Friends of the Israel Museum
The generosity of our international family of friends helps us to provide the rich program of exhibitions, publications, and special events that have become the Israel Museum's hallmark, and which ensure our continued standing as one of the world's leading museums. Contributions to the Israel Museum are tax-deductible in Israel. If you require a receipt for tax deduction in a country other than Israel, please consider directing your gift through one of our International Friends associations.
Friends of the Israel Museum: Annual Gifts
ISRAEL MUSEUM INTERNATIONALS (IMJIs) make up the Israel Museum's global network of young leaders, with active chapters in the United States, Brazil, Canada, and England. IMJIs are invited to exclusive art weekends and events around the world. To join, please contact your local Friends chapters.
DONORS ($2,000) are listed in the Israel Museum Journal, and are invited to events with their local Friends chapters.
INTERNATIONAL PATRONS ($3,000) are listed in the Israel Museum Journal and receive invitations to international events around the world, as well as an International Art Pass entitling free entry to North American and European museums.
GUARDIANS ($7,500) sponsor a week in honor of a person or occasion of your choice, subsidizing entrance fees for children, students, soldiers, disabled persons, and senior citizens. Guardians also receive all benefits of Patrons.
Friends of the Israel Museum: Cumulative Gifts
Cumulative gifts totaling $100,000 or more are recognized in the three special categories:
Sponsors ($100,000 - $249,999)
Benefactors ($250,000 - $999,000)
Founders ($1,000,000 upwards)
Contributors' receive all donor benefits and their names are permanently inscribed in the Museum's Donor Court and are listed in each edition of the Israel Museum Journal.
If you are interested in pursuing possible avenues of involvement, please contact Laura Gilinski, Deputy Director for International Relations and Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +972-2-6708827.
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· 05/29/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | May 2017
· 04/30/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | April 2017
· 03/20/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | March 2017
01/11/2017 - IMJI Newsflash | October 2017
· 07/10/2017 - IMJ Insider | Summer 2017
· 02/27/2017 - IMJ Insider | Winter 2017
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The amazing success story of the Israel Museum can be attributed to our ever-growing network of International Friends who support our activities in a number of ways. Here are some highlights of Friends events around the world.
At Culture on the Cutting Edge: The Swiss Friends of the Israel Museum Gala in Zurich, guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner by a guest Israeli chef, a live auction, and a performance by Israeli hip-hop group HaDag NaHash. The Swiss Friends were delighted to welcome a group of IMJIs – the Museum's network of young patrons – to the evening organized by Co-Chairs Lori Spector and Max Lang.
Photo © BKF, Ulrich Perrey, courtesy of our German Friends
The German Friends of the Israel Museum's successful 2017 "Bridging the Gap" dialogue series, dedicated to the great challenges of the 21st century – reducing prejudices and conflict by building bridges – attracted over 14,000 participants to date. The series is inspired by the IMJ Youth Wing Arab-Jewish art program of the same name supported enthusiastically by the German Friends for many years.
The October lecture explored the duality of political correctness which can be seen as an achievement of liberal democracy, protecting against discrimination, or an ideology that hinders free thought. It was moderated by Dr. h.c. Sonja Lahnstein. Speakers included Renate Künast, Member of the German Bundestag/Green Party; Prof. Dr. h.c. Gesine Schwan, President and Co-founder of HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform gGmbH; and Tuvia Tenenbom, an author and director living in New York.
Photo courtesy of our Canadian Friends
Toronto gallery owner and Canadian Young Associate Troy Seidman (pictured here with his mother Carol) expertly led a private, behind-the-scenes tour for Canadian Friends Annual Partners at Art Toronto, Canada’s largest international modern and contemporary art fair. The tour also included a presentation by world-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.
Photo by PBL photography, courtesy of our Canadian Friends
Our Canadian Friends in Montreal hosted a spectacular evening celebrating the life and legacy of Leonard Cohen at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and a private viewing of A Crack in Everything — an ode to the beloved Montreal icon.
Israeli Friends Gala
Some 500 guests got a behind the scenes glimpse of the Museum at the recent Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum Secrets and Seeds Gala. Museum friends visited the conservation laboratories, learned about the process of researching ancient Andean textiles, and encountered new perspectives about current exhibitions from IMJ curators. Lightning lectures on the Bible, European painting, a secular haggadah, and a multidisciplinary work of art rounded out the evening.
