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Dear Visitors,

Our landmark exhibition Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey continues to draw enthusiastic audiences – with 230,000 visitors thus far. And we have launched Color Gone Wild: Fauve and Expressionist Masterpieces from the Merzbacher Collection, recalling the record-breaking 1998 exhibition that marked the public debut of this important collection of early modern art and showcasing works acquired since that time. Also among our summer highlights, Christian Marclay's The Clock returns for its second showing, following its acclaimed premiere at the Museum in 2011, and will be presented twice in its entirety in 24-hour screenings. And, during August, we will inaugurate special summer hours every Tuesday and Wednesday, enabling you to make the most of what the Museum has to offer – including twilight tours of the Art Garden and a rich program of summer evening activities and events.

We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a wonderful summer season in the landscape of our very special Jerusalem setting.

James S. Snyder
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director

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  Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
The Unicycle Rider. Ca. 1911
Oil on canvas

Color Gone Wild: Fauve and Expressionist Masterworks from the Merzbacher Collection

Vibrant, boldly colored masterpieces by Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Wassily Kandinsky, and other artists express the artists's freedom from social and artistic conventions.
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Gallery Talk: Wed. August 28 | 11 am | Hebrew | Registration 02-677-1302
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Private Tours: Contact Emilia 02-670-8884; emilia@imj.org.il

  Anna Ticho, Flowers, 1965, Watercolor  

A Gentle Storm: Large-scale Works by Anna Ticho

Colorful, sweeping landscapes and delicate watercolors of flowers are displayed throughout the house in which Anna Ticho lived.
At Ticho House

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  Christian Marclay: The Clock  

Christian Marclay: The Clock

A 24-hour montage of thousands of film excerpts indicating the passage of time unfolding in a real time.
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24-hour screening: Wed.-Thurs., August 28-29, 5 pm - 5 pm
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Gallery Talks: Tues. August 13 | 7 pm | Hebrew
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  Tim Gardner,
Figure Watching the Moon, 2006, Watercolor on paper

Back to Nature: Landscapes Drawn by Masters

A selection of works ranging from realism to abstraction by artists spanning several centuries, including Annibale Carracci, Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Lorrain, William Turner, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Emil Nolde, Joseph Zaritsky, Avigdor Arikha, and Aviva Uri.
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  Tamar Harpaz
Detail vrom Girl-to-Gorilla, 2012
Installation: plate glass, flashlight, dimmer system  


The artworks in this exhibition for the entire family make us think we see things that don't actually exist in reality, inviting us to reexamine what we thought we knew.
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  Gabriel Revelation, Hebrew inscription, 1st century BCE - 1st century CE, Collection of Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn, Zurich  

"I Am Gabriel": A Scroll in Stone from the Time of Herod

An ancient Hebrew text inscribed on a stone stands at the focus of this exhibition, opening a window onto the spiritual world of its writers in the Second Temple period. The inscription is presented along with rare manuscripts, including ancient copies of the Bible, New Testament, and Qur'an.
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  Michael Aitsinger, 
Terra Promissionis (The Promised Land)
Hand-colored engraving, by Frans Hogenberg, Koeln, 1581  

Mapping the Holy Land: Cartographic Treasures from the Trevor and Susan Chinn Collection in the Israel Museum

A veritable treasure trove of ancient maps, several of them rare and of great significance, representing some of the most important schools of mapping Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
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  View of the exhibition  

Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey

Taking you on a journey from the legendary king's Palace in Jericho, where he died, to the site of his burial at Herodium, the exhibition tells the fascinating story of Herod's reign in the Kingdom of Judea.
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Gallery Talks: Tues. August 20, August 27 and September 3 | 7 pm | Hebrew | Registration 02-677-1302
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  View of the Yehudit Sasportas: Seven Winters exhibition  

