The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Hagit Lalo: Spirit and Form
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What the soul paints

The exhibition Hagit Lalo: Spirit and Form offers a glimpse into Hagit Lalo's soul, an unusual artist in the Israeli art scene

In 1958, the young artist Hagit Lalo returned to Israel from the US – where she had studied at Berkeley and later with the American Abstract Expressionist artist, Hans Hofmann at his School of Fine Arts.  She brought back with her a painting style that was not yet accepted in Israel: paintings in bold color, lines, and fields that reflected stormy moods – free from established art rules.

Hagit Lalo, from the Shtriet family, a seventh generation Petah Tikva family (her mother was a granddaughter of Rabbi Yoel Moshe Salomon), had two solo exhibitions with some success but was not accepted into the local art scene and felt rejected. "The Lyrical Abstraction Paris style was prevalent at that time in Israel, a painting style anchored in reality while American Abstract painting during those years was unknown in local art circles," says Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn, the Museum’s curator of Israeli art." As a woman, Lalo also found it hard to integrate into Israeli art circles, which were mostly male dominated ".
Hagit Lalo, Composition

Composition, undated. Charcoal on paper. On long-term loan from the family of the artist

In 1961, three years after returning to Israel, Lalo killed herself in her apartment in Tel Aviv, virtually unknown as an artist to the general public. "From today’s perspective, you can appreciate the qualities of Lalo’s work," says Mendelsohn. "The intense emotions expressed in her paintings, have left a unique artistic legacy".

The exhibition Spirit and Form presents a selection of Lalo’s oil paintings, and – for the first time – the artist’s pencil and charcoal drawings. The exhibition is presented in a dedicated space located in the Israeli Art Permanent Gallery, now named after Hagit Lalo.
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A winter event for lovers of hot chocolate and snow games. 

Build a big snowman, listen to "white" stories with Michael the Storyteller, and make delicious and artistic winter treats in a creative cooking workshop.
Feb 16 | 4 pm | ages 4-8 
30 NIS for all 3 activities | 20 NIS for one activity | purchase tickets when you arrive

Tel:  02 677-1302
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The Eternal Sukkah

Eternal Sukkah, Photo: Eli Posner 

On Hybridization, Transience, and Refugees

A discussion focusing on The Eternal Sukkah, on view in the exhibition we the people

A discussion focusing on The Eternal Sukkah by the Sala-Manca group  together with artists Yeshaiau Rabinowitz and Itamar Mendes-Flohr. Discussion participants include: Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn, Prof. Rachel Elior, Dr. Dafna Ben Shaul, architect Alon Cohen-Lipchitz, Abu Suleiman, spokesperson from the Jahalin Bedouin tribe, and artists from the Sala-Manca group.

Feb 2 | 6:30 pm |  no additional charge

The Torah Portion of the Week

Prof. Avigdor Shinan in a series of meetings with Museum curators to discuss the Book of Exodus portions.

Upcoming meetings:

February 5

Mishpatim: “For ye know the heart of a stranger…” with Daniella Shalev, curator, meet in the Upper Level Gallery (next to sculpture The Boy from South Tel Aviv by Ehud Meromi)  

February 12

Teruma: “And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold…” with Adolfo Roitman, Curator of the Shrine of the Book, meet in the Three Religions Gallery in the Archaeology Wing


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Hadrian: An Emperor Cast in Bronze

Photo: Alexei Aven

Members Benefits

Lecture: When Did Judea Become Palestine? 
Hadrian and Bar Kokhba

Curator Dudi Mevorach on the only three existing bronze statues of the Emperor Hadrian, currently on display together for the first time at the Israel Museum.
Feb 2 | 6 pm | Space is limited
advanced registration by email:

Along the Romantic Route
For Valentine's Day

Stroll through classical Greek mythological goddesses, Baroque paintings of lovers, wedding ceremonies in Israeli communities, alternative love in contemporary art, and more. For participants: a special bonus at the Modern restaurant.
Feb 9 | 6 pm | Space is limited
advanced registration by email:

Mr. Vertigo, The Gesher Theater

The first stage adaptation of Paul Auster's book –  A coarse American mythology which shifts between the crude and the poetic, the real and the fantasy. 
Price for Members: 110 NIS (full price is 275 NIS).

To order tickets tel: 03 5157000 | Code: 2975

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Gallery Talks

Hadrian with exhibition co-curators Dudi Mevorach and Rachel Caine Kreinin*
Feb 3 | 12 pm

Twilight over Berlin with exhibition curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan
Feb  9 | 7 pm,   Feb 17 | 12 pm

New Types with exhibition curator Ada Wardi
Feb 9 | 6 pm 

DAILYDOODLEGRAM with exhibition curator Orna Granot
Feb 10 | 12 pm | in English

New Acquisitions in African and Oceanic Art with curator Dorit Shafir
Feb  16 | 7 pm

*By pre-registration at tel: 02-6771302

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Adult education in Youth Wing, sculpting

Photo: Benny Maor

Art Classes and Workshops for Adults
Last chance to register for Spring Semester

A few spaces still available in:
  • Drawing and painting for beginners
  • Sculpture for beginners
The courses start Feb 7.  

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Tues and Sat, Courtesy of Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum and David and Inez Myers, Cleveland, Ohio

The Museum keeps its doors open with the help of its Guardian friends:
February 7-13 The Beker Foundation

Free entrance for soldiers doing compulsory military service and for those doing National Service, courtesy of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum

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