IMJ Sukkot Open House
Seventy friends from around the world participated in the IMJ Sukkot Open House which took place on October 9. Following a light snack in the Museum Sukkah, participants enjoyed a tour of the newly opened Jerusalem in Detail exhibition led by architectural historian David Kroyanker, whose research inspired the exhibition. After Chief Archaeology Curator Haim Gitler presented Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins from the Victor Adda Collection, attendees visited Museum storerooms for a sneak preview of new antiquities finds not yet on display.
On October 3, the French Friends enjoyed an exceptional breakfast at the Parisian home of Baron Eric and Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild, special longtime friends of Les Amis.
AFIM CELEBRACION Gala
The AFIM CELEBRACION Gala took place on October 2 at Cipriani 42nd Street with over 425 guests in attendance. The event was chaired by Lisa Kaufman and Pam and Ed Pantzer. Guests were greeted at the entrance by a mariachi band, and enjoyed music throughout the evening by Migguel Angello. Israeli singer-songwriter and activist David Broza, whose music blends modern pop and Spanish music, gave a special surprise performance.
The Italian Friends of the Israel Museum (AIMIG)
The Italian Friends of the Israel Museum (AIMIG) hosted a group of 37 friends from around the world for a tour of the Venice Biennale led by IMJ Chief Curator of Fine Arts, Mira Lapidot. A highlight of the trip was a visit to Hadassa Goldvicht's The House of Life installation, presented at Palazzo Querini Stampalia—an IMJ collaboration with Meislin Projects. Participants also toured the city of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto with Guido Beltramini, Director of the International Center of Architecture Studies and a world expert on Palladio.
On August 9, the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum Toronto hosted the "One Night Only" POP-UP Museum curated by David Moos. The "Museum," designed in a custom-built home by Matthew Sapera Fine Homes, featured artwork from some of Toronto's top collections. The event raised funds for free entrance to the Israel Museum for Israeli children. Present were Darren Sukonick, CFIM Board Member; Maureen Cogan; Laura Gilinski; Caurie Glickman, CFIM Board Member; Wendy Eisen, CFIM National Co-Chair; James Snyder; Tamara Fine, CFIM Board Member; Pearl Berman, CFIM National Director; and Elliott Eisen, CFIM National Co-Chair (pictured left to right).
Austrian Friends founding Chair Thaddaeus Ropac and Co-Chair Sylvia Liska brought some 75 international friends together for this sixth annual gathering during the Salzburg Festival in July. Highlights of the rich program included the premiere of the La clemenza di Tito opera by Mozart, a welcome dinner at the famous Goldener Hirsch Restaurant hosted by Sylvie Liska, and a Gala Dinner and auction, which took place at the Haus für Mozart. The three-day program included exhibition previews and openings; meetings with artists; and lunches graciously hosted by Richard Feigen and Isabelle Harnoncourt-Feigen, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
International Council 2017
International Council 2017 - Festive Dinner and Concert at Ticho House. Dinner and See the Sounds: Classical Music Festival concert at Ticho House featured world-renowned harpist Xavier de Maistre, baritone Christopher Maltman, and the National Chamber Choir Marin Madrigal of Romania
International Council 2017- Gala Dinner. Dancing at the IC Gala. Our festive IC Gala dinner featured stunning video art, a bold June tone pallet, and a 70's theme.
American Friends (AFIM)
American Friends (AFIM) Spring Luncheon, New York- April 2017. Gala Co-chairs (L-R): Lisa Kaufman, Pamela and Edward Pantzer; Maureen Cogan; James Snyder; and Stacey Bronfman. AFIM's annual Gala raised more than $2.3 million for the museum. The Gala theme was NOW, celebrating dynamic landscape of art and culture in Israel today while referencing trends in contemporary Israeli Cuisine.
