The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Gustave Moreau, Venus Rising from the Sea, 1866 (Detail)
February 15, 2017

New Sounds – Purim Noisemakers by Yaacov Kaufman

In 2014, while visiting a flea market in Amsterdam, Yaakov Kaufman - one of Israel's prominent industrial designers - came across a rattle made of bamboo. Kaufman was intrigued by the familiar object made of an unusual material, and set out on a journey which lasted two years, during which he created 150 rattles made from a variety of recycled objects and materials – each producing a different sound. "Kaufman explored the noisemaker's shape, mechanism, and function, took it to pieces, re-designed it to create a range that reflects the study and analysis of the object," says Sharon Weiser-Ferguson, curator of the exhibition "New Sounds – Purim Noisemakers by Yaacov Kaufman". "The result – a vivid, widely varied array of about 150 items – reflects Kaufman's in-depth study of the noisemaker, but above all it reflects his creative spirit, his delight at discovering the wealth of possibilities contained in this simple object, and his sense of humor, which is in perfect harmony with the joyful atmosphere of Purim."

Christians used noisemakers rather than tower bells to summon the worshipers to Church on the days preceding Easter. Later on Jewish communities in these countries adopted the rattle and it became an integral part of Purim celebration. Rattles were also used in Britain to alert against bombings, in World War II.
	  License to Paint: French Academic Art in the 19th Century

Yaacov Kaufman, Rattle, 2014-16, collection of the artist                                               

Kaufman was delighted at discovering the wealth of possibilities contained in this simple object, and began transforming the traditional, and familiar rattle in original and surprising ways. He made rattles from simple materials such as disposable cups, bowls, lamps, toys and other rattles. In some rattles the pawl (the part that engages the teeth of the cogwheel, thus producing noise) is also the object's body, in others, the designer came up with original ideas for replacing the cogwheel, or added a weight in order to examine the relationship between the object's movement and its sound. "Some of the noisemakers have simple geometrical shapes, and in others a twisted metal cord replaces the body, cogwheel, or pawl," says Weiser-Ferguson.

The exhibition, presented in the Jewish Art and Life Wing, is accompanied by activities for the whole family; an animated film, produced especially for the exhibition, demonstrates the movement and the music that can be derived from rattles, children can put together a noisemaker using a kit produced in collaboration with Kaufman, and a special smart phone application will be launched in honor of Purim offering games and different sounds that rattles can produce.

Special Purim workshops will be held at the museum inspired by the exhibition. 
The Parasol, 1777  Oil on canvas  © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Boy Scout, 2008, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Photo (C) Anders Sune Berg/Kjersti Berg

Especially for Members and Friends of the Israel Museum

Members are invited to preview the exhibition No Place Like Home
In celebration of Dada's 100th anniversary in 2016 and the centennial of Duchamp's Fountain in 2017, the exhibition explores the way in which 20th and 21st century artists used commonplace, domestic objects to subvert everyday experience. 120 works by pioneering artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Robert Gober, Yayoi Kusama, Mona Hatoum, and Doris Salsedo will be exhibited in the halls that are designed like rooms in a regular home. Their dual identity, familiar yet strange, will be accentuated, and the concept of home as the locus shaping family, memory, gender roles, a sense of uprootedness and inclusion are the questions raised by the exhibition. 

Feb 24, 10 am - 2 pm | Free for card-holding Members
11 pm | Gallery Talk
especially for Members with exhibition curator, Adina Kamien-Kazhdan
Every member can invite two (paying) guests  

Neighboring Sounds
The Museum hosts a concert series performed by outstanding students from the nearby Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
February 17 | 12:30 pm | Free of charge | Springer Auditorium

To the Members page » 

Gallery Talks

Tues 21.2  | 19 pm
Yemenite Jewelry and Silver Objects with display curator Miki Joelson

Wed 22.2  | 12 pm 
Goya with assistant to the curator Yael Karmi
(Fully booked)

Wed 22.2  | 19 pm | at Ticho House
 Roey Heifetz: Victoria With exhibition curator Timna Seligman

Tues 1.3  | 19 pm
No Place Like Home with exhibition curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan*

*Register in advance at tel. 677-1302

For further information »


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