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Dear Visitors,

As we enter 2012, we continue to celebrate the strength of our collection displays, exhibitions, and programs, all within the setting of our beautifully renewed campus - with six new exhibitions having opened in November and December alone. In January, we inaugurate our new Focus exhibition series, beginning with Rubens, Venus, and Adonis: Anatomy of a Tragedy, highlighting our own Death of Adonis, ca. 1614, by Peter Paul Rubens, surrounded by twenty-four related works from our collection and on loan from collections worldwide; and, in March, we open the next annual exhibition in our Youth Wing for Art Education, Good Night, offering a family exhibition experience. And of course all visitors are welcome to enjoy our seasonal program of lectures, performances, and special events at the Museum and at Ticho House.

On every front, we are continuing to explore the potential of our new landscape in every possible way - even taking our Dead Sea Scrolls to new technological heights by launching them, powered by Google, in ultra-high resolution on the Museum's website, drawing more than one million virtual visitors from over 200 countries in less than four days.

We thank you all for your ongoing support and participation and look forward to seeing you in the weeks and months ahead.

With warmest wishes for 2012,
James S. Snyder
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director

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Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project

The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history.

» to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project

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  Peter Paul Rubens
The Death of Adonis (with Venus, Cupid, and the Three Graces)
  Rubens, Venus, and Adonis: Anatomy of a Tragedy
From January 11, 2011
The Death of Adonis, circa 1614, a monumental oil painting by the Flemish Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens, was chosen to launch a series of exhibitions highlighting masterpieces from the Museum's collection... Drawings, sketches, and other paintings on the same subject will shed light on this master artist's creative process...The British Museum, The Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, and The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge are among the institutions that have lent their works to the exhibition.
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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Shlomit Steinberg January 24 » details
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  Maria Blaisse, Sphere from the   Curious Minds: New Approaches in Design

The exhibition presents about 30 international designers from Europe, Asia, and the US whose works map out new territories and encourage a new discourse about the role of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. Some of these designers also address social, political, and environmental concerns, bringing together new partnerships between designers and researchers of other fields such as science or biology.
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Gallery Talk: With Nira Ben-Ezra
January 17, 31 » details
Anonymous, Cuzco School, Peru, 18th century, Archangel with Musket, Oil on canvas
  Divine Messengers: Angels in Art

This exhibition presents works by the Baroque painters Pieter Lastman, Jacob Jordaens, and Pedro Orrente, and prints by German Renaissance artists depicting scenes from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, alongside paintings from the Cuzco Spanishcolonial school, Islamic art, and illuminated ketubbot (Jewish marriage contracts) - all replete with angels. Holding pride of place in the exhibition is Paul Klee's emblematic Angelus Novus.

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Archive of the Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon
  Sharon Lockhart: Noa

At the heart of this exhibition is the meeting between artist Sharon Lockhart and the work and personality of choreographer Noa Eshkol, who developed (in collaboration with Prof. Abraham Wachman) a notation system describing human movement. Lockhart's five-channel film installation presents in an original way some of Eshkol's works, recreated by dancers who actually studied with her. » read on
Gallery Talk: With exhibition Co-curator Talia Amar
December 20 » details

  Jules Perahim (Blumenfeld)
The God of War, 1037
Tempera and ink on cardboard. The National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest
   Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Romania

This exhibition of 90 works, created between 1910-1938, explores the question of center and periphery and illuminates the role of Jewish artists in the avant-garde. Works by Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Victor Brauner, M. H. Maxy, Paul Paun, Jules Perahim, and Arthur Segal,seen outside of Romania for the first time at the organizing venue of this exhibition - the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam - are now revealed at the Israel Museum
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Gallery Talk: With curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan
January 11 » details
  Hiraki Sawa, Going Places Sitting Down, 2004
Three-channel video projection, 8:30 mins.
Purchase, Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee of 
American Friends of the Israel Museum, New York


Magic Lantern: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

The works in this exhibition, all of which are new in the Museum's collection, are linked by a shared theme: enchantment. Magic Lantern embraces a range of mediums (installation, photography, video, film), hearkening back to the earliest way in which images were projected onto a screen. Participating artists include Dana Levy, Adrian Paci, Tacita Dean, Jonathan Monk, and Yehudit Sasportas.
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Gallery Talk: With curator Amitai Mendelsohn
January 3 » details

