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January 2019
Happy New Year

Photo Credit: Benni Maor

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.

We hope to see you in Jerusalem

for the International Council on June 2-5, 2019.

Welcome to the Israel Museum

The Israel Museum warmly welcomes Yoav Mark and Michael Fisher to its Senior Staff.
      
  Yoav Mark has been appointed Deputy Director of the Museum. Yoav
  earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and served for 25
  years in the Israeli Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant
  Colonel. During his army service, he served, among other positions, as the
  representative of the Israeli Air Force at the IDF’s Military Command
  College, and as director of the Air Force’s development and instruction
  system, where he was responsible for numerous projects during the Air
  Force’s renewal process. From 2015, Yoav worked for the Israel Railways
  Authority, overseeing the management and operations of the national 
  network of railway stations.


  Michael Fisher has been appointed Head of the Division 
  of International Relations and Development. Born in South Africa, Michael
  immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of ten. He studied theater
  directing and production at Tel Aviv University and has been involved with
  the arts for many years. Before joining the Museum, Michael served as
  Head of the American Desk of Yad Vashem, which he helped establish. Prior
  to this, he served as Vice President for Development and Community 
  Outreach  at “Orr Shalom,” the largest non-profit organization in Israel for 
  children and youth at risk, and the Head of International Relations and
  Education at Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People. Michael served
  in the IDF for nine years in the Education Corps. In addition, he has
  produced several art installations for Israel at the Venice, Sao Paolo,
  Johannesburg, and Korean Biennales. Michael currently serves as the
  Chairman of the Board of the Vertigo Contemporary Dance Company.

Current Exhibitions
Maimonides
Maimonides: A Legacy in Script
Opened: December 10, 2018
Russian Avant-Garde
Victory over the Sun: Russian Avant-Garde and Beyond
Opened: December 27, 2018
Maimonides: A Legacy in Script focuses on Maimonides (Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon) who was a multi-faceted figure: halakhic authority, philosopher, community leader, and physician. Visitors will encounter his signature and early manuscripts; his innovative approach to the merging of secular studies and Torah; and his aspiration to make Jewish law accessible to all. Rare illuminated manuscripts on loan from prestigious international institutions – many on display for the first time in Israel – attest to the scope and magnitude of Maimonides’ influence. These institutions include the British Library, London; Royal Library, Copenhagen; Vatican Library; National Library of France, Paris; Bodleian Library, Oxford; and the Israel National Library. This exhibition is part of a joint project between the Israel Museum and the Israel National Library, which hosted an international conference on Maimonides as well as the exhibition Maimonides from Print to Digital.

Curators: Anna Nizza-Caplan, Associate Curator: Miki Joelson, Curator-in-Charge: Daisy Raccah-Djivre, the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life.

Image: Guide of the Perplexed, Barcelona, 1347 or 1348, The Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen, cod. Heb. 37 (detail).
The first comprehensive exhibition on the subject to be presented in Israel, Victory over the Sun: The Russian Avant-Garde and Beyond explores major avant-garde trends in Russian art during the 20th century, focusing on the emergence of the art movements that accompanied the historical and political upheavals in the socio-political life of the country, including the October Revolution, the death of Stalin, and the collapse of the USSR. The exhibition will present works by some of the key representative figures of the various generations of avant-garde artists, such as Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky, Natalia Goncharova, Ilya Kabakov, Erik Bulatov, Pavel Pepperstein, and more.

Curator: Tanya Sirakovich, Michael Bromberg Head Curator of the Ruth and Joseph Bromberg Department of Prints and Drawings, in the Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing

Image: Boris Orlov, Bust in the Style of Rastrelli II, 1982, The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, ©UPRAVIS, 2018.

Photo © Collection of Ekaterina and Vladimir Semenikhin.

