Swords into Plowshares
The Isaiah Scroll and Its Message of Peace
Closing August 15, 2008
The Shrine of the Book
The Isaiaha Scroll (1QIsaa), Qumran, cave 1, circa 100 BCE
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On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel, the Israel Museum presents the longest, best preserved, and most complete Dead Sea Scroll document ever found, in a special installation in the Shrine of the Book. Never before shown in an extended public display, this 2.60 meter-long section of the Isaiah Scroll comprises the first twenty-eight chapters of the Book of Isaiah, including Isaiah’s celebrated message of peace: "They shall beat their swords into plowshares…" (Is. 2:4). In order to illustrate this important message, iron tools from the days of the prophet Isaiah (8th century BCE) will be displayed alongside the Scroll. A Hellenistic seal depicting a dove carrying an olive branch, newly excavated and never before displayed, will also be on view.
The exhibition is curated by Adolfo Roitman, Head of the Shrine of the Book and Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Michal Dayagi-Mendels, Chief Curator of Archaeology.
An international conference on Dead Sea Scrolls research will be held July 6-8, 2008, and is scheduled to coincide with the exhibition.
Real Time: Art in Israel 1998–2008
Closing August 30, 2008
Sigalit Landau, born 1969
RomaManai and Iranian Atom, 2008
in The Dining Hall, Kunst Werke, Berlin, 2007
As part of the project "Sixty Years of Art in Israel", six major Israeli museums are each presenting artwork from one of the decades of the nation’s history. The Museum’s exhibition, which presents a comprehensive survey of Israeli art from the past ten years, includes pieces by some forty artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation; among these works are several created especially for the exhibition. All the artists featured here made their debut on the artistic scene within the last decade, bringing with them a new creative spirit. Dread of global catastrophe and a yearning to escape to distant borders – real or imagined – characterize many of their works. The artists seem to be seeking refuge in wild, primordial, or sublime landscapes and in fantastic, mythological worlds. Those works that do deal with local contexts do so either from above, framing the political present in mythical time, or by revealing dark undercurrents hidden beneath the impassive surface of Israeli society.
The exhibition comprises works by artists such as Sigalit Landau, Yehudit Sasportas, Guy Ben-Ner, Adi Nes, Gal Weinstein, Eliezer Sonnenschein, Zoya Cherkassky, Yael Bartana, and Gil Marco Shani.
Curators: Amitai Mendelsohn, Curator of Israeli Art, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Efrat Natan, Guest Curator
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The Israel Museum Ben-Yitzhak Award for
the Illustration of a Children's Book, 2008
Ruth Youth Wing Library
Original works from books that earned their illustrators an award: David Polonsky (Gold Medal); Batia Kolton (Silver Medal); Lena Guberman, Yana Bukler, Ofra Amit, and Yaniv Shimony (honorable mentions).
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Signs of Life: Animating Ticho House
Closing September 26, 2008
This exhibition seeks to animate Ticho House though works of art that whisper and move within its walls. “Animation” is interpreted not in the narrow sense of a cinematic medium, but in the broader sense of giving life to inanimate objects. The exhibition, curated by Mira Lapidot, features works in sculpture, video and animation, most of which exhibit movement. Together they revive Ticho House's forgotten corners and enliven its rooms.
The subject of Signs of Life is inspired by its setting: the house that was purchased by Dr. Albert and Anna Ticho and became their private home, as well as an eye clinic, a studio and a meeting place for Jerusalem’s artists and intellectuals. In addition to its function as art gallery and cultural center, Ticho House also acts as a monument to its former owners, freezing time at a certain moment and in this sense bringing life to a halt. The works in the exhibition relate to the house – its architecture and furnishings, the various functions it has served, and the collection of art and objects it contains – and appear to become part of it. And yet, none of them was created specifically for the venue or exhibition; all are existing artworks that were chosen because of their elusive qualities of movement and animation. In Ticho House they endow a place that is about memory and the past with new signs of life.
Among the works on display:
• Dror Daum’s Paper Work (Fire), a video work, features ribbons of red crepe paper tied to a grating in the sidewalk, so that the hot wind coming from below blows the ribbons in the air, giving them the appearance of flames in the street. Its placement in Ticho House – above the hearth – suggests the possibility of reigniting the fire in what was once a home full of warmth.
