raccah-Djivre, Chief Curator of Judaica and Jewish Ethnography.
Exhibitions in Venues Abroad:Journey to the Copper Age: Archaeology in the Holy Land
June 10, 2007 – February 4, 2008
Exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Man
Vulture Standard, Nahal Mishmar, Chacolithic Period, 4th mill. BCE, Collection of Israel Antiquities Authority
This exhibition reviews the history of profound social change brought about by metallurgy, including the birth of Mediterranean farming, the creation of the first temples and cemeteries, and the emergence of complex societies. The exhibition is based on a National Geographic expedition organized by Professor Thomas Levy (University of California, San Diego), who led a group of international scientists across the deserts of Jordan and Israel to reconstruct ancient trade routes, mining methods, and ore smelting practices that were first used more than 6,000 years ago. Produced by the San Diego Museum of Man and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, in partnership with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the National Geographic Museum, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Calit2, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the exhibition is curated by Prof. Thomas Levy of UCSD and Osnat Misch-Brandl, Curator of Chalcolithic and Canaanite Periods at the Israel Museum.
James Graham and Mendel Diness, Photographers
December 4, 2007 – April 6, 2008
Exhibition at the Yeshiva University Museum, New York
Mendel Diness, Syrian Patriarch of Jerusalem, 1850s
This important exhibition, showcasing works by 19th century photographers James Graham and Mendel Diness, features seventy-five rare vintage prints of the Holy Land. Drawn from the Israel Museum's extensive holdings of vintage 19th century photography of the Holy Land, the exhibition includes the remarkable trove of Diness’ glass plate negatives, silver prints, notebooks and other photographic material accidentally discovered at a Minnesota garage sale in 1989 and now in the collection of the Israel Museum. The exhibition also showcases a unique album of eighty-seven wax paper images by James Graham, taken between 1853 and 1857, and today owned jointly by the Israel Museum and the Center for Jewish History, New York. Following its presentation at the Yeshiva University Museum, the exhibition will travel, with a final showing at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The exhibition's curator is Nissan Perez, Senior Curator of Photography.