 
New in the Collection
New in the Collection Exhibition
Opened: December 3, 2018
Arie Aroch
Arie Aroch: The Shape of Things
Opened: January 4, 2019
Alongside a rich selection of contemporary Israeli paintings, Escape Artists, 2016, a 38 minute video work by prominent Israeli artist, Guy Ben-Ner, will be displayed. The video work features footage from video lessons that Ben-Ner gave to refugees from Sudan and Eritrea at a refugee center in the Negev. Ben-Ner taught the refugees cinematic skills, using subjects close to the prisoners' hearts, such as hunger, loss, and memory. Ben-Ner's goal was twofold: to spend the day in a meaningful and interesting way and to give the refugees tools to create their own works and tell their own stories. The film exposes the viewers to the reality of the refugees, utilizing enticing and amusing cinematic stratagem to convey its story.

Curator: Aya Miron, The David Orgler Department of Israeli Art 

Jointly owned by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Purchased for the Israel Museum by the “Here & Now” Contemporary Israeli Art Acquisitions Committee, Israel; purchased for the Tel Aviv Museum through a donation from the Voting for Art acquisition group.
This intimate exhibition presents a selection of works by the influential artist Arie Aroch. Aroch combines the French lyrical abstract spirit, with influences of American pop, as well as autobiographical, literary and contextual influences taken from the Jewish world. His unique language, which incorporated childlike scribbles, daily objects and forms that are not abstract in the ordinary sense of the word, but represent something in the world that is difficult to transcribe, had a decisive influence on the generation of young Israeli artists of the sixties and seventies, including Aviva Uri, Tsibi Geva and others.

Curators: Yona Fischer, who served as the Israel Museum’s first Curator of Modern Art from 1965 to 1979 and also organized groundbreaking exhibitions in contemporary Israeli and international art, and Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn, Senior Curator and Head of the David Ogler Department of Israeli Art

Image: Arie Aroch, Red house, 1960, Oil on Canvas, Collection of the Laufer Family, Jerusalem
 
Upcoming Exhibitions
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto
Opening Date: January 15, 2019
The Wanderer
Opening Date: February 5, 2019
Manifesto, 2015, is a thirteen-channel video installation created by internationally renowned artist Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto draws on the somewhat anachronistic literary form of manifestos – declarations of belief usually combined with a call for action. Rosefeldt revisited dozens of 20th-century manifestos, examining their relevance and power today. In so doing, he has woven together seminal and foundational texts of art movements such as Dada, Surrealism, and Futurism, with the manifestos of filmmakers such as Jim Jarmush and Lars von Trier, and architects such as Robert Venturi, to create thirteen new texts written as monologues. Cate Blanchett is the work’s sole actor. She performs the thirteen monologues as twelve different characters in diverse settings, among them: a homeless man, school teacher, factory worker, choreographer, drunken punk, newscaster, scientist, puppeteer, and widow addressing a eulogy at a funeral.

Curator: Mira Lapidot,Chief Curator of Fine Arts, Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing
Through artworks from the Museum’s collections and several loans (from the National Library) by Rembrandt, Jean-Léon Gérôme,Gustave Doré, and others, enhanced by short quotations from literary figures such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, this intriguing exhibition sheds light on a disenfranchised and frequently overlooked group of individuals. Wanderers, vagabonds, and constant travelers who were unwanted individuals who were feared, cursed, down-trodden and driven out, living life on the edges of society. Found in such ancient myths as the Wandering Jew, the Ancient Mariner, the Prodigal Son, and the Fool of the Tarot Cards, these nomadic individuals continue to fascinate us.

Curator: Shlomit Steinberg, Hans Dichand Senior Curator of European Art Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing

Image: Carlo Vitale, The Traveler, 1949 (detail), Gift of the artist
Reinstallation of a Collection Gallery
Dada
        Dada / Surrealism / Pop and their Successors
        Opened: November 22, 2018
With the return of the Dada and Surrealist collection from a traveling exhibition of the Israel Museum in Bologna and Madrid, we have renewed the display of these movements in the modern art galleries. The exhibition includes a selection of works by the initiators of Dada, Marcel Janco, Elsa von Freitag Loringhoven, Hans Arp, and Kurt Schwitters, continues with the major players Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray and their spiritual sons in Europe of the 1960s Christo and Daniel Spoerri. Surrealists Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, and Andre Masson are represented by major works. Readymades and surrealist objects by Duchamp, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, and Marcel Jean are positioned at the center of the space. In the second gallery, Pop art is represented by Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, and Marisol alongside more contemporary works by Vito Acconci, Mariko Mori and Gillian Wearing dealing with gender and the body.

