Friends of the Israel Museum
The generosity of our international family of friends helps us to provide the rich program of exhibitions, publications, and special events that have become the Israel Museum's hallmark, and which ensure our continued standing as one of the world's leading museums. Contributions to the Israel Museum are tax-deductible in Israel. If you require a receipt for tax deduction in a country other than Israel, please consider directing your gift through one of our International Friends associations.
Friends of the Israel Museum: Annual Gifts
ISRAEL MUSEUM INTERNATIONALS (IMJIs) make up the Israel Museum's global network of young leaders, with active chapters in the United States, Brazil, Canada, and England. IMJIs are invited to exclusive art weekends and events around the world. To join, please contact your local Friends chapters.
DONORS ($2,000) are listed in the Israel Museum Journal, and are invited to events with their local Friends chapters.
INTERNATIONAL PATRONS ($3,000) are listed in the Israel Museum Journal and receive invitations to international events around the world, as well as an International Art Pass entitling free entry to North American and European museums.
GUARDIANS ($7,500) sponsor a week in honor of a person or occasion of your choice, subsidizing entrance fees for children, students, soldiers, disabled persons, and senior citizens. Guardians also receive all benefits of Patrons.
Friends of the Israel Museum: Cumulative Gifts
Cumulative gifts totaling $100,000 or more are recognized in the three special categories:
Sponsors ($100,000 - $249,999)
Benefactors ($250,000 - $999,000)
Founders ($1,000,000 upwards)
Contributors' receive all donor benefits and their names are permanently inscribed in the Museum's Donor Court and are listed in each edition of the Israel Museum Journal.
If you are interested in pursuing possible avenues of involvement, please contact the Department for for International Relations and Development, at email@example.com or +972-2-6708827.
· 06/1/2018 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | June 2018
· 01/10/2018 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | January 2018
· 11/20/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | November 2017
· 09/12/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | September 2017
· 08/15/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | August 2017
· 07/13/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | July 2017
· 06/15/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | June 2017
· 05/29/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | May 2017
· 04/30/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | April 2017
· 03/20/2017 - IMJ Leadership Newsflash | March 2017
18/01/2018 - IMJI Newsflash | January 2018
01/11/2017 - IMJI Newsflash | October 2017
· 09/6/2018 - IMJ Insider | Fall 2018
· 04/26/2018 - IMJ Insider | Spring 2018
· 07/10/2017 - IMJ Insider | Summer 2017
· 02/27/2017 - IMJ Insider | Winter 2017
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Focus on our Friends
The amazing success story of the Israel Museum can be attributed to our ever-growing network of International Friends who support our activities in a number of ways. Here are some highlights of Friends events around the world.
South African Friends (SAFIM)
This year's SAFIM gala was held in Cape Town at the Moondance Villa on November 13th. The diverse selection of art, expertly auctioned by Strauss & Co, piqued the guests' interest. Over one hundred guests attended, including honored guests Prof. Ido Bruno and James Snyder. Proceeds from the event support worthy art initiatives both in South Africa and in the Israel Museum’s Youth Wing.
During the SAFIM VIP Program at Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 2018, friends were welcomed to a tailor-made, complimentary experience that culminated in SAFIM's annual VIP Opening Day Tour of the Fair, expertly led by Gordon Radowsky. SAFIM’s VIP Members’ Program at the FNB Joburg Art Fair featured a curated walkabout of stand-out booths with art-specialist, Phillippa Duncan. Members enjoyed exclusive talks by artists and the chance to meet gallerists and fellow collectors. In addition, SAFIM Johannesburg launched its Collaboration series at The Social Kitchen & Bar, Hyde Park. Part one of this series of artistic collaborations featured Jonathan Freemantle; artist and co-founder of Hazard Gallery, Artist, and two young emerging artists, Jake Singer and Pebofatso Moekena.
American Friends (AFIM)
The American Friends of the Israel Museum Gala took place at the Plaza Hotel on October 29, 2018 in New York City.
Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
AFIM’s annual Gala, chaired by Pamela Sanders and Orna Stern, took place on October 29th at The Plaza, and raised over $1.7. The evening featured remarks by artist Thomas Demand as well as a special performance by Tony Award winner Ari’el Stachel from The Band’s Visit and surprise guest appearance by award winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay.
