Jerusalem's Israel Museum Releases Calendar of Exhibitions
Jerusalem's recently renovated Israel Museum released its calendar of art exhibitions through February 2012, showcasing a diverse range of works by international and Israeli artists. “William Kentridge: Five Themes” (March 4 to June 18), highlights works by South African artist William Kentridge. The exhibit will feature more than 100 drawings, paintings, animated pieces, theatrical design works, books and sculptures tracing the development of Kentridge's subject matter from South Africa to colonial Namibia and Ethiopia. Other exhibits include:
“The Other Woman: Portrayals in Asian Art” (March 11 to June 11) -- Held at Ticho House, an off-site venue run by the Israel Museum, this display will showcase more than 30 artworks depicting women and goddesses, providing insight into cultural perceptions of beauty during a range of historical periods in China, Japan, India and the Himalayas.
“Life: A User's Manual” (April 1 to Feb. 18, 2012) -- Hosted in the Museum's Youth Wing, this exhibit explores how prominent artists from Israel and around the world have responded to the "Do It Yourself" culture and attitude, and will feature paintings, sculptures, video works and installations which incorporate the visual language of instruction manuals.
“A Prince's Choice” (April 1 to July 2) -- The first in a series of exhibitions showcasing private art collections from around the world, “A Prince's Choice” features prints and drawings from the Nicolas II Esterhazy collection focusing on prints and drawings between the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and including works by Carracci, Rembrandt, Tiepolo and Durer.
“Helmar Lerski: Working Hands” (April 17 to July 2011) -- This collection presents the work of avant-garde portrait photographer Helmar Lerski, and includes more than 160 prints taken in Palestine between 1932 and 1948.
“Yom Chol: Micha Ullman” (June 3 to Nov. 19) -- The first museum retrospective of Israeli artist Micha Ullman, Yom Chol features various drawings as well as sculptures constructed of iron and sand. Also, in celebration of the exhibit opening, Ullman will create a 650-square-foot installation based on his own unique sand-throwing technique.
“The Master” (opening May 31) -- A unique display featuring more than 20 1st century glass vessels, the exhibition will highlight rare examples of the work of master glassmaker Ennion. On public view for the first time ever, the display will include mold-blown vessels, decorated jugs, vases, beakers and cups on loan from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection, one of the richest assemblages of Ennion's masterpieces in the world.
“News II” (August 2011 to January 2012) -- News II will include a range of contemporary art based around the theme of enchanted and metaphorical landscapes, wondrous interiors and daydreams, showcasing various works by Michal Helfman, Ann Veronica Janssens, Hiraki Sawa and Maka Zak.
“Breaking Ground” (through April 30) -- The museum's renewed Bronfman Archaeological Wing will play host to a new exhibition introducing the pioneering discoveries of Flinders Petrie, Felicien de Saulcy and Conrad Schick, three representative figures in the founding history of 19th century Middle Eastern archaeological exploration, and include excavation tools, archaeological findings, photographs, drawings and individual stories.
“The Four Seasons” (through May 7) – “The Four Seasons” display will examine the transition from season to season through paintings by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Rodin and Jacob Ruisdael. For more information, visit www.english.imjnet.org.il. For more information about travel to Israel, visit www.goisrael.com.