Yehudit Sasportas: Seven Winters

Experience the beauty and mystery in every video works, drawings, and enigmatic sculptures, moving between forest, moor, and moonlit landscapes of this complex installation.
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Gallery Talk: Tues. August 6 | 7 pm | Hebrew
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  Robert Frank
White Tower, NYC, 1949
Gelatin silver print

Displaced Visions: Emigre Photographers of the 20th Century

The exhibition explores how the foreignness of many of the 20th century's key figures in photography - such as Andre Kertesz, Brassai, Bill Brandt, Man Ray and Robert Frank - affected their vision and, eventually, the culture of their adopted homeland.
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  Hans Peter Feldman, born Germany 1941
Shadow Play, 2002, Mixed media,
Gift of Catherine Thieck, Paris
In memory of Josef Leib Rainhorn to Les Amis Francais du Musee d'Israel a Jerusalem  

Hans-Peter Feldmann: Shadowplay

Shadowplay, a large-scale installation, uses shadows to transform simple, everyday objects into magical figures in an imaginary world on the gallery walls.

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gallery Talk: Tues. August 13 | 6 pm | English
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  Vittorio Matteo Corcos, Dreams, 1896, Oil on Canvas  

By the Book: 500 Years of Readers and Reading in European Art
Closing August 17

Highlighting paintings and prints portraying readers in their study or in a landscape, the exhibition examines the significance of reading in European art. Works by such renowned artists as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, Salvator Rosa, are on display alongside rare books on loan from the National Library of Israel
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  Oded Hirsch
50 Blue, 2009
5D video, color, sound
12:30 mins
  New in the Collection
Closing August 20

Exhibited for the first time, two video works that touch on questions of ideology and its dissolution. Imbued with historical and biblical symbolism, Oded Hirsch's 50 Blue tells a personal story of father-son relationship. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better, the work of two young East European artists, Chisa and Tkacova, shows their Sisyphean struggle with a huge balloon in the shape of a fist, universal symbol of oppression and protest.

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Standard Time: Mark Formanek and the Datenstrudel Collective

This synchronized video projection shows 72 shift workers during a 24-hour performance in an empty field near Berlin, changing the digits every minute, thus maintaining the accuracy of the "digital" clock.
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  Pablo Picasso,
Blind Minotaur Led by a Young Girl in the Night
Aquatint, scraper and burin on copper, November 1934


For Print Lovers
The Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Print Workshop are initiating a joint series of meetings for print-lovers, including encounters with artists, collectors, restorers, and experts in the fascinating field of printmaking. Participants will be able to study masterworks from the Israel Museum collection from up close and try their hand at various printmaking techniques.

For further information please contact Ronit Sorek 02-670-8853 ronitso@imj.org.il
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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

Special August hours: Museum is open Tues. and Wed. 10 am - 9 pm. Tickets are 25 IS from 8 pm.

All programs are in
Hebrew unless otherwise indicated.

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  Sivan Talmor, Sounds of Summer   Israeli Wine-tasting Festival
A celebration of wine tasting from the leading wineries in Israel, in the enchanted atmosphere of the Art Garden, to the sound of live music.
The exhibition Herod the Great will be open at no extra charge from 5:30 pm.
Mon.-Thurs. August 5-8 | 7-11 pm | IS 85
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Sounds of Summer
Musical performances on the Crown Plaza under the open sky. With Dan Salomon, Marsh Dondurma, Sivan Talmor, and others.
August 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28.8 | From 7 pm | IS 85
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Twilight Tour of the Art Garden
Guided tours depart from Anish Kapoor's sculpture Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem.
August 13, 14, 21, 27, 28.8 | 10 am - 9 pm | No extra charge

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The 28th Annual Kite-flying Festival
In conjunction with the exhibition Color Gone Wild.
Kite-making workshops, parades of kites in the open air, encounter a family of professional kite-flyers
Marsh Dondurma in Concert
Tues. August 20 | 10 am - 9 pm | Free for children, IS 30-40 for workships

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Christian Marclay's The Clock
A 24-hour screening of this virtuoso video work
Tues. August 28-29 | 5 pm - 5 pm | No extra charge
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Special and Private Events
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True or False?
A summer of illusions in conjunction with the ArTricks exhibition. Sponsored by the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel.

