IMJ Leadership Newsflash
September 2017

Join us for our Sukkot Open House for the whole family

Monday, October 9, 2017 


9:00 am - Light refreshments and greetings from Acting Director Ayelet Shiloh-Tamir

9:30 am-12:00 pm - Curator-led tours in English or Hebrew

OR: A fun curator-led tour for the whole family including:

Please RSVP to Yvette Messinas at or +972 2 670 8098

Ai Weiwei Limited Edition

We are very pleased that Ai Weiwei has agreed to create our 2017 Limited Edition “Hands without Bodies.” This life-sized work, in celadon-glazed porcelain, reflects the importance of relationships between people and parties. It will be produced for us in a signed and numbered edition of 50. Click here for additional details.

Ai Weiwei's "Hands without Bodies"

Should you be interested in acquiring "Hands without Bodies," please be in touch with Laura Gilinski, Deputy Director for Development and International Relations. She will be happy to hear from you at or at +972-2-670-8098.
For additional IMJ Limited Editions, please click here.    
International Friends Events: What's on Next

September 12 – British Friends Artist Studio Visit followed by a film screening and conversation with Isaac Julien, 10:30 am. 

Click here for the invitation. For more information, contact Gili Yuval at our British Friends.

September 14   – Curator and author Ada Karmi-Melamede will give a gallery talk followed by a reception and book signing celebrating the opening of the IMJ Social Construction: Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine exhibition  at the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven. For details please click here or contact Alix Greenberg at our American Friends.

September 15-17 – Private patron preview at  Zeitz MOCAA debut in Cape Town, South Africa. If you will be in attendance please contact Sarin Goott at our South African Friends.   

A special hat-tip to IMJ summer intern Julia Kabat, who was appointed Assistant Curator for Painting at the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town only a week after returning from her internship at the Israel Museum organized by our South African Friends. 

October 2  – Our American Friends’ CELEBRACION Fall Gala, New York will highlight Israel Museum Latin American art treasures, reflecting a vast geographical and cultural breadth. For details please contact Alix Greenberg at our American Friends. 

October 15  – Director Emeritus and International President of the International Council James S. Snyder will give the keynote address at the Art Market Budapest 2017 "Day of Israeli Art." Click here for more information. 

October 23  – Israeli Friends Secrets and Seeds Gala, Jerusalem will offer unique and surprising encounters with artists and Museum curators in our galleries. Click here for the invitation. For details please contact Lea Rotstein, Director of our Israeli Friends. 
October 25  – German Friends Bridging the Gap Dialogue Series, Hamburg. This second event will be on the topic of Political Correctness: from Concept of Value to Swearword? For details please contact Magdalena Backhaus of our German Friends.  
Click here to see a video of the Bridging the Gap Dialogue Series kick-off event. 

November 3 – Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem  opening at the Jewish Museum, New York. For details please contact Natalie Hernandez at our American Friends. 
November 13  – Canadian Friends Montreal reception at Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition A Crack in Everything on the life and work of Leonard Cohen. For details please contact Pearl Berman at our Canadian Friends. 
The Canadian Friends POP-UP Museum event in Toronto was featured in the Globe and Mail >>In the Press

November 21 – Join  Israel Museum curators for a celebration marking the 80-year anniversary of the arrival of the Deller Family Sukkah to Israel. For details please contact Laura Gilinski at the IM. 

November 27  – Culture on the Cutting Edge: The Israel Museum and HaDag NaHash Gala in Zurich will include cocktails and dinner by a guest Israeli chef, a live auction, and performance by Israeli hip-hop group HaDag NaHash.

On November 28, out-of-town guests and active local supporters will visit the Kunstmuseum in Basel to view the Marc Chagall: The Breakthrough Years  –1911-1919 exhibition featuring Chagall's The Cattle Dealer (1912) on loan from the Israel Museum. 

To register and for more details please contact Lori Spector at our Swiss Friends. 

January 16 – BFAMI Gala Dinner and Auction, London; for details please contact Michelle Hyman at our British Friends.  

January 18 – American Friends Palm Beach Benefit; for details please contact Kelly Calanni at our American Friends.

February 24  – American Friends West Coast Gala, Los Angeles; for details please contact Tiffany Pitoun at our American Friends. 

February 1-4, 2018 – International Executive Council, Vienna

June 3-6, 2018 – International Council, Jerusalem
Soon on Display

From IMJ exhibition Ronit Agassi: The New Tenant, to open on October 3. 

Time to Rejoice: Tishrei  Holidays through the Camera Lens – Contemporary Israeli photographers examine the holidays and rituals practiced during the Hebrew month of Tishrei–namely Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. Drawing heavily on the Museum's Isidore and Anne Falk Information Center archives, this special display documents rituals and customs of celebration in different communities around the world. Display opens September 19.  

Jerusalem In Detail – Inspired by architectural historian David Kroyanker’s new publication God is in the Details, this exhibition explores Jerusalem’s architectural history through the prism of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Modernism, for which the city has served as a central stage from ancient to modern times. Exhibition opens October 3.    

