IMJ Leadership Newsflash
June 2017
IC in Review

Selfie with Ai Weiwei. © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Peter Lanyi 

2017 Honorary Fellows. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Peter Lanyi 

Taking selfies with guest speaker Ai Weiwei after conversation with James Snyder and viewing of the Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not exhibition
Honorary Fellows Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, Ruth Cheshin, Dr. Joseph Ciechanover, Torkom Demirjian, Sonja Lahnstein-Kandel, and Grace Frankel and Hanns Salzer Levi

Micha Bar-Am: 1967 exhibition workshop. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Peter Lanyi 

Dancing at the IC Gala. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner

Exclusive curator-led exhibition tours and workshops of our newly-opened summer exhibition season
Our festive IC Gala Dinner featured stunning video art, a bold jewel-tone palette, and a 70s theme

See the Sounds concert at Ticho House. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

The People of HaNevi'im (Prophets) Street walking tour. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

Dinner and See the Sounds: Classical Music Festival concert at Ticho House featured world-renowned harpist Xavier de Maistre, baritone Christopher Maltman, and the National Chamber Choir Marin Madrigal of Romania
Exploring the characters and homes of well-known Israeli historical figures and hidden gems of Jerusalem's British Mandate-era 
Venice Biennale

Venice, Italy

**Last Call**

Register for the 2017 Venice Biennale Trip
September 7-11

Specially priced young associates registration 
View the program

Join our Italian Friends on a trip to the 2017 Venice Biennale. Led by IMJ curators, the program includes visits to the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi, a special visit to The House of Life installation by Israeli artist Hadassa Goldvicht, and an optional visit to the Palladium villas led by Guido Beltramini, Director of the CISA (International Center of Architecture Studies) and world-class expert on Andrea Palladio. 

**Registration ends June 20** 

Please contact Judith Amselem at the Israel Museum to register or for additional details.
What's on Next

London, UK

June 19 – Private preview and tour of Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2017 exhibition, London. Click here for the invitation. For details please contact our British Friends.

July 6 – Young BFAMI Summer Art Party – including cocktail reception, private viewing of "The Resonance Project," and an after-party, London. Click here for the invitation. For details please email Gili Yuval at our British Friends.

July 27-30 – Austrian Friends Gala and International Program, Salzburg; for details please contact Alena Janser at our Austrian Friends. 
August 6-9 – American Friends Aspen trip; for details please contact Kelly Calanni at our American Friends.

August 9 – Canadian Friends POP-UP Museum Event, Toronto; for details please contact Pearl Berman at our Canadian Friends.
August 23 – South African Friends Gala and Auction, Johannesburg; for details please contact Sarin Goott at our South African Friends. Click here for the invitation. 
September 7-10 – South African Friends Johannesburg Art Fair VIP Program; for details please contact Sarin Goott at our South African Friends.

October 1 – AFIM Fall Gala, New York; for details please contact Kelly Calanni at our American Friends.

October 23 – Israeli Friends Gala, Jerusalem; for details please contact Director of our Israeli Friends Lea Rotstein
February 1-4, 2018 – International Executive Council, Vienna

June 3-6, 2018 – International Council, Jerusalem
Opening June 21

Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins from the Victor Adda Collection. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner

Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins from the Victor Adda Collection – This astounding collection of 75 gold coins, never before seen by the public, bears portraits of Roman emperors, their families, and courts. The slogans on the coins – mainly relating to victory, security, and peace – display how little propaganda has changed over thousands of years. Opens June 21, 7:00 pm
New on Display

Installation shot of In Full Color: 60 Years of Design by Dan Reisinger. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

We are pleased to reveal our full slate of newly opened summer-season exhibitions >> In the press

Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not – Powerful and visually captivating works addressing compelling issues of human rights and freedom of expression.
Ilit Azoulay: No Thing Dies – Inspired by interviews and stories told by past and present Museum employees, Ilit Azoulay has created a series of collages shrouded in mystery, breathing life into objects that are not on permanent display. 

Design Matters – Illuminating the complex system of decisions, connections, and coincidences behind the Department of Design and Architecture's collection of over 10,000 design objects. 

In Full Color: 60 Years of Design by Dan Reisinger – This extensive survey of Reisinger's colorful and innovative work includes designs for private and public organizations such as the Tel Aviv Municipality, IDF, HaBimah National Theater, and El Al. In Full Color examines the origins of these icons and the societal shifts they reflect. 

Micha Bar-Am: 1967 – A comprehensive survey of 1967 as documented by photographer Micha Bar-Am. Rare original prints depict seminal national events alongside scenes of everyday Israeli life, illuminating the society, economy, and culture of the time.

Ancient Egyptian Coffin-Lids – Two ancient Egyptian coffin-lids dating to ca. 950-900 and 550-330 BCE are now on display in the Archaeology Wing. These polychrome decorated wooden lids, inscribed with hieroglyphic funerary inscriptions and dedicatory scenes to gods of the Egyptian underworld, reveal the names, titles, and prominent social rank of the coffin owners.
Recent Dedications

Pictured from left to right: Director Emeritus James S. Snyder, Curator of the Asian Art Department Miriam Malachi, Chief Curator of Fine Arts Mira Lapidot, and Geoffroy Wallier. Photo © by Francois Kaplan

