The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Francisco Goya: Daydreams and Nightmares
December 1, 2016

Francisco Goya: Madrid of the day and night

In 1774 Francisco Goya came to Madrid in order to create preparatory paintings for a series of tapestries designed to adorn the palaces of the royal family. "Goya was then a young man – only 28 years old – and still unknown before his big breakthrough, but his talent already shone" says Shlomit Steinberg, exhibitions curator. "For this series he painted large-scale works on themes such as; the four seasons; simple folks and noblemen; combining decorative elements of French Rococo with his own distinctive style. For many years these paintings adorned the royal palaces to the delight of their occupants." 
Francisco Goya:  Daydreams and Nightmares

The Straw Manikin, 1791-92, © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado 

Ten of the sketches – on loan from the Prado Museum in Madrid on the occasion of 30 years of foreign and culture relations between Spain and Israel – are the focus of the exhibition. Among these paintings are well-known works, including the charming, romantic Parasol, where Goya uses the play of light and shadow, placing a beautiful, fashionable, young woman in its center; and the dark Flight of the Witches, which casts a critical, ironic gaze on the belief in witches commonly held in those days. "For Goya, daytime was the backdrop to joyous, graceful, and lively activities, whereas at night, monsters crawl out from the domain of dreams to take over the world", says Steinberg.
A number of years after he painted his tapestry sketches, Goya became the First Court Painter to King Carlos IV. His position assured him a comfortable life, and favored connections with the nobility. This is probably why, even though his works tended to be critical of the royal family and of all rungs of society, he chose not to exhibit his disparaging, graphic works.
Exhibited beside Goya's oil paintings in the gallery are a series of eloquent graphic works which he created throughout his life; among them Caprichos, Bullfighting and Follies. In the Caprichos series, exhibited here in its entirety, (some 80 works) Goya portrays the various strata of Madrid's colorful society; with its young women about to fall into prostitution, corrupt politicians, and courtiers who have transgressed, and more.
"The series was printed as an album in 1799, and went on sale for only two days," says Steinberg. "During this short time 27 copies of the album were sold. In 1803, when the situation became harsh, Goya – who was afraid of the Inquisition – offered his son Javier, the copper plates of the series and all of the print copies from the first edition which had sold to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in exchange for a permanent stipend. This reflects the disparity between Goya's protest that was evident in his work, and his desire to live a peaceful life, as much as was possible was in his generation ".
Members and their Friends

Micha Kirshner, Aisha el-Kord, Khan Yunis Refugee Camp, 1988

Especially for Members and their Friends

Members are invited to preview the exhibitions

   The Shadow of Color
   Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art
   Ron Amir: Doing Time in Holot
   Yaakov Shofar: Born in Israel

Members enjoy new exhibitions before everyone else and bring their friends! Museum Members need to register and can then invite up to two friends (non-members) to the previews, at no extra cost above the price of the entrance ticket. In addition, visitors accompanying Members enjoy a 10% discount on the full price admission ticket (please bring your valid membership card; subject to availability, no double discounts).

Dec. 21
10 am - 7 pm preview the exhibitions
12, 4 pm guided tours in the exhibition Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art with exhibition curator, Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn
Jazz Festival

Photo (C) Sara Gur Lavie 

The Second International Jazz Festival at the Israel Museum

December 14 - 15 - 16
Following last year's success the second Jazz Festival is returning: for three days as the Museum will be filled with sounds and colors from around the world. These will merge with the galleries, the exhibitions and the art works. The artistic program, headed by international trumpeter Avishai Cohen, will include world premieres of guest ensembles, special Israeli productions, cooperation and performances with leading international and Israeli musicians. Among the musicians and ensembles participating in the festival: Jeff Ballard Trio, Rickie Lee Jones, Mark Turner Quartet, Two Many Zooz, Tinissima Quartet, and Avishai Cohen Quartet.

The International Jazz Festival is part of the Israel Festival, and is supported by the Jerusalem Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Hamshushalayim 2016 at the Museum

Yishai Ribo, in an acoustic performance in the Hanukkah lamps gallery

Hamshushalayim 2016 at the Museum

Thursday nights in December, 9 pm to 1 am, free entrance
The Museum opens its doors for a night-time visit in the exhibitions, guided tours and special performances in the galleries. This is also the last opportunity to visit the exhibition Pharaoh in Canaan: The Untold Story before it closes.

First Thursday – December 1
Guided tours:
  • Pharaoh in Canaan: The Untold Story. 9 pm, 11 pm
  • A Mummy in Jerusalem: Secrets of the Afterlife. 9:30 pm
  • Museum Highlights. 10 pm, 12 midnight
Dec 1 | 10 pm - Musical performance: Yishai Ribo, the latest most exciting musical phenomenon. An acoustic performance in the Hanukkah lamps gallery.
Dec 8 | 10 pm - Musical performance: Liran Danino in a special performance in the Israeli Art galleries.
Dec 22 | 10:30 pm - Musical performance: Einat Sarouf in the Israeli Art galleries.

Free Entrance
Performances and guided tours – first come first served
Please register in advance on the spot

Museum Mondays - Human Connections and the Threads of Life

Mondays  | 6-7:30 |   Hosted by artist and director Tzipi Baider.
Dec. 12 - Going to Far to Feel Close - on family ties and lost people with Tzufit Grant
Dec. 19 -  A Piece of Me - with bereaved mother Rachel Cohen, who carried out a "Biological Will".
Dec 26 - Not Good for Man to be Alone - on the existential need for connection with other people, with Prof. Yoram Yovel.

Further details (in Hebrew) |  Registration: 02-6771373, 02-6778833

Dance in the Exhibition

Dec 6 | 9:15 pm - Come Jump with Me, by Yossi Berg and Oded Graff.
Dec 13 | 9:15 pmThe First Accused, Experimental performance by choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist Sahar Azimi. * Note that the performance includes partial nudity.
International Premiere, sponsored by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
Dec. 27 | 9:15 pmYouMake ReMake, Museum Version by Renana Raz.

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Jewish Art and Life Circle of Friends

A third season is opening for this Circle of Friends, including behind-the-scenes meetings with curators of the Jewish Art and Life Wing, and with scholars from Beit Morasha of Jerusalem.

First meeting: Hidden Treasures from Cairo, December 7, 6pm

A visit to the exhibition Second Exodus: Jewish Ceremonial Objects from Egypt with curator Rachel Sarfati; followed by a talk on The Cairo Genizah: Window onto a Millennium of Jewish Life with Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

For further details and registration fee in advance: 02-6771329 |

Gallery Talks

Tues 6.11 | 19 pm
Wire(less) Connections with exhibition curator Daniella Shalev

Wed 7.12 | 12 pm
A Mummy in Jerusalem: Secrets of the Afterlife with exhibition curator Galit Bennett-Dahan

*Register in advance at tel. 677-1302
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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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