Divine edibles, rare designs, magical music: everything at the Israel Museum

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The Israel Museum offers a wide variety of exhibits and events for the whole family throughout the summer and it’s back in full swing this year.

There is too much going on there to cover it all in one article, but here are a few highlights and you can check the website for a full list of everything available this summer (https://www.imj.org.il/en).

Children can enter the museum for free on Tuesday afternoons and Fridays and Saturdays and they will very much appreciate a charming exhibition, 1001 characters, figurines from the studio of Yaacov Kaufman. Kaufman uses wire, clothespins, blank pages, scraps of discarded wood and metal and much more – everything except the kitchen sink – and creates figures and faces from these materials. , with an inventiveness that defies description. Through his designs, Kaufman engages in a playful dialogue with ancient history and cultures, and images of prehistoric figurines, ritual statues and tribal masks are exhibited alongside some of his works. In an instant, it will teach kids thousands of years of art history in a fun, easy-to-learn way. If you have an aspiring artist at home, this exhibit will likely inspire them to use whatever is in the house to create their next masterpiece.

There are dozens of activities and events for kids and many of them are free, including a story hour at the children’s library, a recycling workshop, a children’s animated film about the manuscripts of the Dead Sea, a scavenger hunt for the whole family using a museum map and much more.

Many interesting and unusual exhibitions have just opened or will open soon. Picasso to Kentridge: Modern Masterpieces on Paper, which opens July 8 and runs until the end of 2021, highlights the Israel Museum’s impressive collection of 20th-century drawings, which is one of the most important and most varied in the world. Besides the works of Pablo Picasso and William Kentridge, it includes drawings by masters such as Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Jasper Johns, Wassily Kandinsky, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and many others.

Due to their fragile nature and their sensitivity to fading and fading, works on paper may only be exhibited for short periods of time at a time under carefully controlled lighting conditions. This exhibition therefore offers a rare and wonderful opportunity to enjoy these masterpieces.

The Divine Food exhibition, which just opened and will run until the end of March 2022, is a look at the depiction of corn, cocoa, and maguey (agave, a sweetener also used to make tequila) in works of art ranging from pre-Columbian to contemporary art. The Israel Museum has a magnificent collection of treasures from ancient Mesoamerican Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec civilizations that are featured in this large-scale exhibit, illustrating the domestication of these three cultures, which Mesoamericans believed to be divine gifts from the gods. . A dazzling, life-size recreation of a Mayan temple dominates the exhibit, in which visitors are invited to experience the world of gods, myths and ancient rites – all of which evolved from the culture of these cultures. Giant masks, original sculptures and reliefs, and hundreds of objects, including vessels from the palace of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II, are on display.

The exhibition also traces the reinvention of these foods after the European conquest and the introduction of Christianity, through the Mexican Civil War, and up to the present day, as seen in the works of modern and contemporary artists such as Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and Flor Garduño.

On August 20, the Hear O Israel: The Magic of the Shema exhibit will open. The Hebrew words Shema Yisrael, which means Hear, O Israel, are part of a prayer and precious text for the Jewish people, but the Shema is also related to magic and has been incorporated into amulets. This is the first exhibition to explore the uses of the Shema in magic and it discusses the role of tefillin (phylacteries) and mezuzot – the scroll of prayers rolled up in a holder affixed to the door jambs of Jewish homes such as sign of faith – which contain the text of the Shema and are considered to protect those who possess them. The exhibition will raise thought-provoking questions about the complex relationship between religion and magic.

Music is always a part of the museum’s life and from July 19 until the first week of August, the Jerusalem Street Orchestra will perform in the galleries in the morning. In addition, there will be a number of outdoor concerts in the evening in the Art Garden, which is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable places in Jerusalem to listen to music after dark. , and there is magic in hearing the notes while looking at the sculptural. On July 19, Yoni Rechter, a beloved songwriter, pianist and singer, will perform old and new favorites, and the following evening, the Jane Bordeaux Band will host singer / songwriter Keren Peles. Tickets must be purchased for these performances and there is a discount for museum members.

On August 10, actress / artist Raida Adon, whose video work, Strangeness, is on display at the museum, will give a performance.

These are just a few of the various exhibits and events that the Israel Museum has to offer this summer.

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