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Israel at 70: A History in Art and Artifacts

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On Display: March 8, 2018 – June 3, 2018

 

On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, read the Declaration of Independence of Israel in the Tel Aviv Museum (now Independence Hall), standing beneath a photograph of Theodore Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and surrounded by an exhibition of paintings by Jewish artists. In this 70th anniversary year of Israel’s independence, the Skirball Museum is proud to present Israel at 70: A History in Art and Artifacts, a wide-ranging exhibition of paintings, lithography, metalwork, and photography drawn from the Museum’s core collections and from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum collection, now housed at the Skirball. Local collectors have made important loans to the exhibition, which traces the evolution of art in Israel from pioneer artists such as Boris Schatz to modern masters including Yosl Bergner and Aviva Uri.

Included in the exhibition are recent gifts to the Skirball, including Moshe Castel’s Ancient Scroll. Castel was a vocal member of the New Horizons group, whose formation has long been hailed as the great dramatic event of modern Israeli art. Selections from Children of Jerusalem: Painting Pain Dreaming Peace, a collection of paintings and collages created by Palestinian and Israeli school children, ages 9 to 12, attest to the power of art to give voice to children impacted by the Palestinian-Israeli divide.

Exhibition highlights

  • works from local collections
  • the recent gift to the collection of Ancient Scroll by Moshe Castel, who helped to found the New Horizons group, which had an important impact on the modernization of Israeli art
  • Cincinnati premier showing of works from Children of Jerusalem: Painting Pain Dreaming Peace, a collection of paintings and collages created by Palestinian and Israeli school children, ages 9 to 12, a project of the Institute for the Study of Religions and Communities in Israel

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