Curator: Dr. Adina Kamien-Kazhden, David Rockefeller Senior Curator, Stella Fischbach Department of Modern Art
Fall Events 
Dance Festival

The Israel Museum hosted Dance in the Exhibition, a series of dance performances in intimate museum spaces. Each dancer brought fresh perspectives to the museum experience, whether in a work created specifically for the Museum space, or a legacy work that has been adapted to resonate in the gallery. In this year's dance series, the Museum drew on the connections between dance and art presented in the Museum. The space; together with the works imbued the dance with new meaning, creating further dimensions. Dance in the Exhibition is a unique dialogue between the creator of dance and dancers; visual art and the audience. 

As part of Open Restaurants Jerusalem, Chef Assaf Granit and Noga Eliash-Zalmanovich, co-curator of the exhibition Fashion Statements: Decoding Israeli Dress at the Israel Museum, spoke about the relationship between Israeli fashion and local cuisine and the similarity between them. In the spirit of the main intersections of Israeli fashion, Chef Assaf Granit prepared entrées inspired by the topics that occupied the fashion designers’ minds: the use of local ingredients; the relationship between scarcity and plenty; the relationship between the Mediterranean region and Europe; and the fusion between past and future.

The IMJ held the fourth annual Jerusalem Jazz Festival in December. Guests experienced three wonderful days of encounters between musicians from Israel and around the world, in the unique and magical atmosphere of the art galleries of the Israel Museum. A thrilling jazz celebration from Azerbaijan, Italy, the Czech Republic, France, Brazil and the US, as well as original performances, one-time combinations between the visiting artists, surprising solo breakthroughs, master workshops, jams into the night, and more.

Special Displays
Festive Attire
Festive Attire of the Baghdadi Jewish Community
Calcutta and Mumbai, end of the 19th century
Hadassa Goldvicht
Hadassa Goldvicht – The House Of Life
Israeli, born Israel 1981, active Israel and USA
The Jewish community of Baghdad was one of the most ancient and influential communities in the east, living through different rules among them Ottoman and British. Since the eighteenth century, Jewish merchants and entrepreneurs from Baghdad have established satellite Jewish communities in places as Mumbai and Calcutta in India and and also in cities as Rangoon, and Shanghai. Despite their far-flung international residence, Baghdadi Jews clung to their Iraqi Jewish traditions. Their attire, however, already incorporated a mixture of British Victorian and local styles. as can be seen in this exhibit.  

Curators: No'am Bar'am – Ben Yossef, Senior Curator Julia and Leo Forchheimer Department of Jewish Ethnography, and Efrat Assaf-Shapira, Associate Curator, Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life.

This attire belonged to Reema Isaac Nissim, born in Calcutta, 1852 and died in Mumbai, 1899 after moving there for her marriage with Nissim Saleh Ezra Nissim. Extended loan from her granddaughters Lillian Toffel, Rosemary Rosen and Edwina Grodzinski, London

 
In 2013, Beit Venezia, the Venice Center for International Jewish Studies, invited artist Hadassa Goldvicht to create a video piece about the Jewish community there. Aldo Izzo, guardian of the Jewish cemetery in Venice became the center of the project. Through Izzo’s lifelong work in preserving the memory of the dead and through Goldvicht’s artistic intervention in it, the cemetery becomes a house of life. Displaying a part of this work in the Rhythm of Life gallery broadens the look on the richness of Jewish traditions worldwide. It also bestows a further dimension on the perennial dialogue between life and death and the personal and the collective, which reverberates among the objects on view in the gallery. The project includes The Library, 2016, video, 6:00 mins, and Threshold, 2017, Video, 6:35 mins. The project was purchased by the "Here & Now" Contemporary Israeli Art Aquisitions Committee, Israel. The special display is made possible by the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation.