Money-Shaking Tree (pictured above) – This extremely rare, nearly 2,000 year-old Han Dynasty artifact from the Sichuan province was dedicated by IMJ friend Geoffroy Wallier in honor of his late father Guy Wallier. A dear, devoted, and beloved friend of the IMJ for over 40 years, Guy is fondly remembered for his kindness, exuberance, and warmth. Close family and friends joined Geoffroy, Curator of the Asian Art Department Miriam Malachi, and the Chinese Embassy in Israel's cultural attachée for an intimate and elegant dedication ceremony.
Money-shaking trees were placed on graves to ensure the wealth and good fortune of the deceased on their journey to the afterlife. The trees' fine bronze-cast branches were laden with ordinary coins featuring celestial beings in long robes, frolicking monkeys, and mythical creatures like the phoenix. Only 70 surviving examples are known of today.
Travelling Exhibitions + On Loan

From the IMJ exhibition New Types: Three Pioneers of Graphic Design. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner

Leipzig, Germany - June 18-Sept. 24, 2017– Originally exhibited at the IMJ, New Types: Three Pioneers of Graphic Design, will be on display at the Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig (the Printing Museum in Leipzig) .

Chicago, USA - June 25-Sept. 10, 2017 & Paris, France Oct. 9, 2017-Jan. 21, 2018 – Paul Gauguin's The Fire Dance (Upa upa) will be on loan from our IMJ collection to the Art Institute of Chicago and to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris as part of the travelling exhibition Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist

New Haven, USA - Aug. 31-Nov. 19, 2017Social Construction: Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine, a traveling exhibition of the IMJ Jewish Art and Life Wing, will be on display at the Yale School of Architecture. 

NYC, USA - Nov. 3-Mar. 18, 2018 –  Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe will be on display at the Jewish Museum, New York, under the new exhibition title Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress - From the Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 

Rome, Italy - May 15-July 23 – The Israel Museum is a contributor to the joint exhibition of the Vatican Museum and the Jewish Museum in Rome on the depiction of the Menorah over the centuries. Major IMJ loans include Poussin’s The Destruction and Sack of the Temple of Jerusalem and important archaeological artifacts. >> In the press

Please contact Laura Gilinski to coordinate a program involving IMJ loans.
IMJ Curators and Staff Around the World

Kraków, Poland

Dr. Haim Gitler in Kraków, Poland, June 28-July 2, 2017 – Chief Curator of Archaeology Dr. Haim Gitler will give a talk on Continuity or Change from the Acheamenid to Hellenistic Kingdoms at the International Coinage in Imperial Space Conference organized by the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, the National Museum in Kraków, and the University of Oxford.

Ronit Sorek in Hamburg, Germany, July 3 – Coinciding with the European Imprint: Jacob Pins and German Expressionism exhibition at Ticho House and with Pins' 100th birthday, Curator of Prints and Drawings Ronit Sorek will give a talk on Depictions of God in Israeli Modern and Contemporary Art at the Institute for Jewish Philosophy and Religion at the University of Hamburg.

Dr. Adina Kamien-Kazhdan in Lausanne & Geneva, Switzerland, July 9-14 – Senior Curator in the Department of Modern Art Dr. Adina Kamien-Kazhdan will give a lecture on Remaking the Readymade at the 11th International IAWIS/AIERTI Conference "Images and Texts Reproduced" at the University of Lausanne.

Dr. Allison Kupietzky in Los Angeles, USA, Aug. 10-22 – Our Collections Database Manager, Dr. Allison Kupietzky will participate in an international workshop on partnering towards a multilingual thesaurus at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. 

Dr. Adolfo Roitman in Mexico City, Mexico, Aug. 28 & Madrid, Spain, Oct. 5, 9, 10 – Kicking off the 70th year of their discovery, Dead Sea Scrolls Curator and Head of the Shrine of the Book Dr. Adolfo Roitman will become an honorary member of the Academy of Science and Faith at the Pontifical University in Mexico. In honor of this event, Dr. Roitman will give a talk on The Demoniacal Origin of Evil in Ancient Judaism.

Adolfo is also invited as a guest lecturer at the University of Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid—details to follow.

Efrat Assaf-Shapira in NYC, USA – Jewish Art and Life Wing curator Efrat Assaf-Shapira will oversee the installation of Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress - From the Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, at the Jewish Museum, New York in November. Exact travel dates to be confirmed.

Please contact Laura Gilinski to coordinate events or meetings with our curators or staff.
Recent Events

From left to right: Jill Cerasi, Giorgina Djanogly, Pamela Crystal, Jenny Holzer RA, Martin Böhm, Francine Peters, Martina Batovic. Photo © by Helen Booker

Hard on the heels of this year's IMJ International Council, the BFAMI Women In Art Lunch held on June 8 at the Berkeley Hotel in London was a marvelous success. Nearly 200 guests were warmly welcomed by Chair Francine Peters, followed by a stimulating and thought provoking conversation between artist Jenny Holzer RA, recipient of BFAMI Women in Art 2017 award, and BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz. Holzer generously donated an artwork to the raffle drawn by BFAMI Co-Chair Pamela Crystal.  
Short and Sweet

Yvonne Fleitman, Senior Curator of the Department of Art of the Americas

Fawzi Ibrahim, full-time Curator of the Rockefeller Museum, our satellite location in East Jerusalem

The IMJ is proud to announce three new appointments: 
  • Yvonne FleitmanSenior Curator of the Department of Art of the Americas
  • Fawzi Ibrahim–Full-time Curator of the Rockefeller Museum
  • Dorit ShafirSenior Curator of the Department of Arts of Africa and Oceania
Congratulations to our IMJ colleagues and best of luck in your new roles!

Dorit Shafir, Senior Curator of the Department of Arts of Africa and Oceania

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