Secrets and Ties: Wondrous Connections in the Israel Museum Collections

July 25, 2008-November 22, 2008

Location: Weinstein Gallery, Ruth Youth Wing

Curator: David Ibgui and Ido Bruno

With its campus renewal project fully underway, the Museum has begun a program of changing installations in its Youth Wing to showcase masterpieces from its collections in Fine Art, Archeology, and Judaica and Jewish Ethnography, to ensure that major works from the Museum’s vast holdings of 500,000 objects are always available for its visitors. The first such exhibition presented major works from the collections, representing different cultures and periods in dialogue with one another, connected by a common theme – representations of the human being. A "Zionist" carpet, a Dutch family, an Egyptian foot, and avant-garde furniture – all were presented here together, revealing that despite their disparate origins, they are tied visually and thematically to each other. Secrets and Ties strove to create new connections among works of art and evoke personal interpretations of works already familiar to the public. Curator: David Ibgui, Chief Curator of the Ruth Youth Wing