• Raaya Karas’s Some Place for Tomorrow, an animated film featuring the artist’s grandmother, today over 90 years old, reading a letter in German she wrote in March 1942 to her then fiancé after the war forced them to part. Karas does not set out to illustrate the events described in the letter, but rather presents a young woman – her grandmother – busy with domestic chores. The internal reality appears to well up in her and spill over, affecting external reality as well.
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Looted Art from the Holocaust in the Israel Museum
Closing August 23, 2008
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Showcasing some forty paintings, drawings, prints, and books, together with two dozen examples of recovered Jewish ceremonial objects, this exhibition tells the story of art that was looted by the Nazis during World War II, discovered by the Allies in hiding places throughout Germany after the war, and brought to Israel during the early 1950s by the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization (JRSO). The works – including paintings by Jan Both, Marc Chagall, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Egon Schiele, and Alfred Sisley – arrived with little if any documentation of prior ownership and have been held in custody by the Israel Museum since it inherited the holdings of the Bezalel National Museum in 1965.
Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Marriage Portrait of Charlotte von Rothschild, 1836
Received through JRSO
Catalogue in French and English
Place: Beningson Gallery, Ruth Youth Wing
Beliefs and Believers: Ancient Art from the Israel Museum
Some thirty objects of critical and artistic merit, drawn from the permanent collection of the Israel Museum, shed light on the religion and rituals of the Land of Israel's early inhabitants. Featured among the works in the exhibition is a thirteenth-century BCE statue of the storm god, a prehistoric statue dated at approximately 10,000 years, ritual objects of the faithful, and breathtaking stone sculptures portraying Dionysus and Artemis. These works are shown in the Rockefeller Museum following the closure of the Israel Museum's archaeology galleries as part of the Museum's campus renewal program.
Special shuttle bus and guided tour of the Rockefeller Museum >>>
Place: Rockefeller Museum
Model of Jerusalem in the Late Second Temple Period
In the year 66 CE, the Great Revolt against the Romans erupted, resulting in the destruction of the city and the Temple. The ancient city was then at its largest, covering an area of approximately 445 acres. The model thus reflects ancient Jerusalem at its peak. Built at the initiative of Hans Kroch, owner of the Holyland Hotel, in memory of his son Jacob, who fell in Israel's War of Independence, the model opened to the public in the early 1960s on the premises of the hotel, and has now been relocated to the Israel Museum.
Three main sources were used to reconstruct the appearance of the city: writings from the Roman period, ancient cities similar to Jerusalem, and archaeological discoveries from Jerusalem itself. Extensive excavations in Jerusalem have greatly enhanced our understanding of the ancient city and enabled us to update the model, and it is expected that such work will continue in the future.
Place: Shrine of the Book Complex
Matters of Eternity
An intimate display of highlights from the Museum’s Archaeology Wing evokes subjects that lay at the heart of the ancient world: religious faith and ritual, divine law, gods and earthly rulers, the powerful cycle of nature and concern for the world to come – all regarded as matters of eternity. These important objects include: the fragment from a 9thcentury BCE Aramean monument that mentions the House of David; a Roman sculpture of the goddess Kore, whose annual return from the underworld heralded the coming of spring and the rebirth of nature; and a 5th-century CE mosaic floor adorned with Jewish symbols of redemption.
Place: Youth Wing Foyer
A Wandering Bible: The Aleppo Codex
The amazing story of the Aleppo Codex, the most authoritative manuscript of the Masoretic text of the Bible, which was written in Tiberias in the 10th century, preserved by the Jewish community of Aleppo from the 14th century on, and brought to Israel in the 1950s. The Codex is accompanied by rare biblical manuscripts from the Late Second Temple Period and the Middle Ages and by related Jewish and Muslim objects.
Place: Shrine of the Book, Lower Level
Song of the Sea: An Unknown Scroll Fragment from the 8th Century
A rare Torah manuscript from "the silent period" – some 500 years, between the 3rd and 8th centuries, from which almost no Hebrew biblical manuscripts have been found. Apparently written in Egypt, this fragment of a Torah scroll contains a section of the book of Exodus, including one of the earliest and most beautiful examples of biblical poetry, the Song of the Sea. The text of the manuscript is strikingly similar to the traditional Masoretic version familiar from later Bible codices (dating from the 9th century on). It constitutes a link between these medieval manuscripts and more ancient texts from the late Second Temple period, found in the Judean Desert. This special exhibit is on loan courtesy of the Rare Book Department at Duke University, North Carolina.
Place: Shrine of the Book Complex