IMJ Insider | Summer 2017
Inside the Exhibitions

Iron Trees, Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

No Place Like Home. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not

Opened in early June in the presence of the artist, Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not displays captivating works by this prominent Chinese artist for the first time in Israel. Addressing compelling issues of human rights and freedom of expression, Ai Weiwei's spectacular installation includes 23 tons of hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds, a variation of a larger scale work first presented at London's Tate Modern in 2010, as well as the debut of two Iron Trees flanking the Museum’s Shrine of the Book (pictured above) Read more>>
Curator: Mira Lapidot
In the Press>>
The Israel Museum is offering a unique numbered and signed limited edition Ai Weiwei book by TASCHEN. For more information, see below.
No Place Like Home

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Dada movement in 2016 and the centennial of Duchamp's iconic Fountain in 2017, our galleries have been transformed into a domestic interior displaying artworks inspired by everyday household objects that invite visitors to reflect on the representation of the domestic realm in modern and contemporary art. Featuring works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Claes Oldenberg, Andy Wahol, Martha Rosler, Louise Bourgeois, Mona Hatoum, and Ilit Azoulay, the exhibition reexamines the concepts negotiated in the domestic sphere, including gender roles, memory, nostalgia, and questions of place and displacement. Read more >>

Curator: Dr. Adina Kamien-Kazhdan
In the Press>>

Faces of Power. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

Ilit Azoulay: No Thing Dies. Photo © Ilit Azoulay

Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins from the Victor Adda Collection

An astounding collection of 75 gold coins, never before displayed to the public, offers a rare glimpse into the world of the rulers of the Roman Empire. Revealing the great artistic skill involved in their creation, the exhibition follows the development of portraits on coinage over a period of 350 years, from the establishment of the Empire to its acceptance of Christianity as its official religion. The slogans on the coins – the majority of which include words relating to victory, security, and peace – display how little propaganda has changed over two thousand years. Read more >>

Curators: Dr. Haim Gitler and Yaniv Schauer
Ilit Azoulay: No Thing Dies

This solo exhibition represents the culmination of Ilit Azoulay’s ongoing Museum exploration project, in which she interviewed past and present employees to learn how the institution has changed over the years and how rare objects made their way in to the Museum's collections. Inspired by these stories, the artist created large-scale collages comprised of photographs of collection artifacts and hidden corners of the Museum campus, combined with paper, wood, glass, and gold leaf. The result is a series of works shrouded in mystery that breathe life into objects that have not been displayed to the public for many years, imbuing them with a new and contemporary purpose. Read more>>

Curator: Noam Gal
In the Press>>

In Full Color: 60 Years of Dan ReisingerPhoto © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

Design Matters. Photo © Assaf Evron 

In Full Color: 60 Years of Design by Dan Reisinger

An extensive survey of the colorful and innovative work of Dan Reisinger. Born in 1934, Reisinger is considered the most prolific Israeli designer of his generation; his significant impact on the development of design in Israel is still apparent today. This exhibition highlights the wide range of his work in both style and size: from business cards and keychains to buildings and large-scale supergraphics. The designs Reisinger created for private companies as well as public organizations such as the Tel Aviv Municipality, IDF, HaBimah National Theater, and El Al, became integral elements on the Israeli visual landscape. In Full Color examines the origins of these icons and the societal shifts they reflect. Read more>>

Curator: Dan Handel
Design Matters

Since the Museum’s establishment over 50 years ago, the Department of Design and Architecture has amassed a collection of over 10,000 objects—including works from past exhibitions and donor gifts— reflecting the taste and style of the Department's curators over the years. Through hundreds of objects, this exhibition illuminates the complex system of decisions, connections, and coincidences behind the collection, emphasizing its variety: from mass-produced consumer products such as iPods to unique objects such as 1930s cookie molds designed by Franzisca Baruch; and from pieces by renowned artists to works by anonymous designers. Read more>>

Curator: Dan Handel

Heather Matton, Cats in Clothes, 2012.

Soldiers in Salah a-Din street, Jerusalem, The Six-Day War, June 1967. Photo © Micha Bar-Am

Cats and Dogs

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Who is truly man's best friend? Are cats and dogs really innate enemies? This exhibition for the whole family is devoted to pets, as depicted in artworks from antiquity to the present day. Cats and Dogs offers surprising perspectives on these animals, and portrays the deep connections between animals and humans in both a critical and humorous light.
Also on display is the specially commissioned mural Beloved Dog by Maira Kalman in the Youth Wing Illustration Library. Maira will give a talk in the Illustration Library with Youth Wing curator Orna Granot on September 9. Read more>>

Curator: Orna Granot
In the Press>>
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Micha Bar-Am: 1967

A comprehensive survey of 1967, one of the most significant years in Israeli history, as documented by photographer Micha Bar-Am. Rare original prints depict seminal national events alongside scenes of everyday Israeli life and of Bar-Am's own family, illuminating the society, economy, and culture of the time. Read more>>
Curator: Noam Gal
IMJ On Exhibit Around the World

Department of Prints and Drawings Curator Ronit Sorek installing IMJ traveling exhibition New Types: Three Pioneers of Graphic Design in the Leipzig Printing Museum.  

Leipzig, Germany: June 18-Sept. 24, 2017– Originally exhibited at the IMJ, New Types: Three Pioneers of Graphic Design, is 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

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.
VIP Visits

From left to right: Chairman of IMJ Board Isaac Molho, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, First Lady of the United States Melania Trump, Acting Director of IMJ Ayelet Shiloh-Tamir, and President of the United States Donald J. Trump.

From left to right: Chairman of IMJ Board Isaac Molho, Prime Minister of India, H.E. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, and Chief Curator of Jewish Art and Life Daisy Raccah-Djivre.

