IMJ Insider | Winter 2017
Art and Artists in our Time
Inside the Exhibitions
Francisco Goya: Daydreams and Nightmares
Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art
Day and night play important roles in the works of Spanish master Francisco Goya (1746–1828). This exhibition, marking thirty years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Spain, features the largest group of Goya paintings that the Prado Museum in Madrid has ever loaned. Ten large-scale oil paintings including The Parasol, Flight of Witches, and The Straw Manikin are currently on display with a selection of Goya's bold etchings created at various stages of his artistic life. These examples of Los Caprichos, Los Desastres de la Guerra, and Tauromaquia are from the Museum’s own collection.
Curator: Shlomit Steinberg
November 12, 2016 – April 18, 2017
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For the last two hundred years, Jewish and Israeli artists have engaged with the figure of Jesus in addressing complex questions of collective and individual identity–from European artists who reclaimed Jesus as a Jew and portrayed him as a symbol of Jewish suffering, to Zionist artists who considered his resurrection a metaphor for the rebirth of the Jewish homeland. This exhibition presents multivalent, unexpected, and at times subversive representations of Jesus. Among the artists featured in the exhibition are: Marc Chagall, Moshe Gershuni, Maurycy Gottlieb, Menashe Kadishman, E. M. Lilien, Reuven Rubin, and Igael Tumarkin.

Curator: Amitai Mendelsohn
December 20, 2016 – April 22, 2017

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The Shadow of Color Installation Shot
Ron Amir, Bisharah and Anwar's Tree, 2015
Works by four pioneering artists are brought together for the first time to shed new light on 20th-century abstract art. Though active in different countries and periods, all four placed form, color, and shadow at the heart of their work. Theoretician, political activist, painter, and sculptor Otto Freundlich belonged to the first generation of abstract artists, working alongside Braque and Picasso; multi-disciplinary New Zealand artist Len Lye was an  animated film-making pioneer; Brazilian painter and installation artist Lygia Clark created innovative interactive works; and Blinky Palermo was known for his “fabric paintings.”
Curator: Rita Kersting
December 20, 2016 – April 22, 2017

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Two Israeli Photography Exhibitions – Now Showing
Ron Amir's solo show Doing Time in Holot showcases the artist’s long-term photography project at the Holot Detention Center in the Israeli Negev desert, where over 3,500 refugees from Sudan and Eritrea are currently held. Amir’s photography and video work, features scenes from the daily lives of these refugees around, not in, the detention center, where detainees have developed a whole culture for killing time--makeshift communal huts, improvised tea shops, and decorated benches for meeting.
Adjacent to Amir's show is Born in Israel by photographer Yaakov Shofar who presents members of the Israeli Black Panthers movement, second generation Jewish immigrants to Israel from Arab countries in Jerusalem’s underprivileged neighborhoods.  Shofar's masterful camera-work presents the figures that he interviewed and photographed between 1978 and 1982 as creative activists.
Both exhibitions have already attracted a great deal of Israeli and international media attention.  
Curator: Noam Gal
December 20, 2016 – April 22, 2017

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VIP Visits: Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal
The Israel Museum in partnership with the Hebrew University and the German “Collecting and Display” research forum held a major international conference entitled Collection and Provenance on November 13–16. The conference, hosted at the Museum, examined provenance research and the historical, legal, and ethical aspects of artistic copyright.
Keynote speaker was eminent British ceramicist Edmund de Waal, author of the bestselling book The Hare with Amber Eyes which follows his journey through Jewish history and art history on the trail of his family’s collection of Japanese miniatures (netsuke).
Focus on our Friends
Image courtesy of our French Friends
Image courtesy of our Swiss Friends
An Art Promenade in Paris

On December 5-6, 2016, our French Friends welcomed guests from near and far to a special winter program including exclusive visits to galleries, museums, and a private collection. Events took place at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Musée Picasso, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, and VNH Gallery. An elegant closing dinner was hosted by Helene Nguyen Ban, co-chair of the VNH Gallery.

On March 6-7, 2017, our French Friends will host us once again for two days of private tours  and receptions in Paris. The program will culminate with a gala at Pavillon Vendôme/Paris on March 7.

Please contact Caroline Davidovici for more details.
Swiss Friends Gala
The annual gala dinner of the Swiss Friends of the Israel Museum, on the theme of glass and light in the Museum’s collections, took place on December 13, 2016 at the Kunsthaus Zurich. The festive dinner was followed by a performance of celebrated Israeli singer Rita and a gala auction featuring works by leading international contemporary artists. The successful evening, attended by a record 220 guests, was organized by our Swiss Friends Co-Presidents Vera and Didier Bollag and their dedicated committee.
Please contact our Swiss Friends for more details.
Photographed by the photographer at Patrick McMullan
Image courtesy of BFAMI
American Friends in New York and Palm Beach
On November 2, 2016, the American Friends of the Israel Museum (AFIM) held its annual dinner at Cipriani 25 Broadway. This year’s gala theme — NOW — honored the dynamic landscape of culture in Israel today. Chaired by Lisa Kaufman and Pamela Pantzer, the dinner celebrated both the notable richness of art in Israel today, and recognized trends in contemporary Israeli cuisine. Acclaimed chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Percy Street Barbecue, and Federal Donuts curated the evening’s menu.
AFIM's Palm Beach Celebration was held on January 19, 2017 at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. The evening was Co-Chaired by Jill Bernstein, Ronnie Heyman, and Bonnie Stern.

The first American Friends West Coast Gala was held on February 4, 2017 at Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. Dinner was provided by Chef Neal Fraser, John & Vinny, and Friends. The evening honored American artist Ed Ruscha.
Please contact Alix Greenberg at the American Friends for more details about New York and Palm Beach events.

Please contact Janna Fisher at the American Friends for more details about West Coast events.
British Friends 70th Anniversary Events
January marked the British Friends' 70th anniversary, celebrated with a Gala Dinner and auction on January 18, 2017 hosted by Christie’s and JW Marriott London. Renowned designer, architect, and artist Ron Arad RA was the evening's guest of honor. The auction included the last Jeff Koons' Ballerina special edition statue and artworks donated by Raqib Shaw, Tracey Emin, Keith Tyson, John Gerrard, Erez Israeli, Moshe Gershuni, and other established and emerging international artists.
Prior to the Gala, the BFAMI Young Friends Artists Party took place at Christie’’s, King Street, London. More than 500 guests viewed works included in the BFAMI Gala auction. 

Just before Passover (April 3-7), our British Friends will enjoy a special 70th anniversary trip to Israel including exclusive visits to private art collections, curator-led tours of museums throughout the country, culinary experiences, cultural events, and more.
Please contact the British Friends for more details.
Upcoming Friends Events
March 27
Italian Friends Gala, Milan

The Italian Friends Gala, generously sponsored by Christie's, will take place at Palazzo Clerici.
Please contact the Italian Friends for more details.
Stay tuned for information about our Italian Friends September Venice trip.
April 13 * note date change 
Passover Open House, Jerusalem

If you will be in Israel, this Passover, please remember to sign up for our annual Passover Open House. IMJ friends from near and far are invited for curator-led tours of our galleries.
Please contact Yvette Messinas at the Israel Museum for more details.
June 4-7
The 2017 International Council, Jerusalem

This year’s Council, on the theme of Art and Artists in our Time, will focus on contemporary creative culture in Israel and worldwide, exploring how artists and their artistic enterprise add meaning to contemporary life (see Laura's letter for more details).
Please contact Carina Auerbach-Hod at the Israel Museum for more details.
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