Canadian Friends (CFIM)
Pictured left to right: James Snyder, Director Emeritus of the Israel Museum; Elliot and Wendy Eisen, CFIM National Co-Chairs; and Prof. Ido Bruno, Director of the Israel Museum.
On August 21, the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum held their 3rd "one night only" Pop-Up Museum. Over 250 people attended the event, held for the first time at Toronto’s pre-eminent luxury design store, ELTE. The event, curated by David Moos, featured 30 artworks– including works by Rodney Graham, Henri Matisse, and Robert Motherwell – on loan from more than twenty of Toronto's finest art collections. Renee and Ken Metrick generously hosted the event, which brought together fellow lovers of art and Israel. The event raised funds for free entrance to the Israel Museum for Israeli children.
On Sunday, October 28, CFIM hosted 60 people for a private breakfast and behind-the-scenes tour of Art Toronto, Canada’s largest international fair for modern and contemporary art. Guests were treated to presentations by four galleries and the tour was expertly led by Toronto art consultant and CFIM Associate, Jessica Yakubowicz Herzig.
Italian Friends (AIMIG)
The Italian Friends of the Israel Museum organized a weeklong tour in Israel, led by Davide Blei, AIMIG President; and Myriam Volterra, AIMIG Council member. On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the group visited the Israel Museum. They enjoyed curator led tours of the Shrine of the Book with Lizbeth and George Krupp Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book, Dr. Adolfo Roitman; the Billy Rose Art Garden with Shua Ben Ari, the Jewish Art and Life Wing with Storage and Collection Manager, Gioia Perugia; exhibition tour of Fashion Statements: Decoding Israeli Dress with Associate Curator, Stella Fischbach Department of Modern Art , Noga Eliash-Zalmanovich; and a tour of the Israeli Art Gallery with Aya Miron, Curator, The David Orgler Israeli Art Department.
During their visit to Israel, the AIMIG's group was graciously hosted by members of the Association of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum.
During October, AIMIG organized a trip for the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Nineteen people attended from six different countries. Highlights included tours of the 10 Chaples in the Wood, commissioned by the Vatican, on San Giorgio Island; the great glass exhibition of M.V.M Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931; tours of the Jewish Museum, Venice Ghetto, and Synagogues by the curator of the Jewish Museum of Venice; a guided tour by Riccardo Calimani, the most important writer of the history of Italian Jews; the Tintoretto exhibition, both at Palazzo Ducale and Gallerie dell’Accademia; and prestigious dinners hosted by Museum friends in their exquisite Venetian residences, surrounded by the wondrous view of the Canal Grande.
French Friends (Les Amis)
The French Friends hosted a 3 day trip to Paris in November, which included the Les Amis annual Gala, private visits to galleries and collections, as well as exclusive tours. Israel Museum friends came from France, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Israel and the United States.
Over two hundred guests attended the Gala Dinner and live auction which was held at the renewed Pavillon Gabriel. Dinners were hosted by collectors Hélène Nguyen-Ban and Frédéric and Véronique Chiche. Among the locations visited by the Museum's friends during the trip: The Manufacture de Sèvres, Centre Pompidou, VNH Gallery, Grand Palais, Fondation Louis Vuitton, and the Musée d’Art moderne. The group enjoyed a visit with artist Adel Abdessemed, and was honored by the special opening of Gallery Gerard Levy by Gérard Lévy's family. The visit was very moving, as Gérard Lévy was a longtime and close supporter of the Israel Museum.
From left to right: Shimon Stein, Dr. Gisela Dachs, Daniel Kühnel, Melody Sucharewicz and Dr. h.c. Sonja Lahnstein
The German Friends of the Israel Museum held its 18th "Bridging the Gap" dialogue event. Dedicated to major issues of the 21st century, the successful "Bridging the Gap" dialogue series is based on values of the enlightenment, and stands for the possibility of an understanding across borders and opposites. The series aims to build bridges, reduce prejudices, and help counteract conflicts.