  Rudi Lehmann, The Three Graces (Geese), 1960,
Gift of Hedwig Grossmann-Lehmann, Givatayim
  The Wood Menagerie: Works by Rudi Lehmann

German-born Rudi Lehmann (1977-1908) was a sculptor and printmaker. His numerous woodcuts and sculptures, most of which represent animals, manage to convey the essence of their subject in a distilled, tender, naive and human way. Though he never achieved wide recognition, Lehmann influenced generations of artists, and his remarkable sculptures make him one of the most important Israeli sculptors of his time...In the Ticho House
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  Amphora, From Made by Ennion: Ancient Glass, 1st-2nd century, Treasures from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection   Made by Ennion: Ancient Glass Treasures from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection
Closing January 28, 2012

Presenting a small but outstanding group of 1st-century CE mold-blown glass vessels - including a number of pieces that rank among the highest achievements in glassworking of all time - the exhibition sheds light on the story of master glassworker Ennion ...

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  Children looking at Guy Ben-Ner's Treehouse Kit, 2005

Life: A User's Manual
Through February 2, 2012

The works in the exhibition address, the culture of "Do It Yourself" and the role of instructions and regulations in daily life. In most of the works, instructions are subverted, emphasizing the absurdity and internal contradictions often found in reality.

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  Aviva Uri, At the Circus, 1958
Pencil, crayon, and charcoal on paper
Gift of Bertha Urdang, Jerusalem and New York


New Special Exhibit: Circus People
From January 17

American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was fascinated with the circus...Prints based on his drawings capturing its spectacular atmosphere will be presented here. They will be joined by prints by Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as by Aviva Uri's drawings on the same subject. All of the works on display are from the Museum's collection of Prints and Drawings.

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  El Greco, St. John the Evangelist, 1597-1604, Oil on canvas

Special Exhibit: El Greco: St. John the Evangelist, 1597-1604
Closing January 15

Special loan from the Prado Museum, Madrid This masterpiece by the prominent painter El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), who was active in Toledo in the early 17th century, is displayed here in celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between Spain and Israel.

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Gallery Talk: With curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan January 11 » details

  Sacrificial Altar, Tel Beersheba, 8th Century BC, sandstone

Special Exhibit: Offering Sacrifices

The expression "to seize the horns of the altar" traces its origin to the ancient custom whereby criminals seeking refuge would hold onto this sanctified part of the altar to avoid punishment. Such horns are clearly visible in this First-Temple-Period altar, which was probably used for burnt animal offerings in a Judahite shrine in the city of Beersheba.
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All educational and cultural activities for the public taking place in the Museum are within the framework of:
The Sandra Rotman Cultural Program
. All programs are in
Hebrew unless otherwise indicated.


Lectures and Cultural Programs

Japan in Jerusalem: Special Event Marking 60 Years of Japan-Israel Relations and a Tribute to Collector Jacob Pins
January 10

Japan-Israel: 60 Years of Cultural Relations Prof. Ben Ami Shiloni, Hebrew University
Ink on Gold - Masterpieces of Japanese Art Dr. Shalmit Bejarano, Hebrew University
Hidden Treasure: Jacob Pins - The Man and His Collection Rebecca Bitterman, former Senior Curator of Asian Art, Israel Museum
Japanese Influences in the Art of Jacob Pins Dr. Nili Tal-Shahar, Tel Aviv University
Japanese Influences in Israeli Architecture Arie Kutz, architect and president of the Israel-Japan Friendship Society

The event is held in collaboration with the Israel-Japan Society Israel-Japan Friendship Society
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VIP 13 in Ticho House
Wed January 2, 8 pm

The Wood Menagerie: The Animals Around and Within Us
In conjunction with the exhibition of woodcuts and sculptures by Rudi Lehmann
An evening of video art with Nira Pereg, Yoav Shmueli, Gilad Ratman, and others, and poetry readings by Yaakov Aladjem, Israel Eliraz, Shay Dotan, Nadav Linial, and Noam Partompt.
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The Seventh Art: On Art and Cinema

Scholars, film directors, and critics discuss the relations between cinema - the seventh art - and the six classical art forms that preceded it, focusing on artists who crossed the border and became filmmakers.