Brazilian Friends (AABIM)
Brazilian Friends( AABIM)- art workshop for the younger generation- April 2017. Brazilian Friends (AABIM) held private visit for children which included a hands on art workshop at the Sao Paulo Bienal
Italian Friends (AIMIG)
The AIMIG Gala Dinner at the Palazzo Clerici included an auction of modern and contemporary art by Italian and Israeli artists
French Friends ( Les Amis)
French Friends ( Les Amis) Gala at the Pavilion Vendome, Paris- March 2017. The gorgeous March 2017 Paris Gala drew 200 guests. Friends and artists from France and abroad included the Israel Ambassadress to France Aliza Bin Noun, director of the Centre Pompidou Bernard Blistene, , avid contemporary art collector Laurent Dumas, Baron Eric de Rothschild, director of Christian Dior Sylvie Rousseau, Natalie Rykiel, president of Sonia Rykiel, and artist Christian Boltanski. The successful Gala auction included bestselling pieces by Adel Abdessemed, Fabrice Hyber, Friedrich Kunath and Sigalit Landau.
South African Friends (SAFIM)
South African Friends (SAFIM) VIP program at the Art Fair, Cape Town- February 2017. Chief Art Curator of the Cape Town Art Fair 2017, Tumelo Mosaka, welcomes SAFIM members to their private visit. Cape Town members enjoyed a VIP experience including tickets to the vernissage opening night, a networking breakfast with gallerists, artists, and collectors; a guided tour; and a panel discussing on investing in art.
German Friends studio visit- January 2017. The Annual Meeting of our German Friends took place in Berlin as part of a rich weekend program of cultural activities. German friends and other guests enjoyed visiting art studios, special dinners, and an exclusive guided tour of the restored 18th century Berberini Museum in Potsdam
British Friends (BFAMI)
British Friends (BFAMI) 70th Anniversary Gala Dinner- January 2017. The elegant setting of BFAMI's 70th Anniversary Gala. Celebrated through a gala dinner and an auction; which included works by prominent, emerging Israeli artists, including the guest of honor Ron Arad.
In 2005, the Israel Museum's International Council Co-Chair, Marion Naggar, initiated a series of special commissions by cutting-edge artists to be sold in exclusive limited editions for the benefit of the Museum. Following the success of the commissioned works by Damien Hirst (2005 – Sold Out), limited editions have been released by Yinka Shonibare, MBE, (2007), Ron Arad (2008), Liza Lou (2010), William Kentridge (2011– Sold Out), Arik Levy (2014), Jeff Koons (2015– Sold Out), Olafur Eliasson (2016) and most recently Ai Weiwei (2017)
To purchase a limited edition of any of the works below, please contact Carina Auerbach at email@example.com, +972-2-670-8890
Hands without Bodies, 2017, Ai Weiwei
Porcelain, life-sized (approx. 50 x 20 cm), edition of 50. Price: $50,000
Hands without Bodies is a life-sized work done in celadon-glazed porcelain, reflecting the artist's deep commitment to the belief that the future of humanity relies on the strength of the connections between people.
Ai Weiwei, 2013, Hans Werner Holzwarth
Hardcover, clothbound, wrapped in a silk scarf, 33 x 44 cm, 724 pages, edition of 1,000 + 200 APs. Price: £900
This book, signed by the artist, is the first comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei's life and work. Compiled in close collaboration with Ai and with direct access to his own archives, it explores the artist's particular brand of expression and activism over more than 700 pages of images and text.
Your Reversed Berlin Sphere, 2016, Olafur Eliasson
Color print on Fuji crystal archive II paper (matte) mounted on dibond, color-effect filter glass, glass, wood frame, 92.7 x 92.7 cm, limited edition of 40. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing.
Seated Ballerina, 2015, Jeff Koons
Wooden sculpture (46 x 43 x 25 cm), produced in an edition of 50 + 10 APs in commemoration of the Museum's 50th Anniversary year in 2015. Seated Ballerina is priced at $50,000 (excluding VAT and shipping). All pieces are signed and numbered.
Illusion, 2014, Arik Levy
Series of unique, mouth-blown sculptured vases in silvered and colored art glass (40 x 20 cm). The silver vase is an edition of 40 + 2 APs, priced at $10,000 and the colored vase is part of an edition of 20 + 2 APs, priced at $15,000 (excluding VAT and shipping). All pieces will be signed by the artist and issued a certificate of authenticity.