This year's event, titled "Who owns Jerusalem? A place of longing and a place of explosion. Where is the future?" was held on October 23, 2018, in Hamburg. Over 400 people attended. The evening was moderated by Dr. h.c. Sonja Lahnstein-Kandel, Chairman of the German Friends of the Israel Museum. Prof. Dr. Michael Göring, Chairman of the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius, introduced the event. Guests included Dr. Gisela Dachs, journalist and longtime ZEIT correspondent in Israel; Daniel Kühnel, art historian and artistic director of the Symphoniker Hamburg; Shimon Stein, former Israeli Ambassador in Germany; and Melody Sucharewicz, International Relations Advisor to political and private institutions in Germany and Israel.
The German Friends and the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius will continue the successful dialogue series in 2019.
Israeli Friends (IFIM)
Left to right: Director Ido Bruno; Tamara Yovel-Jones, Alber Elbaz, Lea Rotstein
Photo: Eli Posner
The Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum held their annual Artishuk Gala event on October 15, 2018. This year's theme was inspired by the Museum's Fashion Statements: Decoding Israeli Dress, an exhibition initiated by Tamara Yovel-Jones. The Gala program included short TED-style talks in the auditorium and behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum galleries with curators. Over 450 guests from Israel and abroad attended the vibrant event.
Proceeds from the evening were donated to the Museum’s educational activities for IDF soldiers and youth.
British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI)
London Design Biennale
The British Friends visited the Israeli Pavilion at the London Design Biennale – a co-production of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Shankar College of engineering. The Viewing included a Curator led tour of the Exhibition Exposed Nerves followed by a Q&A with Israeli Designers and moderated by Maïa Morgensztern.
The Swiss Friends of the Israel Museum held an auction and Gala dinner on the 26th of November.
185 guests enjoyed the event, where an Israeli chef prepared a fantastic Middle Eastern/North African themed menu, the Afro-beat jazz group Quarter to Africa (direct from Tel Aviv) performed with guests dancing until nearly midnight, the auction was a great success, raising large sums for the Museum, including 36 scholarships sold to send under-privileged kids to yearlong art classes at the Museum.
In attendance were His Excellency the Ambassador of Israel to Switzerland, Mr. Jacob Keidar and Dr. Keidar. As well as Honorary President Werner Merzbacher, and the past Presidents of the Swiss Friends – Vera and Didier Bollag, Dr. David Jeselsohn, and Dr. Ellen Ringier. Director of the Israel Museum, Prof. Ido Bruno; Director Emeritus, James Snyder; Council Co-Chair, Marion Naggar; President of the Italian Friends, Davide Blei; and German Friends Chairman, Sonja Lahnstein Kandel also attended.
On November 13th, the Museum's Brazilian Friends were visited in San Paulo by Dr. Adolfo Roitman of the Israel Museum. Dr. Roitman, Lizbeth and George Krupp Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book, gave a lecture on The Israel Museum as a Secular National Temple.
In 2005, the Israel Museum's International Council Co-Chair, Marion Naggar, initiated a series of special commissions by cutting-edge artists to be sold in exclusive limited editions for the benefit of the Museum. Following the success of the commissioned works by Damien Hirst (2005 – Sold Out), limited editions have been released by Yinka Shonibare, MBE, (2007), Ron Arad (2008), Liza Lou (2010), William Kentridge (2011– Sold Out), Arik Levy (2014), Jeff Koons (2015– Sold Out), Olafur Eliasson (2016) and most recently Ai Weiwei (2017)
To purchase a limited edition of any of the works below, please contact Carina Auerbach at firstname.lastname@example.org, +972-2-670-8890
Hands without Bodies, 2017, Ai Weiwei
Porcelain, life-sized (approx. 50 x 20 cm), edition of 50. Price: $50,000
Hands without Bodies is a life-sized work done in celadon-glazed porcelain, reflecting the artist's deep commitment to the belief that the future of humanity relies on the strength of the connections between people.
Ai Weiwei, 2013, Hans Werner Holzwarth
Hardcover, clothbound, wrapped in a silk scarf, 33 x 44 cm, 724 pages, edition of 1,000 + 200 APs. Price: £900
This book, signed by the artist, is the first comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei's life and work. Compiled in close collaboration with Ai and with direct access to his own archives, it explores the artist's particular brand of expression and activism over more than 700 pages of images and text.
Your Reversed Berlin Sphere, 2016, Olafur Eliasson
Color print on Fuji crystal archive II paper (matte) mounted on dibond, color-effect filter glass, glass, wood frame, 92.7 x 92.7 cm, limited edition of 40. Please contact email@example.com for pricing.