Curators: Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn, Senior Curator and Head of the David Ogler Department of Israeli Art and Efrat Assaf-Shapira, Associate Curator, Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life.


 

Tree of Life Goddess
Tree of Life Goddess
Boris Schatz
Daydreaming: Boris Schatz's Jerusalem Rebuilt – One Hundred Years Later
This 7,500-year-old goddess figurine from Neve Yam is among the world’s earliest evidence for established religion, the origins of which date back to the agricultural revolution, around 10,000 years ago. It is similar to contemporaneous figurines, especially the one discovered at Hagosherim, some 100 km away. The striking resemblance between the two objects indicates that the cult of the goddess was widespread by this time. In later periods, the combination of a plant motif (the Tree of Life) with the image of a woman (the goddess) became a common image throughout the Ancient Near East, where it represented the goddess Asherah.

Image above: Tree of Life Goddess, Figurine of a goddess decorated with palm fronds or stalks of grain, Neve Yam, Wadi Rabah culture, Late Neolithic Period, 7,500 years ago, incised bone, Collection of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

On display from September, 2018- March, 2019

Curator: Ahiad Ovadia, Ilse Katz Leibholz Curator of Prehistoric Cultures
In December 1917, Boris Schatz wrote his utopian novella Jerusalem Rebuilt: A Daydream. There, he described the land of Israel – and Jerusalem in particular – as he envisioned it in a hundred years' time. In his drawing for the cover of Jerusalem Rebuilt, the artist Ze'ev Raban chose to depict the story's opening scene, in which Schatz fantasized he saw on the roof of the Bezalel School the biblical artist Bezalel ben Uri, who built the Tabernacle. In the scene, Bezalel tries to lift up Schatz's spirits by inviting him to travel to the future and visit Palestine in 2018. Schatz envisioned a bright future characterized by tolerance and mutual respect, in which people would live in full harmony with themselves and their surroundings and art would be a fundamental part of their existence. The Museum aspires to realize something of Schatz's vision of the modern Temple as a center of creative activity, inspiration, and spiritual life in the heart of Jerusalem. A Boris Schatz Conference was held at the Israel Museum entitled "From Sofia to Jerusalem and Beyond."

Curator: Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn, Senior Curator and Head of the David Ogler Department of Israeli Art
Gifts and Acquisitions
Opera Omnia

Opera Omnia (The Complete works; Phaleg, Canaan, and Hierozoicon) written by Samuel Bochart in 1692

Samuel Bochart, a Protestant pastor, Orientalist, philologist, historical geographer, and Bible scholar, is considered a pioneer in the field of the history of ideas. The Opera Omnia (The Complete works; Phaleg, Canaan, and Hierozoicon) contains three of his major works, which had a profound impact on biblical exegesis and the notion of Sacred Geography in the early modern period. This gift was generously donated to the Museum by George Birnbaum, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Traveling Exhibitions
Opening Ceremony Escher

"The Miracle of M.C. Escher: Prints from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem” at Abeno Harukas Art Museum, Osaka, with representatives from the Abeno Harukas Art Museum, The Sankei Shimbun, Blue Dragon Art Company, Mr. Arieh Rosen, Culture and Science Affairs Attaché, Israel’s Embassy in Japan and IMJ staff.

The Miracle of M.C. Escher: Prints from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Curator: Ronit Sorek, Curator, Ruth and Joseph Bromberg Department of Prints and Drawings
Currently at: Abeno Harukas Art Museum, Osaka, November 16, 2018 – January 14, 2019
Upcoming showings at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, February 27-March 30, 2019
and The Museum of Art, Ehime April-June, 2019.
Previously presented at the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo opened June 6 closed July 29, 2018

The exhibition on tour to four venues in Japan includes some 150 prints and drawings spanning Escher’s artistic development, as well as the range of techniques used by this exceptional artist.
>> Exhibition website
>> International Press: The Japan Times and The Sankei News

International Friends Events: What's on Next
London
19 January Our German Friends will hold their annual General Meeting 2018 in Berlin. For more information, please contact Magdalena Backhaus.