Cinema and Music: Hear the Movie, See the Music
January 17

Music plays an important role in the storytelling of a film. Conductor Roy Oppenheim discusses the relationship between soundtrack and image and between director and composer, focusing on Steven Spielberg and John Williams.
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Temples and Shrines

This interdisciplinary series explores ancient and modern shrines from the point of view of archaeology, art history, folklore, architecture, and more.

Sanctified Sand: The Archaeology of Biblical Shrines
January 10
Eran Arie, Associate Curator of Israelite and Persian Periods

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Green Time
Enjoyable morning workshop: come make jewelry, purses, and other ecological art objects under the guidance of artist Telma Schultz.

Papier-mache January 17
Basket weaving with newspapers January 25
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Special and Private Events
For further details call, 02-670-8985

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Gallery Talks
January 3, 10, 11, 17, 24, 31.

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Concerticho Renewed: Romanticho
For further details call, 02-6708960
Alternate Wednesdays
January 11, 25

Music, wine, and romance in the Ticho House: New concert series featuring top musician. A glass of wine will be served prior to the concert.
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Guided Tours

Guided Tours for Adult Groups The guided tour brings artworks to life, enriching their cultural context and the visitor's emotional experience. The renewed Museum offers a large selection of activities and tours adapted to each groups.

To arrange guided tours for groups, call 670-8884 Fax 670-8076 (Emilia) NIS 55 per person (includes admission to Museum; regular admission fee is NIS 48).

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  Tel Aviv, 1941  

Special Exhibit - Der Struwwelpeter: Or How (Not) to Behave
Through February 5

In conjunction with the exhibition Life: A User's Manual - This exhibition presents Heinrich Hoffmann's Der Struwwelpeter books in their various adaptations and translations, along with rare early editions , and objects and toys inspired by the wild hero.
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  Sasha Galitsky, Illustration   The Wonderland Experience: Sasha Galitsky after Gennady Kalinovsky
In the Youth Wing Library

Sasha Galitsky became acquainted with the art of Gennady Kalinovsky (1929-2006) through his illustrations of Alice in Wonderland, published in 1974. Both artists were born in Russia (Galitsky immigrated to Israel in 1990) and began to paint at a very early age, participating in children's contests and receiving enthusiastic responses; and both love working with wood.

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Recycling Workshop

Where Ecology Meets Art: In conjunction with the exhibition Life: A User's Manual, children are invited to choose between "self-service" - free of guidelines - and "full-service" - offering a kit containing materials and assembly insturctions.

January, 3, 10, 24, 31 Tues 4-7 pm | Ages 3-9 | NIS 15 | For details, call 670-8963
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Activities in the Illustrations Library

Mondays in the Illustrations Library: Big Art for Little Artists
In this series of meetings with Michal Kerer, storytelling inspires children to create their own works of art.

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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Tuesdays in the Illustrations Library: Big Art for Little Artists
For slightly older children, who are either new or continuing in the program

January 3, 10, 17 (See Triple Tuesdays below), 24, 31
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Triple Tuesdays
Every third Tuesday of the month, three activities in one one ticket (can only be purchased for all three activities)
Angels in the Museum: Flying like angels
Guided tour of the exhibition Divine Messengers with Alit Etrog Heiman
Angels and more - art workshop with Telma Schultz Angels from the Youth Wing collection

January 17
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Archaeological Tell

Children and their parents are invited to learn about the various stages of an archaeological dig.
Open during regular Museum hours. (Workbook at no extra charge)
Be an Archaeologist for a Day (details below in Birthdays at the Museum)

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Birthdays at the Museum

Celebrate your child's birthday at the Museum on weekday afternoons. You provide the refreshments, we take care of all the rest! Select the program of your choice:

Birthday in the Exhibition: | Ages 5 - 9
Games, challenges, and surprises in the framework of the Youth Wing exhibition

Archaeologist for a Day | Ages 6 - 10
Children try their hand at digging for ancient artifacts in the Youth Wing's reconstructed tell and take part in an archaeology workshop, after which they prepare a light meal with prehistoric flavor in the cave in the Youth Wing courtyard.

Fairy Tale Birthday | Ages 4 - 6
Birthday parties for kindergarten children filled with stories and activities in the spirit of the Youth Wing Library's illustrated book heroes.

