The 2019 Jerusalem Biennale, which showcases the work of 200 professional artists, Israeli and international, in 30 exhibitions and projects in 14 venues around the city, will run from October 10 through November 28, 2019. Sign up to our mailing list now, to get updates.
— Mishnah, Ethics of the Fathers, 5:17
The theme for the Jerusalem Biennale 2019 is For Heaven’s Sake! (LeShem Shamayim). The phrase ‘for the sake of heaven’ is most famously associated with the text above. It puts an emphasis on the motivation of an act rather than on the act itself, and connects it with, of all things, arguments and disagreements.
The dynamic, sometimes challenging, process of seeking truth, even in mundane matters, is connected at its core to a tradition of dispute. It is a uniquely Jewish path which empowers humankind’s quest to repair the world, and along the way, perhaps even find transcendence.