22 January - Our British Friends will be hosting their annual Young BFAMI Artists Party. For more information, please contact Gili Yuval.

24 January – AFIM Palm Beach Event. For more information, please contact Natalie Hernandez.

29 January – BFAMI will be hosting their annual Gala. For more information, please contact Michelle Hyman.

February 5 - Our Swiss Friends will have a private tour and reception at the Fondation Beyeler where they will visit the Picasso: Blue and Rose exhibition. For more information, please contact Lori Spector.

Feb 9 – AFIM will be hosting their annual West Coast Gala. For more information, please contact Natalie Hernandez.

March 29-31 - Our Hong Kong Friends will organize a couple of events around Art Basel. The events will be finalized early in the New Year. For more information, please contact Marc Zilkha

End of March, 2019 – Our Italian Friends are planning a trip to Israel. For more information, please contact Daniela Stefanelli.

Beginning of April (either April 3rd or 9th), our German Friends will kick-off their 2019 “Bridging the Gap” Dialogue Series in Hamburg. The topic of the event will be The relationship Germany – Israel – USA. For more information, please contact Magdalena Backhaus.

April 10 – AFIM will be hosting a Spring Luncheon. For more information, please contact Natalie Hernandez.

Mid-May – Our Italian Friends will be hosting their annual Gala Dinner in Milano. For more information, please contact Daniela Stefanelli.

Spring 2019 - BFAMI is planning a trip to Israel. For more information, please contact Gili Yuval.

May 23-27 – Our Israel Friends are planning a trip to Moscow, curated by Tanya Surokovich, Michael Bromberg Head Curator of the Ruth and Joseph Bromberg Department of Prints and Drawings, in the Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing. For more information, please contact Deena Genzel.

June 2-5 – Join us for the International Council in Jerusalem. For more information, please contact Carina Auerbach-Hod.

June 6-9 – AFIM is planning a post-Council trip to Provence, France. For more information, please contact: Natalie Hernandez.

Summer 2019 – BFAMI will host their annual Women in Art Lunch and Young Adult YBFAMI Summer Party. For more information, please contact Gili Yuval.

Mid- September – Italian Friends Venice Trip to see the Contemporary Art Biennale. For more information, please contact Daniela Stefanelli.

October 29 - AFIM Annual Gala, The Plaza, New York. For more information, please contact: Natalie Hernandez.
Past International Friends Events
AFIM Gala
French Friends Gala
AFIM’s Annual Gala, chaired by Pamela Sanders and Orna Stern, took place on October 29th at The Plaza, and raised over $1.7 M. 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. Many thanks to our National Underwriters Jill and Jay Bernstein, Stacey Bronfman, Hana and Allan Green, Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert, and Hope Warschaw and John Law.
Les Amis Français du Museé d’Israel hosted 3 days of Art in Paris for the European and American Friends. They went to a private visit at Manufacture de Sevres and to Centre Pompidou. Helene Nguyen Ban hosted a marvelous dinner at her home on November 5. They visited artist Adel Abdessemed and saw Ron Amir's new exhibition at Musee d’art Moderne. On November 6, they held their annual Gala dinner and auction at the renewed Pavillon Gabriel with 200 guests. On November 7, Gerard Levy’s family opened the gallery for the group. The group then visited the exhibition Miro at the Grand Palais, then the opening fare of "Paris Photo," ending the day with a visit to "Fondation Louis Vuitton" for the Jean Michel Basquiat & Egon Schiele exhibit. The trip ended with a delicious closing dinner at Veronique and Frederic Chiche’s home.
 