The Israel Museum was honored that President of the United States Donald J. Trump chose to give his public address in Israel from within the Museum galleries on May 23. Both President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referenced the Museum's rich collections and role in preserving the culture and heritage of the Jewish people. 

President Trump was presented with a replica of a 2,500 year-old bronze menorah from the ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi, with decorative features similar to the Menorah of the Temple in Jerusalem. The original is on display in our Archaeology Wing. 
In the Press
>>YouTube: President Trump at the Israel Museum
>>Times of Israel: Outside Israel Museum, supporters hail Trump’s dedication to Israel
>>Globes: US President Donald Trump - keynote speech at the Israel Museum
Prime Minister of India, H.E. Narendra Modi accompanied by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, honored the Israel Museum with a visit during his recent trip to Israel—the first of an Indian Prime Minister.
To mark this occasion, a special display of objects from the Bene Israel, Cochin, and Baghdadi Indian Jewish communities was installed within the Cochin Synagogue, including a lavish Torah curtain, illuminated marriage contracts, and rare costumes. Cochin-born Jewish Israeli singers welcomed the Prime Ministers with two traditional songs in the Malayalam and Hebrew languages.

In the Press
>>YouTube: PM Narendra Modi visits the Israel Museum
>>Haaretz: India's Narendra Modi Heads to Israel in Historic Visit
>>Times of Israel: Indian PM Affirms Kinship with Israel, Where he Feels at Home
What's on Next @ the Museum

A Celebration of Wine in the Museum

Silk Glove Operation by Ensemble Can
July 18, July 25, and August 23 | 7 pm
July 21, August 25, September 15 | 12 noon

A soldier leading an army group tour tells the story of the Holocaust and the Jewish people in an unconventional and unexpected way and a gallery guard represents the "invisible" people who maintain the modern temple that is the Museum. These are only two of the characters created by Ensemble Can to present the Museum through a collection of thought-provoking, angering, touching, moving, and amusing moments that make up the collective identity of the Museum. Click here for more information.
Klezmer in the Gallery
August 2 

Short Klezmer concerts throughout the Museum | 11 am - 4 pm
Classical, Tango, and Gypsy | 5 pm 
Classical, Klezmer, and Tango | 7 pm

In conjunction with the International Klezmer Festival in Jerusalem, musicians from Israel and abroad meld melodies of the shtetl with a range of cultures and musical styles from around the world. Click here for more information. 
A Celebration of Wine in the Museum
Monday - Thursday, August 7-10 | 7-11 pm

Join us for an evening of wine and love on the eve of Tu B'Av - the Jewish Valentine's Day. Leading Israeli and international wineries meet in the enchanted atmosphere of the Art Garden, enhanced by musical performances. Click here for more information.
Woof and Meow! A Celebration of Cats and Dogs for the Whole Family
August 22 | 5-9 pm

Come and meet cats and dogs through stories, performance, art workshops, special lectures, films, and music, You may even win a chance to adopt a cat or dog to bring home! Click here for more information. 
Upcoming Friends Events

American Friends Fall CELEBRACION Gala, New York, USA

Last chance to register - Austrian Friends Gala and International Program, Salzburg
July 27-30

The Austrian Friends of the Israel Museum (AFOTIM) Gala and International Program will feature exclusive artist and architect talks, exhibition previews, special premieres, and theatre and musical evenings. For details please contact Alena Janser at our Austrian Friends. Click here for the program. 

In honor of our Austrian Friends, Kasperskian Caviar will donate 20% of your purchase to the Israel Museum. Please visit the Kasperskian Webshop and enter voucher code IsraelMuseum when placing your order. Delivery to Europe and Switzerland only. Kasperskian Caviar on Instagram>>
South African Friends Gala and Auction, Johannesburg
August 23

A unique event catered by Marble Restaurant | Meat and Flame Enthusiasts (dietary laws observed).
For details please contact Sarin Goott at our South African Friends. Click here for the invitation. 
Italian Friends trip to the Venice Biennale
September 7-11

Join our Italian Friends for an IMJ curator-led trip to the 2017 Venice Biennale. 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, curated by IMJ Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Israeli Art Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn, 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. Please contact Judith Amselem at the Israel Museum for additional details.

View the program | Register | Specially priced young associates registration 
American Friends Fall Gala, New York
October 1

American Friends of the Israel Museum (AFIM) annual Gala--CELEBRACION—will celebrate the vast geographical and cultural breadth of the Israel Museum's Latin American art treasures. For details please contact Kelly Calanni at our American Friends.
Israeli Friends Gala, Jerusalem
October 23

For details please contact Director of our Israeli Friends Lea Rotstein.   
Focus on our Friends
2017 International Council in Review

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

2017 Honorary Fellows © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Ofrit Rosenberg

Taking selfies with guest speaker Ai Weiwei after a 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

In Full Color: 60 Years of Design by Dan Reisinger. 
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Peter Lanyi 

Our annual festive IC Gala. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner

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

Dinner at Anna at Ticho House. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner

Dinner at our Surprise Venue. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

Al fresco Italian meal at Ticho House, an IMJ satellite location in the heart of Jerusalem, housed in one of the first homes built outside of the Old City
Dinner at our Surprise Venue overlooking Jerusalem, on the theme of IMJ exhibition No Place Like Home. A special thank you to IKEA Israel for supporting this event
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Ai Weiwei Books by TASCHEN

The first comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei’s life and work, signed by the artist, was compiled in close collaboration with Ai Weiwei and with direct access to his own archives. More than 700 pages of images and text explore the artist's particular brand of expression and activism. 
For more information on the signed and numbered Taschen Ai Weiwei booksplease contact Laura Gilinski, Deputy Director for Development and International Relations at or +972-2-670-8098.
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