The Biennale is dedicated to exploring the places in which contemporary art and the Jewish world of content meet. It is a stage for professional artists, who create today and refer in their work to Jewish thought, spirit, tradition or experience, to exhibit their work in Jerusalem.
JB2013, the first Jerusalem Biennale hosted works by more than 60 artists, most of them from Israel and raised the simple, somewhat naïve, questions of, What is Contemporary Jewish Art? and Does the category even exist?
JB2015 was larger and presented a broader range of perspectives: the portion of non-Israeli artists was significantly larger and many well established artists took part. The title, Present Work, was tracing Bezalel founder Boris Shatz's search for a link between Jerusalem and Jewish communities all over the world.
JB2017 introduced a Watershed moment: it was the largest gathering of Contemporary Jewish Art enthusiasts in the history of Jerusalem. The 3rd biennale hosted 31 exhibitions and projects from all around the world with 231 participating artists and an estimated 30,000 people in attendance. A two-day conference, titled Watershed: Boundaries and Spaces in Contemporary Jewish Art, was held in collaboration with the Van Leer Jerusalem Research Institute. The Inspire Education Program launched for the first time, bringing 500 high school students from the periphery on a fully funded visit to the Jerusalem Biennale.
JB2019 is in the works! Check out the dates, theme and submission details.
The city of Jerusalem has been experiencing an incredible metamorphosis in the last decade. It has become the hub of a multitude of arts and culture events. Dozens of new music, theatre, art and dance groups, as well as festivals, were recently established to be active alongside the major arts and culture institutes of the city. More and more artists connect in a deep way to the city, with all its complexities, and take inspiration from it. The Jerusalem Biennale is proud to be part of this cultural renaissance. We invite you to explore some of the city's art institutions:
The museum was established in 1965 as Israel’s national museum. It houses artifacts, ancient documents, and incredible Israeli art. You can see a collection of around 500,000 objects, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the largest collection of Jewish art in the world, all which represent culture from Israel and abroad. The museum has many innovative exhibitions of modern and interactive art.
A community of creative people that believe art and creativity can bring about sustainable change. They are active in many of Jerusalem’s public spaces, offering classes, workshops and events throughout the city. Their goal is to create a community that is sensitive and connects one to oneself, one’s community, and the Earth.
The center for the Association for Jerusalem Artists and a dynamic place for exhibitions, featuring unique and varied pieces of both Israeli and international artists. Each year, prominent young artists can exhibit their works for the first time here and veteran artists show series of retrospective works.
The Jerusalem Season of Culture views Jerusalem as a state of mind, a city full of creativity, potential, beauty and challenges. They believe in the power of art to dissolve boundaries while touching the heart and mind to influence reality. Through art and their annual summer arts festival, they facilitate meetings and connections.
Exhibitions held at the gallery, located in the heart of Jerusalem, change every month. They have held more than eighty solo and group exhibitions. Gallery talks are held regularly at Agripas 12, with the participation of artists, lecturers and curators. Agripas 12 wants to grow in to a country-wide and international network of independent groups of artists who contribute to broadening the art discourse.
The gallery is the only private gallery in Jerusalem devoted to exhibiting and promoting contemporary Israeli Art. Its goal is to promote and represent the highest quality of young and emerging artists. Rosenbach Contemporary hosts curated solo and group exhibitions as well as an affordable art fair for young artists. The show room at Rosenbach Contemporary exhibits a selection of the leading contemporary Israeli artists.
Jenna Romano, who was part of the Jerusalem Biennale 2017 team, established this site where you can find the most current and updated information about what’s going on right now in the contemporary art scene in Jerusalem.