What is Contemporary Jewish Art? Does the category even exist?
There is no simple answer for that. But there is no better place than Jerusalem to raise these questions, and let curators, artists and scholars from different backgrounds to try and give an answer.
Held for the first time, The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art provided a platform for artistic works that relate to a variety of views and relationships with the Jewish world of content. Seeking to both create and revive an active discourse that focuses on the relationship between art and Judaism, The Jerusalem Biennale includes a wide-range of artistic interpretations that are presented in a variety of venues throughout the city.
In the inaugural year, The Biennale was held simultaneously at five different locations throughout Jerusalem. The exhibitions, all endeavors of curators with wide and diverse backgrounds and experience, included the creations of more than fifty artists.
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The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art was taking place in five different venues from 15 September – 31 October, as follows:
Two exhibitions were on display at the Achim Chasid complex, 45 -47 Emek Refaim Street, entitled Now Now and Here and There. The Now Now exhibition, curated by Oryan Galster, Porat Salomon and Ronen Yizhaki deals with the tensions between movement and stagnation, progress and tradition, past and future- and the way they are manifested in the present. The Here and There exhibition, curated by Ram Ozeri, showcases artworks that make the connection between the Jewish idea and everyday reality, the text and the image, the way the story is told and the way it effects our lives.
Sunday-Thursday: 10:00-13:00, 17:00-20:00
My Soul Thirsts (Tsama’ Nafshi) at the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art at Hechal Shlomo, 58 King George Street, featured over 30 artists from Israel and overseas whose shared focal point is the yearning, the longing and the desire for holiness, as seen from a contemporary perspective. Curator: Nurit Sirkis-Banks.
Thread of Gold, a joint exhibition by father and daughter: Michael and Neta Elkayam relate to each other in a self cureted show. The inter-generational connection is expressed via symbols and the distinction between “Judaica” and “contemporary” becomes blurry. at Beit Avi-Chai, 44 King George Street.
The Musrara neighborhood hosts an exhibition called Traditional – art installations in the public spaces that are contemporary interpretations of traditional texts and customs. Also in Musrara: Tehila Stern-Marx curetted a wonderful exhibition of illustrations, referring to Jewish tradition in a humoristic way and pointing some of the issues of current Jewish life. Visit Canada center to see it at 22 Shivtei Israel st.
Israeli photojournalist Ziv Koren exhibits a selection of his photographs of places and situations where symbols from the Jewish world meet the complicated Israeli reality in a solo exhibition entitled Seventy Faces at the First Station, David Remez Street.