  Kite-flying at the Israel Museum   The 28th Annual Kite-flying Festival
In conjunction with the exhibition Color Gone Wild

Tues August 20 | 10 am - 9 pm | In the Youth Wing and throughout the Museum campus

Kite-making workshops
IS 30-40
Parade of kites from the workshops to the open air Encounter with a family of professional kite-flyers
Kite-flying in the Art Garden
(weather permitting)
No extra charge

Made possible by Edna and Sam Wilchfort, Jerusalem, and Ilan and Linda Kauftel, New York

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Youth Wing Activity Yard: Illusions for All
In conjunction with True or False?:
Experience amusing illusions in art and try your hand at creating illusions: Take a peek into a room that distorts height and width, discover what happens when you cut a Möbius strip, draw a hand that turns three-dimensional, look at yourself in an infinite mirror, and create movement in a work of art.

Sun, Mon, Thurs 10 am – 5 pm Tues, Wed 10 am – 7 pm Fri 10 am – 1 pm | Ages 6 and up | NIS 25
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Illusory Tour of the Museum
A guided tour full of tricks, illusions, secrets, and surprises.

Sun - Thurs 10:30 am, 1 pm, Fri 11 am, Sat 11 am, 1:30 pm | Ages 6 and up | NIS 20
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Special Effects Movie Studio
Demonstrations and hands-on experience in creating illusions and special effects for the movies.

Wed 7, 14, 21 August 4 pm | Ages 6 and up | NIS 25 | Youth Wing Auditorium
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Life Drawing Workshops

Under the guidance of artist-instructors Naomi Brickman and Yael Rubin
| August | Fri 10 am | NIS 60 Members NIS 40 | For details and registration, call 677-1303, 670-8961

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  In the Youth Wing  

New! Animation Film for Children

Join Alma on a journey through time to discover the incredible story of the Dead Sea Scrolls

In Hebrew , at the Shrine of the Book Auditorium
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Illustration Library
Programs sponsored by Anthony and Vanessa Beyer in honor of their children Alexander and Nikolaus Mandel Beyer

Storillusion: Story Time in the Library
August | Sun - Thurs noon | Tues 5 pm (in addition) | Ages 3–6 | NIS 15
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  Eva Itzkowitz, Illustration   Days of Innocence: Illustrator Eva Itzkowitz and the Ofer Library

Original illustrations to beloved children's books, including Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el's Hanna's Sabbath Dress, all produced by the same anonymous artist, are on display in this exhibition, revealing the unknown illustrator's identity for the first time.

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  In the Youth Wing Recycling Workshop  

Recycling Workshop

Sitting on nails (?) or soup bowls (!) and working at mirror-tables in an illusory environment, children create objects that appear to be one thing but turn out to be something else entirely.

August Sun, Mon, Thurs 10 am – 5 pm; Tues, Wed 10 am – 7 pm | Ages 3–9 | NIS 15
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  In the Youth Wing  

Art Classes and Workshops
For adults and children
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See Do Love Art:
Art lovers who seek to create will find inspiring artist-instructors in the Youth Wing. Adapted to the participants' age and skill level, these drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and pottery classes promote artistic growth and self-expression.

Introductory Sessions and Open Workshops: For children, Sept 9, For adults, Oct 1 ;For registration open Call 677-1303, 670-8961
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Courses for Teachers

Educators are invited to take part in one-day classes or series of courses specially adapted to their needs and aims, with an emphasis on developing creative thinking and familiarity with the Museum and its treasures.

