Beauty and the Book

May 9, 2005-March 15, 2006
Location: Ruth Youth Wing
Curator: Hagit Allon, Smadar Gafni
Books have long been the cornerstone of culture. This exhibition captures the magic, enjoyment, and imaginative power of books, in their many forms – from medieval manuscripts to the latest publications: rare books, artists' books, sacred books, children's books that connect us to our deepest memories, and books that inspire philosophical questions. Books and the act of reading are presented in painting, photography, and sculpture, and in interactive environments. The exhibition also features corners where readers of all ages can leaf through books, old and new, in surroundings that range from workroom and coffee house to a computer screen and even a railway carriage.