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Dear Visitors,

Spring is flourishing on our campus, and so is the Museum's program of exhibitions and special events. Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey – the most ambitious archaeological exhibition in our history and the world's first ever to focus on King Herod's achievement as an imperial regional leader in Roman times – continues to draw record-breaking crowds. Ahead are also a number of exciting new exhibitions across all of our wings. "I am Gabriel": A Scroll in Stone from the Time of Herod offers a counterpoint to Herod's earthly Jerusalem, with its depiction of the heavenly Jerusalem of Second Temple time. Seven Winters presents a solo exhibition by internationally recognized Israeli artist Yehudit Sasportas; Displaced Visions: Emigre Photographers of the 20th Century explores the pioneering work of European photographers displaced by the trauma of World War II; and Mapping the Holy Land showcases cartographic treasures recently gifted from the collection of Trevor and Susan Chinn.

We thank all of you for your ongoing support, without which none of this richness would be possible, and we look forward to seeing you and your families at the Museum in the weeks and months ahead.

James S. Snyder
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director>>>
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  Yehudit Sasportas, Still from The Magnetic Table, 2013, HD Format played in loop,length: 27:20 mins., sound: unknown  

Yehudit Sasportas: Seven Winters
From May 28

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, and for whom this is the first solo exhibition in an Israeli museum in over a decade...
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  Ellen Auerbach, Eliot Porter in New York, 1957  

Displaced Visions: Emigre Photographers of the 20th Century
From May 28

Many of the 20th century's key figures in photography, such as Andre Kertesz, Brassai, Bill Brandt, Man Ray, and Robert Frank among others, were immigrants... This exhibition explores how this affected their vision and creativity while also promoting the evolution of the photographic vernacular in general.
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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
From May 28

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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  Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926, Pres d'Etretat,ca. 1868,Pastel on paper, Gift of Mr. Abraham M. Adler, New York,through the America-Israel Cultural Foundation  

Back to Nature: Landscapes Drawn by Masters
From June 2

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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  M.C. Escher, Dutch, 1898 - 1972, Drawing Hands, 1948, Lithograph  

From June 2

Optical illusion – also known as trompe l'oeil – occurs when there is a gap between the information that is transmitted to the eyes and the way this information is interpreted in the brain... The artists whose works are displayed in this exhibition do not seek to depict the world but rather to express their own ideas about it...
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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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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Adolfo Roitman Wed May 22 11 am | No extra charge

  Cluer Dicey, English, 18th century
After Jan van Doetechum the Younger (?), Dutch,
active 1592–1630
A New Map of the Land of Promise and the Holy City
of Jerusalem…
Etching, London, ca. 1765  

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

The Museum's Norman Bier Section for Maps of the Holy Land has recently been enriched by a veritable treasure trove of ancient maps from the collection of Sir Trevor and Lady Susan Chinn, London...the first in a series of annual exhibitions...
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  View of the Exhibition: Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey  

Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey

The first exhibition entirely dedicated to Herod the Great, Israel's greatest builder and one of the most controversial figures in Jewish history. Large reconstructions and new finds from Herod's palaces in Herodium, Jericho, and other sites are on display.
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Note: Entry to this exhibition requires a specified time. Please check time marked on your ticket or take an entry time from the nearest automatic machine.

  Joan Miro, Untitled (Dancer), ca. 1921, Gouache on paper  

Joan Miro's Spanish Dancer: Variations on a Theme

Flamenco's sensuous arm work, articulate hand gestures, and percussive steps inspired Joan Miro to produce numerous sketches, drawings, paintings, and collages of Spanish dancers over a period of sixty years, from 1921 to 1981.
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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan Tues May 7 | 7 pm | No extra charge

  Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Portrait of Ludwig Boerne in his study, Undated, Oil on canvas  

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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  Anna Ticho, Drawing  

Anna's Vienna
Closing June 15

Anna Ticho spent her youth in Vienna, where she studied art from 1908 to 1912. This exhibition presents the material culture of the period, including paintings by Vienna Secession artists (Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele); and objects by Austrian designers Michael Thonet, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, and others. At Ticho House

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  Fragment of the Aleppo Code, From Exodus Chapter 8   Jewish Women's Dresses from Ioannina
Greece, first half (?) of the 19th century. » read on

Rescued from Fire: A Rare Remnant of the Aleppo Codex
On the day of the Aleppo Pogrom, December 1, 1947, Shmuel Sabag collected a scrap of parchment from the pages of the codex. » read on
  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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  Joan Miro, Spanish, 1893-1983, Painting (Spanish Dancer), 1927, Oil on canvas, Gift of Sylvia and Joseph Slifka, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum   The Color of Spain
400 years of Spanish music performed by Hadas Faran, soprano; Yehuda Shryer, Spanish guitar; and Adiel Shmit, cello Sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in Israel In the presence of the Ambassador of Spain H.E. Fernando Caderera

Tues May 7| 8 pm | Springer Auditorium | NIS 65; Members NIS 55 | Pre-registration required at 02-6708960 | Gallery Talk preceding the performance at 7 pm
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  View of Herodium   Between Judaism and Christianity
In conjunction with the closing of Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey

Herod and the Sages Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, Head of Yeshivat Hesder Petak Tikvah
Herod and the New Testament Father David Neuhaus, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Herod in the Cinema Dr. Sharon Roubach, Dept. of Comaparative Religion, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The lecture will be accompanied by film excerpts.

