|"Russian Season" at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem |
Three Exhibitions Highlighting Painting, Graphic Design, and Photography
in the First Half of the 20th Century in the USSR
The Israel Museum presents its "Russian Season," comprising three exhibitions which offer the public a look at a unique collection of early Soviet propaganda posters and of historical photographs by Jewish camera artists in the USSR, together with a major exhibition of paintings and drawings by the great masters of the Russian
While each exhibition presents its own subject, collectively they illustrate the relations between art and political regime in the first half of the 20 th century, a vibrant and turbulent period in the history of the Soviet Union. Many of the works on view remained inside the Soviet Union for many decades and were only exposed to the West with the fall of the Iron Curtain.
"This series continues a long tradition of exhibitions of Russian art in the Israel Museum, reflecting the prominence which Russian culture enjoys in Israel today," states James Snyder, Director of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. "Many of Israel's pioneers and founders brought with them a Russian cultural heritage, which they passed on to their descendents and which influenced the visual language of modern Israeli art. And during the last thirty years, approximately one million Jews from the former Soviet Union have immigrated to Israel, among them numerous participants in the local art scene today."