Your Reversed Berlin Sphere was commissioned by the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum in consortium with Benefit Print Project to mark the Museum's 50th Anniversary
Seated Ballerina, 2015, Jeff Koons
Wooden sculpture (46 x 43 x 25 cm), produced in an edition of 50 + 10 APs in commemoration of the Museum's 50th Anniversary year in 2015. Seated Ballerina is priced at $50,000 (excluding VAT and shipping). All pieces are signed and numbered.
Illusion, 2014, Arik Levy
Series of unique, mouth-blown sculptured vases in silvered and colored art glass (40 x 20 cm). The silver vase is an edition of 40 + 2 APs, priced at $10,000 and the colored vase is part of an edition of 20 + 2 APs, priced at $15,000 (excluding VAT and shipping). All pieces will be signed by the artist and issued a certificate of authenticity.
Followed the retrospective exhibition, William Kentridge: Five Themes Glass Water Jug (25 x 24 x 18 cm) is signed WK and numbered, and is available at $22,500 (excluding VAT and shipping).
Gather Forty, 2010, Liza Lou
Series comprised of 40 individual sculptures featuring gold-plated beads threaded onto 400 individual strands of stainless steel wire and bound into a single sheaf (25 x 12 cm) to create a circular field. The sculpture is available for $22,500 (excluding VAT and shipping) and is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from the artist.
Culture Flower, 2007, Yinka Shonibare, MBE
Image courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery
A delicate bouquet of hand-made fabric flowers arranged in a hand-blown opaque black glass vase. (30 x 27 cm). The exuberant bouquet of gardenias, camellias, peonies and roses is made from the artist's signature African fabric. Each flower has been hand selected by the artist from a different batik cloth, and in each arrangement in this edition of 40, the choice of fabric flowers is varied, making each piece unique. The work is priced at $30,000 (excluding shipping and VAT) and includes a signed certificate of authenticity by the artist.
PizzaKobra Light, 2014, designer and architect Ron Arad
Small masterpiece of art technology that can be transformed from a flat coil into a unique object of fluid design and can be positioned into a variety of configurations. PizzaKobra is part of an edition of 40, available at $15,000 (excluding VAT and shipping). Each piece is signed by the artist and numbered.
Traveling Loans and Exhibitions
Bologna, Italy: October 15, 2017-February 11, 2018 and Madrid, Spain: March 22-July 15, 2018 –
Duchamp, Magritte, Dalí: The Revolutionaries of the XX Century: Masterpieces from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem is on display at the Palazzo Albergati in Bologna, Italy until February 11, 2018. The exhibition will then travel to Palacio Gaviria in Madrid.
NYC, USA: November 3-March 18, 2018 and San Francisco, USA: August 30, 2018-January 6, 2019 – Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, currently on display at the Jewish Museum, New York, will travel to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. In the Press>>
Lisbon, Portugal: February 28-May 27, 2018 – No Place Like Home will be on display at Museu Colecção Berardo.
Tokyo, Japan: June 6-July 29, 2018 – The Miracle of M.C Escher: Prints from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem will be on display at the Ueno Royal Museum.
Paris, France: September 15-December 20, 2018 – Doing Time in Holot will be on display at the Musée d'Art Moderne, accompanied by a special French/English edition of the exhibition catalogue.
Munich, Germany: October 30, 2017-April 4, 2018; Humlebæk, Denmark: May-August 2018; Cologne, Germany October 2018-January 2019 – Kandinsky at Tea is on loan as part of the Gabriele Münter – Creative Vision exhibition at Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München in Munich, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, and Museum Ludwig Köln in Cologne.
Berlin, Germany: December 10, 2017-April 30, 2019 – Rosh Hashanah Greeting Cards and replicas from the Archaeology Wing are on display in Welcome to Jerusalem, an exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Augsburg, Germany: January 29-June 30, 2018 – A Torah ark curtain from Kriegshaber, Germany circa 1724 will be part of an exhibition on the Kriegshaber Jewish Community at the Jewish Culture Museum.
Frankfurt, Germany: February 8-May 21, 2018 – Peter Paul Rubens' The Death of Adonis is on loan as part of the Rubens: The Power of Transformation exhibition at the Stadel Museum.
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