Tues May 21| 8 pm | Springer Auditorium | NIS 60; Members NIS 45 | Pre-registration required at 02-6708960
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  View of the Anna Ticho House   Music in the Galleries
In conjunction with the closing of Anna's Vienna

Musical Spring in Anna's Salon Duets and spring songs by Schubert, Mozart, Mendelsohn, and others
Shira Bitan – soprano; Shachar Shamai – baritone; and Omri Abram – piano

Wed May 22 | 8 pm | Springer Auditorium | NIS 55; Members NIS 45 | For reservations, call 670-8913, 670-8813
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Special and Private Events
For further details call, 02-670-8985

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A large selection of activities, guided tours, workshops, lectures, and theatrical tours adapted to various groups

To arrange tours in Hebrew, Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish, call Emilia at 670-8884
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Note! Guided Tours of the Bergman House have resumed | Mon 11 am and Fri 10 am | Registration required; For registration and details, call Nava 02-6708805 or email »

Group Tours for Schools and Other Educational Institutions:
Good for the Body, Good for the Soul - Healthy lifestyle workshop
From Kindergarten to Grade 12 - A variety of themes in the galleries
Tours for Art Majors
For details, call Nava Shema at 670-8805, 677-1305, »

Tours for Special Education Groups
For details, call Timnah Shahar at 677-1379, »

Tours for Private Groups: A wide selection of programs to enrich a private event, including an overview of the Museum's treasures; thematic tours focusing on archaeology, the Bible, fine art, Jewish art and life, 100 years of Israeli art, or love; and guided tours of temporary exhibitions and special exhibits

Tailor-Made Tours: Design a tour especially suited to your needs, together with one of our professional guides

Culture for Seniors: Enjoy a fun day at the Museum, including a guided tour, show, and coffee break.
For details, call Emilia Vid at 670-8884, »

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  Summer Camp activity   Summer Camp

Registration opens May 19 Call 670-8960, 677-1302
First Session
July 1 - 18 | Second Session | July 21 - August 1

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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.
Closed May 15
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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Orna Granot Tues May 21 | 7 pm | No extra charge


Mondays in the Illustration Library: May 6, 13, 20, 27

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

Big Art for Bigger Artists
For slightly older children, who are either new or continuing in the program

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  In the Youth Wing Illustration Library  

Triple Tuesday Every Week!
Three activities in a single ticket: In the Recycling Workshop (4-7 pm); a Surprise elsewhere on the Museum campus (4:45 pm); and in the Illustration Library (5 pm); Themes include Herod, optical illusions, and "Who Moved My Cheese," for Shavuot May 14
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Recycling Workshop

Where Ecology Meets Art Come experiment with a variety of materials collected from factories, in this enriching and challenging environment. The theme changes weekly (» see Triple Tuesday).
Tues 4 - 7 pm; 3-9 pm | NIS 15 | For details, call 670-8963 (Telma Schultz)
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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)
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Neighboring Sounds

The Museum hosts a series of concerts performed by outstanding students from the nearby Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

May 10 | Fri 12 noon | Springer Auditorium | Free of charge | Space is limited


Two Temples in Two Museums

Guided tour from the Model of Jerusalem in the First Temple Period Model at the Bible Lands Museum to the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period Model at the Israel Museum

May 21 | 4:30 pm | Springer Auditorium | NIS 20 | Space is limited; For registration, call 670-8855 | Meet at the Bible Lands Museum

  View of the Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing   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
»More information about the Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum

»More information about the InternationalFriends of the Israel Museum
  The Museum Shop  

Museum Shop

May 20% off a selection of products

For Members only!
Purchase the Herod exhibition catalogue for NIS 179 instead of NIS 249 (on presentation of a discount coupon from the Members' desk and valid membership card). » Shop online

  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
» to the Google Art Project

  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 Billy Rose Art Garden
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 Anna Ticho, Flowers, Watercolor
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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 | » 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.

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:
Susan and Michael Gelman
May 5-11
Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation
May 19-25

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

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

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
Joan Miro's Spanish Dancer Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation
Anna's Vienna Ticho House Fund
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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