This is not a one time event! We are introducing a new institute in Jerusalem- one that will live in the city for the coming decades. Over 100 cities around the world host a Biennale, which prove to be catalysts for urban development and cultural enrichment. Like in Venice, Berlin, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo and Istanbul, art lovers will always have the next Biennale to anticipate to in Jerusalem.
Jewish Art can be an aesthetic, conceptual or a practical response to Jewish concepts and ideas. It can offer a zone of reflection on the way those concepts and ideas manifest themselves in different Jewish communities around the world, and help us understand historic, social and religious processes.
Contemporary Jewish Art can reflect what is happening today in the Jewish world and catalyze historic, social and religious processes. It can open up new avenues of discourse and become a powerful arena for re-invention. Contemporary Jewish art is not only about Jews and not necessarily made by Jews: all it must have is the Jewish world of content at its core.
Where better than the city of Jerusalem to promote a new discourse on the intersection between all aspects of the Jewish imagination—intellectual, spiritual and artistic? Jerusalem—both the sacred center of Judaism for thousands of years and the capital city of the modern State of Israel--is uniquely positioned to be the site for this conversation.