For details and reservations, call 02-677-1302

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The Israel Museum around the world

Zvi Goldstein - Haunted by Objects, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf
November 13, 2011- February 26, 2012
All of the objects in the installation are drawn from the Israel Museums' collections
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Judaism: A World of Stories, De Nieuwe Kerk and Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
December 17, 2011 - April 15, 2012
Among the exhibition's highlights, and on display in the Netherlands for the first time, is a 1st-century Dead Sea Scroll on loan from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
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Jacques Lipchitz, "Beelden aan Zee" Museum, The Hague
January 30, 2011 - June 3, 2012
The artist's bronze sketches and other sculptures from the Museum collection
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Temples and Shrines

This interdisciplinary series explores ancient and modern shrines from the point of view of archaeology, art history, folklore, architecture, and more.

Sanctified Sand: The Archaeology of Biblical Shrines
January 10
Eran Arie, Associate Curator of Israelite and Persian Periods

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Discounts to members
in the shops, cafes, and Museum and Ticho House restaurants,
when purchasing tickets for friends who join you on a visit to the Museum, and in a variety of venues throughout Israel.

Special deals for Jerusalem Opera Festival tickets » detail


Gallery Talk | January 3 | Magic Lantern » details
Gallery Talk | January 10 | Permanent Exhibition of Japanese Art » details
Gallery Talk | January 11 - morning | Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Romania » details
Gallery Talk | January 17, 31 | Curious Minds: New Approach in Design » details
Gallery Talk | January 24 | Rubens, Venus, and Adonis » details
Gallery Talk | February 7 | Magic Lantern
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Honor your friends with a contribution to the Israel Museum. A personalized certificate acknowledging your donation towards educational and youth activities at the Museum will be issued by the office of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum: 02-670-8815, 677-1344
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The shop is open during regular Museum hours, and also from 10 am on Tuesdays
A selection of posters, postcards, greeting cards, and folders at a 50% discount
A selection of shirts, bags, and hats at a 20% discount

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Illustration Library in the Youth Wing

Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center, in Memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider
Closed to the public; reopening to be announced on Museum website» details


Wheelchairs and lockers are available at the Entrance Pavilion. Coat check and folding chairs are available at the end of the Route of Passage, near the elevators. Please inquire at the Information Desk.

The Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book are open:
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am - 5 pm
Tues 4-9 pm | Fri 10 am - 2 pm
Sat 10 am - 5 pm


The Museum keeps its doors open with the help of its Guardian friends:

Jan 1-7
The Leon Levy Foundation

Gallery Talks courtesy of the Morton L. and Barbara Mandel Fund

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of those who contribute to its exhibitions:

Curious Minds: Association of Friends of the Museum in Germany; Austrian Cultural Forum, Tel Aviv; BI ARTS (British Israeli Arts Training Scheme), British Council; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Sports of Israel; Design Flaanderen, Belgium; Donors to the 2011 Exhibition Fund*; Embassy of Belgium in Israel; Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Israel; Embassy of Spain in Israel and Instituto Cervantes, Tel Aviv; Flemish Ministry of Culture, Belgium; Goethe-Institut, Jerusalem; Institut Français, Tel Aviv; National Arts Council, Singapore, and Singapore International Foundation; IKEA Israel; Objet Geometries, Rehovot
Magic Lantern, Jewish Avant-Garde, Sharon Lockhart, Divine Messengers, New in the Collection: Donors to the 2011 Exhibition Fund*
Life: A User's Manual: The Marianna Griessmann Youth Wing Fund, London, The Morris Rodman Fund, Washington D.C., The J. Weinstein Foundation in honor of Joe and Celia Weinstein,Donors to the 2010 Exhibition Fund*
Made by Ennion: Aliza and Shlomo Moussaieff, Herzliya; Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn, Zurich, The Arnold and Maud Spaer Family, Jerusalem.Donors to the 2011 Exhibition Fund*
Rubens, Venus, and Adonis - Good Night: Donors to the 2012 Exhibition Fund*
Offering Sacrifices: David Cahn, Basel, in memory of his father, Herbert A. Cahn
*Donors to the Israel Museum's 2011-2012 Exhibition Funds: Claudia Davidoff, Cambridge, MA, in memory of Ruth and Leon Davidoff, Hanno D. Mott, New York, The Nash Family Foundation, New York

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