Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art

December 22, 2016-April 16, 2017

Location: Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art

Artist: Maurycy Gottlieb, Marc Chagall, E. M. Lilien, Reuven Rubin, Igael Tumarkin, Moshe Gershuni, Motti Mizrachi, Menashe Kadishman, Michal Na’aman, Adi Nes, and Sigalit Landau and more.

Curator: Amitai Mendelsohn

From the 19th century until today, Jewish and Israeli artists have engaged with the figure of Jesus, addressing complex questions of collective and individual identity. This exhibition, the result of extensive scholarly research, presents multivalent, unexpected, and at times subversive artistic responses: European artists reclaimed Jesus as a Jew and portrayed him as a symbol of Jewish suffering, and Zionist artists used the resurrection as a metaphor for the rebirth of the Jewish homeland; some Israeli artists related to Jesus as a social rebel or misunderstood prophet, while others identified with his personal torment or his sacrifice for the sake of humanity, which they connected to more recent victims of intolerance and warfare. 


Adi Nes
Untitled, 1999

Mordechai (Motti) Mizrachi
From the series Via Dolorosa, 1973

Igael Tumarkin
Mita Meshuna (the Artist's Monogram), 1984