In addition to the wonderful performances in the Museum's galleries, The Jazz Festival features special performances hosted in the Museum's Auditorium. Original and entertaining productions, surprising combinations from the Festival's artists, all housed in the Auditorium's luxurious and intimate surroundings.
The Museum's permanent exhibition of Israeli art presents the best artists in Israel throughout the 20th century. The exhibition gives expression to the many different voices, directions and trends in Israeli art while offering the viewer a general and broad history. The gallery exhibits the work of artists who struggled internally with their own artistic concepts, presented side by side with artists whose works engage and reflect Israel's complex and tense reality.
'Life into Art': While many artists embraced the original principles of the readymade, Marcel Duchamp’s concept acquired a life of its own from the 1960s onwards and was continually redefined. Some artists were drawn to the beauty of found or industrial objects, incorporating them into their assemblages; others merged art and reality in a forceful, sometimes brutal, manner. Featuring works by artists such as Vito Acconci, Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama, Manuel Millares, and Jannis Kounellis, this display illuminates the legacies of the readymade from Arte Povera to contemporary art.
The deep-set longing of immigrants to revisit the landscape of their childhood is at the heart of Israeli artist Ira Eduardovna's video work. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1980, Eduardovna immigrated to Israel with her family in 1990, as part of the great wave of immigration of the time. Made up of seven scenes, the video features local theater actresses through which Eduardovna enacts the moment of entering her childhood apartment. In the first stage she directs an actress who asks to enter the apartment. In the second stage she directs the same actress portraying the artist herself directing another actress about to step into the apartment – and so on and so forth. At each stage a new screen lights up, showing the artist in different roles. As with a Matryoshka, the artist opens one doll after another, revealing to us and to herself her own motives, fears, and feelings regarding her date with the past.
Based on pioneering research, Fashion Statements surveys a century of dress in Israel. The exhibition explores the late 19th-century indigenous pre-Zionist “fashion,” the opposing forces of Europeanism and Orientalism that converged in the early decades of the state, and, finally, the place that Israeli creativity holds on the global fashion scene today. Through a sumptuous display of clothing, fashion sketches, films, and fashion photography, this large-scale exhibition illustrates the broad scope of fashion in Israel, from its deepest historical roots to contemporary collections, fostering a dialogue about tradition and modernity, myth and reality, and conflicting ideologies. Presenting a rich, quintessentially local narrative, the exhibition is part of the Israel Museum's ongoing exploration of this region's cultural landscape.