Swiss Gala
SAFIM Gala
The Swiss Friends of the Israel Museum celebrated its annual gala 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, and their auction raised nearly 100,000CHF for the Israel Museum, with 36 scholarships sold to send under-privileged kids to year long art classes at the Museum and a two night stay at the newly opened Jaffa Hotel sold for 15,000CHF! They had many new faces in their audience this year, with some guests joining them for the first time, and a broad mix of ages and backgrounds with members of the Zurich art world coming out in force.
This year the South African Friends Gala was held in Cape Town on the 13th November. Moondance Villa was the perfect backdrop for their special night. Annelize Buchanan and Chef Ollie wowed with the food. The diverse selection of art, expertly auctioned by Strauss & Co, piqued everyone’s interest, and the surprise dessert masterpiece and portrait coffee added the finishing touches to a successful event. They had 114 guests in attendance, including honored guests Prof. Ido Bruno and James Snyder, and raised a significant amount from the auction on the night. 100% of proceeds will go to worthy art initiatives both in South Africa and at the Israel Museum’s Youth Wing.
VIP Visits
Isaac Molho and Chief Rabbi of Israel
Maimonides Opening

L: Isaac Molho, Chair of the Israel Museum Board, Rishon LeZion Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Chief Rabbi of Israel
R: From Left to Right: H.E. Manuel Gómez-Acebo, Ambassador of Spain to Israel, Ido Bruno, Director of the Israel Museum, H.E. Archbishop José Tolentino de Mendonça, Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church, David Blumberg, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Library of Israel, H.E. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Nuncio in Israel.

The Israel Museum was honored with many foreign dignitary visits: 

- Cecilia Attard Pirotta, Republic of Malta Ambassador to Israel, organized a group of Women Ambassadors to join her at the Israel Museum. Ambassadors from the following countries were represented: Ireland, Denmark, France, Malta, Ecuador, and Thailand.
- Jean-Daniel Ruch, Ambassador of Switzerland to Israel.
- Hervé Barbaret, Secretary General, French Ministry of Culture.
- Ambassador of Italy Gianluigi Benedetti and Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Hon. Guglielmo Picchi.
- A delegation from Honduras, including the Honduras Minister of Tourism.
- Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu.
- His Excellency Wang Qishan, Vice President of the People's Republic of China.
- Slovakian Delegation, which consisted of Mr. Ivan Sečík, Deputy Minister of Culture of Slovakia; Mrs. Viera Anoškinová, Head of BIB Department, Coordinator of International Symposium BIB; Mrs. Zuzana Jarošová, BIB General Commissioner, Chair of the BIB International Committee; Mrs. Tanya Sternson, Member of the International Jury of "Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2017", Chair of the INC-BIB; Mr. Peter Holý, Consul at the Embassy of Slovakia in Tel Aviv.

News from our Curators
Adolfo Roitman in Brazil

Dr. Adolfo Roitman at the Second International Conference on Biblical Archeology, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

On September 5th, the second meeting of the Israeli Forum of Collections Managers and Registrars took place in the Jewish Art and Life Wing.  Hosted by Storage and Collection Manager Gioia Perugia, the meeting, which included 16 participants, focused on the multi-faceted aspect of the Wing's collections and its storage methods.

Laura A. Peri, Rodney E. Soher Curator of Western Asiatic Antiquities, presented a paper at the international conference: “The Crossroads III – A Stranger in the House. Foreigners in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Societies of the Bronze Age,” which was held on September 10-13, 2018, at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague. The paper's title was Names of Foreigners: The Northern Presence in the Southern Levant in the 2nd Millennium BCE and will be published as a peer-reviewed article in the proceedings of the conference due to appear in 2019. 
 