Please join us for a VIP opening in the presence of Israeli President Reuben (Rubi) Rivlin on October 16 at 18:00. For additional details please contact Laura Gilinski.    

Ronit Agassi: The New Tenant – This nostalgic and ominous installation relates to childhood and to the home while suggesting the impermanence of migration. Is the "New Tenant" artist Ronit Agassi or exhibition curator Yona Fischer? Find out at this new Ticho House exhibition opening on October 3 and as part of the Manofim Jerusalem Contemporary Art Festival on October 26.

Off the Record | Works from the Nava and Ronnie Dissentshik Collection celebrates an important holding of Israeli art gifted to the Museum from the collection of Nava and Ronnie Dissentshik in memory of Shulamit and Arie Dissentshik, the latter who served for many years as editor-in-chief of the Israeli Maariv daily newspaper. The display examines the artistic tendencies of the 1970s–namely minimalism, conceptual art, and political engagement–in relation to newspapers and readymades and raises questions of reproduction versus authenticity. Exhibition opens November 7.
Please join us for a VIP opening on November  6  at 19:00. For additional details please contact Laura Gilinski.   

Last Chance to View

From Venetian Splendor: Marking 500 Years of the Venice Ghetto. Exhibition closes on November 11. 

New Types: Three Pioneers of Graphic Design – 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, Germany) until September 24In the Press>>

Venetian Splendor: Marking 500 Years of the Venice Ghetto  – Marking the anniversary of the world's first institutionalized ghetto established in 1516 in Venice, a selection of ceremonial objects created in Venice and used throughout Italy is displayed along the Museum's Synagogue Route. These opulent, beautifully crafted objects demonstrate the contrast between the harsh conditions of the ghetto and the richness of its cultural and spiritual life. Exhibition closes November 11. 

The No Place Like Home exhibition, which closed on August 9, was featured in  International Art Magazine.
Travelling Exhibitions + On Loan

From the IMJ exhibition Social Construction: Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine currently on view at the Yale School of Architecture.

New Haven, USA:  Aug. 31-Nov. 19, 2017  – Social Construction: Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine, a traveling exhibition of the IMJ Department of Architecture and Design is on display at the Yale School of Architecture. 

Paris, France: Oct. 11-Jan. 22, 2018   – Paul Gauguin's The Fire Dance (Upa upa) will be on display at the Musée d'Orsay as part of the traveling exhibition Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist.    

Bologna, Italy: October 15, 2017; Rome, Italy, March 7, 2018 – Dada and Surrealism, originally on display at the IMJ, will open at the Palazzo Albergati in Bologna on October 15 and at the Complesso Vittoriano in Rome on March 7. 

NYC, USA:  Nov. 3-March 18, 2018   – Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress will be on display at the Jewish Museum, New York. 

Tokyo, Japan: June 6-July 29, 2018  – The Israel Museum M.C. Escher exhibition will be on display at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. Opening details to follow.    

Please contact Laura Gilinski to coordinate a program involving IMJ loans.

IMJ Around the World

Istanbul, Turkey

Noam Gal in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept.15-17  – IMJ Photography Curator Noam Gal will attend the Contemporary Istanbul Biennial. If you are planning to attend Contemporary Istanbul,  please let us know. Click here for the invitation. 

Morag Wilhelm in London, England, Sept. 26 - Oct.11 – Archaeology Wing curator Morag Wilhelm will be in London to meet with associates at the Freud Museum in preparation for the upcoming IM Freud of the Rings (working title) exhibition.

Dr. Amitai  Mendelsohn in NYC, USA, Oct. 1-8 – Senior Curator, Head of the David Orgler Department of Israeli Art Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn will also be attending the AFIM CELEBRACION Fall Gala in NYC on October 2.  

Gioia  Perugia in Venice, Italy, Oct. 15-19  – Storage and Collection Manager of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life, Gioia Perugia will give a talk on Pacifico Levi: A Jewish silversmith from Turin in the early 19th century and present a silver object of Italian provenance from the Museum collection as part of the Association of European Jewish Museums (AEJM)

Efrat  Assaf-Shapira  in  NYC, USA, Oct. 24 - Nov 2  – 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.  

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

Short and Sweet

Co-Chair of our young internationals group Talia Atkin and Samuel Solal Cohen on their wedding day. 

The Israel Museum team congratulates two of our young associates, Co-Chair of our young internationals group Talia Atkin and Samuel Solal Cohen—who met at the 2015 International Council— on their marriage this past August. A big Mazal Tov from the Israel Museum family!!!  


We are pleased to present The Lipchitz Collection in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. This new Israel Museum publication addresses the two sides of Jacques Lipchitz’ identity as a sculptor and collector. This extensive publication is devoted to the art he created and the thousands of objects he accumulated. The most extraordinary objects in his collection, featured in this book, attest to the cultures, forms, motifs, techniques, and ways of expression that enriched his own creativity. 

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