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Dear Visitors,

Our landmark exhibition Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey continues to draw enthusiastic audiences – with 180,000 visitors in its first fifteen weeks. And we are preparing now to launch 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
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  Alexej von Jawlensky, Lady in a Yellow Straw Hat, ca. 1910

Color Gone Wild: Fauve and Expressionist Masterworks from the Merzbacher Collection
From July 6

Vibrant, boldly colored masterpieces by Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Wassily Kandinsky, and other artists – including works never before exhibited in Israel. Characterized by their boundless energy and passionate joie de vivre, they express the artists's freedom from social and artistic conventions.
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Gallery Talk (Hebrew): With exhibition curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan Wed July 24 |11 am | No extra charge | Registration at 02-6771302
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  Anna Ticha, Bougainvillea, 1970, Watercolor on paper,  The Anna Ticho bequest  

A Gentle Storm: Large-scale Works by Anna Ticho
From July 16

Colorful, sweeping landscapes and delicate watercolors of flowers – some of which are shown to the public for the first time – are displayed throughout the house in which Anna Ticho lived, throwing a different light on the work of the beloved Jerusalem artist. At Ticho House

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  Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010  

Christian Marclay: The Clock
From July 23

Thousands of film excerpts indicating the passage of time by means of clocks, watches or people announcing a specific time of the day. Marclay extracted each of these moments from its original context to form a 24-hour montage that unfolds in a real time.
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The Clock will be screened twice for 24-hours, once in August and once in September.

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  Claude Lorrain (Gellee),French, 1600–1682, 
Wooded Landscape, 1660–65,
Iron-gall ink and wash on paper,
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Victor Thaw, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Back to Nature: Landscapes Drawn by Masters

The exhibition presents 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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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Tanya Sirakovitch Wed July 9 | 11 am | No extra charge

  Eran Reshef, Gates, 2003-2007  


Is what we think we see really what we see? The artworks in this exhibition for the entire family make us think we see things that don't actually exist in reality, tempting the eye and 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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  Cuirassed statue of an emperor, probably Augustus, 1st century BCE, marble  

Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey

More than 180,000 visitors have already seen this extraordinary exhibition about the legendary king. Taking you on a journey from Herod'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 Talk: With exhibition co-curator Sylvia Rozenberg Tues. July 16 | 7 pm | No extra charge | Registration at 02-6771302

  View of the Yehudit Sasportas: Seven Winters exhibition  

Yehudit Sasportas: Seven Winters

Beauty and mystery envelop every single part of this complex installation by Yehudit Sasportas, a prominent Israeli artist who lives and works in Berlin and Tel Aviv. Visitors are invited to wander among her video works, drawings, and enigmatic sculptures, moving between forest, moor, and moonlit landscapes.
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  Shmuel Joseph Schweig, Israeli, born Galicia, 1902–1984, 
Grandmother and Grandchild on Their Way to the Homeland, 1950s, Inkjet print,
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem,
Bequest of the artist  

Displaced Visions: Emigre Photographers of the 20th Century

Many of the 20th century's key figures in photography – such as André Kertész, Brassaï, Bill Brandt, Man Ray, and Robert Frank – were immigrants, whether by choice or by necessity. The exhibition explores how their foreignness affected their vision and, eventually, the culture of their adopted homeland.
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Gallery Talk: With associate curator Yudit Caplan Tues July 23 7 pm | No extra charge

  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 by contemporary German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann, uses shadows to transform simple, everyday objects into magical figures in an imaginary world on the gallery walls.
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  Jan Sadeler, Flemish, 1550-1600 and Raphael Sadeler, Flemish, 1555 - 1628, After Martin de Vos, Flemish, 1532 - 1603, St. Didymus the Hermit, Engraving  

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

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, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, and the ..
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  Mark Formanek and the Datenstrudel
Collective, Standard Time, Installation


Standard Time: Mark Formanek and the Datenstrudel Collective

Standard Time documents a 24-hour performance in a field near Berlin, in which 72 shift-workers constructed and updated a large "digital" clock. The installation – a complex interpretation of the physical-digital relationship – emblemizes the experimental art scene of Berlin, which is itself constantly being physically and metaphorically rebuilt.
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New in the Collection

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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  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 at Tel. 670-8853 or
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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.
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  Contact Point, 2012  

Contact Point: A Night at the Museum

You are familiar with the experience of wandering through the Museum and taking in the art as spectators. Tonight, you are invited to become active participants: build an archaeological tell; play a match with the HaPoel Katamon soccer team; dance to the lead of Solly Noama and Ori Bankhalter; prepare artistic Iraqi bread with performance artist Hadas Ophrate; and participate in many more exciting activities.

Thurs July 25 | 8 pm - 3 am | NIS 60 students, seniors, and children NIS 40
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Special and Private Events
For further details call, 02-670-8985

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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.
  Cattelan, Maurizio, Tourists,1998 Detail  

A Feast of Illusion: A giant happening for the whole family

In conjunction with True or False?:
Tricks, optical illusions, and shows involving the audience in the fields of cinema, photography, movement, music, and nature. Hosting the Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem with special illusions and the Pyromania Ensemble in an exciting show.

Tues July 30 | 5 pm - 9 pm | In the Youth Wing and throughout the Museum campus
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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.

July | Tues 4–7 pm; Fri 10 am – 1 pm (No activity on July 16)
August | 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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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
July | Tues 5 pm | Ages 3–6 | NIS 15 (No activity on July 16)

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.

July | Tues 5 pm | Ages 3–6 | NIS 15 (No activity on July 16)
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

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, from Sept 9, For adults, from Oct 1 ; Registration opens on July 1 Call 677-1303, 670-8961
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Life Drawing Workshops

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

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A large selection of guided tours adapted to various groups

Color Gone Wild: Tours of the exhibition Sun, Mon, Wed, Thur 8–10 am Call Emilia 02-670-8884;

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

Tours for Schools and Other Educational Institutions:
For details, call Nava at 670-8805, 677-1305,

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

Contact Point July 25 | A Feast of Illusions July 30 | 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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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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  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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The Isidore and Anne Falk Information Center for Jewish Art and Life.
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Israeli Art Information Center Study room adjacent to the Library.
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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
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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: Linda Bernstein Rubin and Tony Rubin July 14-20
Gallery Talks 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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