Laura additionally gave two presentations at an international research workshop: “Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond (c. 2000 BCE–c. 650 CE),” which was held from October 1–10 at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens. The workshop is a collaborative project between the Johns Hopkins University and the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens and is founded by the Getty Foundation, through its Connecting Art Histories Initiative. Prof. Marian Feldman (JHU) and Dr. Antigoni Zournatzi (NHRF) serve as co-program leaders for the project.  Laura attended this workshop and actively participated in it thanks to a fully scholarship also founded by the Getty Foundation. Laura’s lectures included: The Mitannian Cylinder Seals from Cyprus and the Aegean Revisited; The Underwater Sculptural Finds from Israel dating from the Bronze Age to the Late Byzantine Period, with a Special Emphasis on the Late Bronze Age Finds and their Parallels from Northern Mediterranean.

On October 4, Shlomit Steinberg, Hans Dichand Senior Curator of European Art Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing, presented at the Bible Lands Museum's conference "The Future of Looted Art." Shlomit presented on the topic of "Mordechai Narkiss and the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization (JRSO): The years 1950-1955." 

Shlomit Steinberg presented at the German Lost Art Foundation's conference "20 Years Washington Principles: Roadmap for the Future" on the topic "The Gurlitt Affair between Jerusalem and Berlin:In the Spirit of Doing the Right Thing." The conference was held in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin from November 26 – 28, 2018.

The Jewish Art and Life Wing hosted The Advanced Curatorial Education Program (A-CEP) of the Association of European Jewish Museums (AEJM) in October 7-11, 2018. The program was attended by 23 participants from Jewish Museums in Europe and included professional workshops based mostly on the Jewish Art and Life Wing's wide and comprehensive collection, guided tours in the galleries of the Israel Museum, and guided tours and workshops at the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art and the Museum for Islamic Art. The event was coordinated by the Jewish Art and Life Wing's Storage and Collection Manager, Gioia Perugia, and Curator Sharon Weiser-Ferguson who also delivered a special workshop.

Dr. Rachel Sarfati, senior curator at the Jewish Art and Life Wing, participated in the annual Association of European Jewish Museums (AEJM) conference, themed "The Politicisation of European Jewish Museums: Consequences and Responses" held in Budapest, Hungary, between November 18-20.

On October 16, Dr. Rachel Sarfati presented the lecture "The Florence Scroll": A Painted Journey from Egypt to the Land of Israel in the framework of a Reward of The Joseph & Racheline Barda Chair for the Study and Research of Jewish Heritage In Egypt 2018 at the University of Haifa, which she received for her PhD thesis.

The Jewish Art and Life Circle of Friends is opening a fifth season, on Feb. 26, March 26, May 14 and June 18. The Circle is meant for our friends who are interested in Jewish art and culture. Members of this intimate circle will experience a behind-the-scenes view of the Wing's activities, including curatorial tours of the galleries and a preview of objects from the collection which are not displayed. In addition, they will enjoy thought-provoking talks by some of the Jewish studies world's leading scholars. For further details and registration please contact Miki Joelson.

News from the Ruth Youth Wing
Purim at the Youth Wing

Purim is a holiday of joy and colors, costumes and festivities, celebration and togetherness. For many children, this is a favorite holiday and they look forward to dressing up as queens, kings, dragons, butterflies, and an array of other characters. At the Youth Wing, this year the children and their families will have the opportunity to design royal garments for themselves, using silver, gold, and sparkling materials provided by the Youth Wing art workshops. Like in the Book of Esther, where Mordechai was honored by being paraded throughout the city of Shushan accompanied by orchestras and celebration, our families will be paraded through the Museum with much ceremony, noise, and festivity by a group of musicians. The families will be taken to the exhibition Fashion Statements: Decoding Israeli Dress where a podium will stand at the center of the gallery set up for an exquisite and unique fashion show. The children, in their newly created costumes, will walk down the catwalk, exhibiting their creations. To emphasize the activity and the spirit of the holiday, paparazzi – like – photographers will photograph them, helping to create the full impression of a real life fashion show. At the end of the display, the participants will receive a special sweet surprise as a reward for their participation.

Short and Sweet

Watch for the next IMJ magazine, which will be published in January with in-depth details of exhibitions, new acquisitions, events, and more!
 

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