Followed the retrospective exhibition, William Kentridge: Five Themes Glass Water Jug (25 x 24 x 18 cm) is signed WK and numbered, and is available at $22,500 (excluding VAT and shipping).
Gather Forty, 2010, Liza Lou
Series comprised of 40 individual sculptures featuring gold-plated beads threaded onto 400 individual strands of stainless steel wire and bound into a single sheaf (25 x 12 cm) to create a circular field. The sculpture is available for $22,500 (excluding VAT and shipping) and is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from the artist.
Culture Flower, 2007, Yinka Shonibare, MBE
Image courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery
A delicate bouquet of hand-made fabric flowers arranged in a hand-blown opaque black glass vase. (30 x 27 cm). The exuberant bouquet of gardenias, camellias, peonies and roses is made from the artist's signature African fabric. Each flower has been hand selected by the artist from a different batik cloth, and in each arrangement in this edition of 40, the choice of fabric flowers is varied, making each piece unique. The work is priced at $30,000 (excluding shipping and VAT) and includes a signed certificate of authenticity by the artist.
PizzaKobra Light, 2014, designer and architect Ron Arad
Small masterpiece of art technology that can be transformed from a flat coil into a unique object of fluid design and can be positioned into a variety of configurations. PizzaKobra is part of an edition of 40, available at $15,000 (excluding VAT and shipping). Each piece is signed by the artist and numbered.
Traveling Loans and Exhibitions
Highlights of the Archaeology Wing, on extended loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority
The Regensburg Pentateuch from Germany
Mishneh Torah from northern Italy (jointly owned by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Exhibition: Jerusalem in the Middle Ages
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
September 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017
A Brief History of Humankind
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
November 22, 2016 – March 26, 2017
The Association of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum is dedicated to developing and cultivating relations between the Museum and its community of friends and supporters in Israel. The Association strives to bring its members closer to the broad and diverse activities of the Museum and, in turn, its members promote the Museum and its programs to a wider audience. The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution and only encyclopedic museum in Israel, and is today considered to be one of the leading museums in the world. Its holdings include the world's most comprehensive collections of archaeology of the Holy Land and Jewish Art and Life, as well as significant and extensive holdings in the Fine Arts, ranging from Old Masters to Contemporary Art. Its dynamic Department of Israel Art houses major works by veteran artists, as well as works by young contemporary artists. The Museum is also home to the Shrine of the Book housing the renowned Dead Sea Scrolls, a five-acre Art Garden, and a large and active Youth Wing for Art Education.
Those wishing to join the Association of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum should note that 80% of membership fees are recognized as a tax-deductible donation. Several membership options are offered, all of which carry the following benefits:
- Free admission for four family members to the Israel Museum, including the Shrine of the Book, as well as to the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum
- Invitation to curator-led guided tours of new exhibitions after regular Museum hours – for members only
- Invitation to special cultural trips abroad, including viewings of private collections (supplementary fee required)
- Group visits to private collections and museums in Israel
- Meetings with Israeli artists
- Invitation to the Museum's International Council (supplementary fee required)
- Discounts to films, concerts, and performances at the Museum
- Discounts at the Museum shops and restaurants, including the Ticho House restaurant
- Invitation to new exhibition openings
- Mailings of the Museum's quarterly Events Calendar and bi-annual Israel Museum Magazine
- Use of the Israel Museum Art Library
Friend (annual donation of NIS 1,500) All of the benefits listed above
Israeli Patron (annual donation of NIS 4,000) All of the above benefits, plus listing in the internationally distributed annual Israel Museum Journal
International Patron (annual donation of NIS 12,000) All of the above benefits, plus listing in the internationally distributed annual Israel Museum Journal. International Patrons also receive a Guggenheim Art Pass granting free admission, for two, to several major museums abroad.
Guardian (annual donation of NIS 30,000) Guardians sponsor a week in honor of the person or occasion of their choice. Their contribution subsidizes admission fees for children, students, soldiers, the disabled, and senior citizens. The Guardian's name appears on a plaque in the Museum's Entrance Pavilion for the duration of the sponsored week, as well as in the Israel Museum Journal. Guardians receive all of the above benefits and a Guggenheim Art Pass granting free admission, for two, to several major museums abroad.
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