For details, call 670-8860 or email lihis@imj.org.il

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A large selection of guided tours adapted to various groups. Call Emilia 02-670-8884;emilia@imj.org.il

The Bergman House Built on the Museum premises in the 1970s, the International Style house of art collector Charlotte Bergman boasts a view of the Valley of the Cross and of the Knesset. With her death in 2002, Charlotte bequeathed her important collection of modern art to the Museum and instructed that the house and its contents be left untouched. On display in this magnificent residence are original masterpieces by Picasso, Chagall, Henry Moore, and other artists, making a visit to the house a very special experience. Tours last one hour | To arrange tours, call Nava 02-6708805 or email navas@imj.org.il

Tours for Schools and Other Educational Institutions:
For details, call Nava at 670-8805, 677-1305, navas@imj.org.il

Tours for Special Education Groups and Visitors with Special Needs: For details, call Timnah at 677-1379 or email

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Free Summer Events for Members

Kite-Flying Festival Aug 20 | Sounds of Summer Tues and Wed in Aug | 24-hour screenings of The Clock (in its entirety) Aug 28 - 29 and Sep 24-25

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  View of the Israel Museum   Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum
The Association of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum is dedicated to developing and cultivating relations between the Museum and its community of friends and supporters in Israel.

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 Museum Shop  

Museum Shop

August "Back-to-school" discounts
Open during regular hours and Tues from 10 am

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  Google Art Project  

Google Art Project

The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Google Art Project, making its galleries and hundreds of highlights from its permanent collection accessible online to audiences around the world. Developed in partnership with Google, the project features 520 of the most important objects in the Israel Museum's expansive collections, with high resolution images that allow viewers to examine works in exceptional detail, together with background information on objects and artists. Visitors may also explore the Museum's campus and permanent galleries virtually, using Google's Street View technology
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  DSS Scrolls Digital Project  

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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Information and Study Centers
The Isidore and Anne Falk Information Center for Jewish Art and Life.
By appointment only, Tel. 02-677-1304 » details

Israeli Art Information Center Study room adjacent to the Library.
Tel.02-670-8018 | artcent@imj.org.il/ » details

Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; The Arturo Schwarz Dada and Surrealist Library;
The Norman Bier Section for Maps of the Holy Land. By appointment only:
Prints and Drawings, Schwarz Library, and Bier Maps Section: Tel. 02-670-8853, 02-670-8065;

Photographs: Tel. 02-670-8843 » details
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.

Special August Hours at the Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book
Sun, Mon, Thurs 10 am – 5 pm
Tues, Wed 10 am – 9 pm
Fri and holiday eves 10 am – 2 pm
Sat and holidays 10 am – 5 pm
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Thank You

The Museum keeps its doors open with the help of its Guardian friends
Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen 28.7–3.8
Henry H. and Dorothea Gould 4–10.8
Millie and Larry Magid 18–24.8

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

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of those who contribute to its exhibitions
Color Gone Wild Donors to the 2013 Exhibition Fund; Additional support provided by the Ministry of Culture and Sport
ArTricks Donors to the 2013 Exhibition Fund; The Marianna Griessmann Youth Wing Fund, London; The Morris Rodman Fund, Washington, D.C., The J. Weinstein Foundation in memory of Joe and Celia Weinstein, New York
Displaced Visions, Back to Nature, Mapping the Holy Land Donors to the 2013 Exhibition Fund
A Gentle Storm Ticho House Fund
Herod the Great The William Davidson Foundation, Detroit;
Bank Hapoalim, Tel Aviv;

The Leon Levy Foundation, New York; The David Berg Foundation, New York; Sarah and Avie Arenson, Caesarea; Jacqueline Simkin, Miami, in honor of Sarah and Avie Arenson's 50th wedding anniversary; Karyn and Mel Lazareck, Canada, in honor of Sarah and Avie Arenson's 50th wedding anniversary; David and Jeannie Hendin, New York, in memory of Ehud Netzer
'I Am Gabriel' Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn, Zurich; Additional support provided by the Green Collection, Oklahoma City
*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; Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild Foundation in Israel

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