on an Intimate Scale
The work of internationally acclaimed Israeli artist Dani Karavan (1930–2021) had many facets. He is best known for environmental sculptures that were groundbreaking in every sense. Engaging with land and space on a monumental scale, they cannot be contained: only the open air is expansive enough for them. But this exhibition presents a different facet of the artist, works from the beginning of his career and some from its end that share an intimacy of scale and subject.
- Curator: Amitai Mendelsohn
- December 7 2021 - June 1 2022
- Hagit Gallery
From time immemorial, the marketplace has served not only as a collection of stalls for selling food and other merchandise, but also as a meeting place for the local population and incidental visitors. Besides engaging in commerce, participants could expect to meet friends and acquaintances, catch up on the latest news, eat and drink to their heart’s content – and perhaps even witness a public execution.
All these found expression in literary depictions, folk songs, and visual art. This exhibition features the work of European artists in a variety of media – painting, drawing, and miniature porcelain sculptures – from the 16th century and up until modern times.
curatur: Shlomit Steinberg
Assistance to the curator: Yael Misheiker
- November 18 2021 - October 15 2022
- Della and Fred S. Worms OBE Gallery
A 14th Century Hebrew Scroll Unveiled
A unique scroll from the 14th century is displayed here to the public for the first time. This scroll - measuring almost eleven meters in length - documents through illustrations and inscriptions the pilgrimage of an Egyptian jew to the Land of Israel.
- curatur: Dr. Rachel Sarfati
- September 14 2021 - January 23 2022
- Spertus Gallery
Figurines from the Studio of Yaacov Kaufman
When Yaacov Kaufman encounters a metal wire, clothespin, blank page, or discarded scraps of wood and metal, the wheels in his head start turning and his imagination takes flight. He sees a small human figure – man, woman, or child – in each material and remnant. Kaufman, an artist and industrial designer, takes the piece of wood or cardboard and drills an eye, cuts a mouth, twists a hand, strings a bead and magically a figure emerges. The exhibition presents more than one thousand figures created deftly by Kaufman using simple, every-day materials: wood, cardboard, and metal, balls, rings, and loops which he cuts, sands, connects, drills, molds, wraps, ties, and threads. At times he incorporates their existing mechanisms (such as a clothespin, lock, or door hinge) and adds color and decoration through beads, stings, and elastics.
- Daniella Shalev
- December 13 2020 - January 31 2022
- Ruth Youth Wing
Activity Kit for the Whole Family !
Teddy Kollek, former mayor of Jerusalem and one of the founders of the Israel Museum, reaches out from the past and asks for your help. A moment before he is about to cut the ribbon to open Israel’s first national museum, he realizes that an important object is missing, and without it the museum cannot open!
Through challenges, activities, and clues found throughout the galleries, sculpture garden, and Shrine of the Book, you can help Teddy crack the code!
Don’t’ wait, hurry now!
Point of View: Tu BiShvat
A new episode of the online series
"Point of View" is a series of short films on themes related to the Jewish holidays, through the prism of art in The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
A joint project of Beit Avi Chai and the Israel Museum