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International Museum day

International museum day Gallery tours 29.04.21

Netta Lieber Sheffer’s ‘Six extrimities’ and Shir Handelsman’s ‘Born, Never asked’ Exhibitions

will be hosting gallery tours on International Museum day

Netta Lieber Sheffer at 14:00

Shir Handelsman at 15:00

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Gallery talk 6.4.21

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Recipients of the Shoshana and Mordechai Ish Shalom awards 2021:

The Mordechai Ish Shalom Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Talia Tokatly

The Shoshana Ish Shalom Art Award is presented to Michael Yakhilevich

An online award ceremony will be held on

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, at 6:00 p.m.

The 2021 Mordechai Ish Shalom Lifetime Achievement Award—Committee’s Comments:

Talia Tokatly is an exceptional artist whose work oscillates between high technical expertise in the field of ceramics and art for its own sake, which is not limited to material or subject, but is centered on the transformation of matter into spirit.

Tokatly defines her unique approach as “ars-ceramics”: ceramics is indeed at the core of her work, but in contradistinction to the tradition of ceramic vessels with a clear function, her work has a fragmented, bleeding, perforated, unresolved nature. It surrenders a constant tension between the chaotic-unraveled and the harmonious-whole. Her work emerges from the most earthly material—clay—and touches the heavens. Along the way, it encounters childhood memories, everyday occurrences, and personal as well as collective traumas.

Tokatly’s work does not focus on a single object, on one raw material, or one meticulous technique. On the contrary: it consists of hybridization and deconstruction of material and emotional consciousness. Beyond ceramics—and specifically the porcelain in which she specializes—Tokatly’s works are akin to wonderfully lyrical installations comprising utilitarian and decorative objects from the past, from her parents’ home in Germany, parts of clothing and useful objects, text fragments, used and distorted wires and embroidery threads.

Beyond the powerful personal context, Tokatly’s work masterfully represents the complex world of those who grew up in 1950s Israel, the offspring of Holocaust survivors, who had to deal with the crises of wars and the shattered dream of an idyllic State of Israel. Her oeuvre conveys a complexity stemming from the intensity of pain and the power of a holistic material poetry made of fragments—like a mirror image of a society that has emerged from the ruins and confronts a stratified, fragmented reality.

Tokatly’s uncompromising, courageous artistic practice and her vacillation between media and definitions is also reflected in her role as a senior lecturer of many generations of students in the Ceramics and Glass Design Department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, where she taught for 25 years before retiring two years ago. Her interdisciplinary, multicultural approach is also evident in the choice of topics and writing modes in C1280 º—a journal of material culture, which she has edited with great talent and precision over the past decade.

For all these, the committee has found Talia Tokatly worthy of the 2021 Mordechai Ish Shalom Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prize committee:

Amitai Mendelsohn, Ph.D., Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Israel Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Ms. Meirav Davish Ben Moshe, chair of the Jerusalem Artists Association

Ms. Zila Ish Shalom, representative of the Ish Shalom family

The 2021 Shoshana Ish Shalom Art Award—Committee’s Comments:

Michael Yakhilevich paints urban spaces and desert vistas, which are identified with the local landscape, and at the same time associated with universal archetypal spaces that define and dictate the human environment. He juxtaposes delicate, soft colors with dramatic compositions, a contrast which encapsulates the tension present in all his works.

Yakhilevich was born in Moscow in 1956. He began painting as a child, initially under the tutelage of his grandfather, renowned painter Meir Akselrod, and later in life painted theater backdrops. In 1991 he immigrated to Israel, and since then his work has focused on the experience of loneliness accompanying immigration, which he describes with minimal means. Many of his works address the experience of solitude in the broader sense as well. Both tragic and comic, they engage with philosophical questions regarding human existence. Yakhilevich often depicts everyday scenes, such as waiting for a bus, hanging laundry, sailing in a boat, and walking down the street, through which he introduces questions about the absurdity of reality, the passage of time, and death.

For all these, the committee has found Michael Yakhilevich worthy of the 2021 Shoshana Ish Shalom Art Award.

Prize committee:

Ronit Sorek, Curator, Prints and Drawings, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Nadia Adina Rose, representative of the Jerusalem Artists

Nani Rozenberg, representative of the Ish Shalom family

Artists’ House will be closed starting Sun. 27.12.20

Following the lockdown and guidelines of the Ministry of Health, the Artists’ House will be closed starting Sun. 27.12.20

In the meantime, you can contact us via e-mail: artists@zahav.net.il

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Virtual gallery tour at the Jerusalem Artists’ House – Artour, Beita Jerusalem

Join us to a virtual tour at the Jerusalem Artists’ House – Artour, Beita Jerusalem

Our virtual gallery tour will “visit” three galleries in Jerusalem’s city center, each showcasing new exhibits by their up-and-coming artists. Our tour will begin at the Beita House, the Jerusalem-based center for social art in the city, whose current exhibition deals in abstraction, purification, and disintegration. The cooperative Marie Gallery is next, addressing the new world order in light of the corona pandemic. Finally, we’ll reach the Artists House, located in the historic Bezalel building, where we will see the 4 exhibits currently on display. Guided by Dahlia Maltz certified guide who specializes in tours in Jerusalem, and in particular art, culture and culinary tours. Dahlia has a bachelor’s degree in history and art history from the Hebrew University and will soon begin a master’s degree in Jewish art.

Thursday, November 5th, 6.30 pm

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Recipients of the Shoshana and Mordechai Ish Shalom awards 2020: The Mordechaesi Ish Shalom Lifetime Achievement Awarnd is prented to Michael Kovner; The Shoshana Ish Shalom Art Award is preseted to Matia Oren

Recipients of the Shoshana and Mordechai Ish Shalom awards 2020:

The Mordechai Ish Shalom Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Michael Kovner

The Shoshana Ish Shalom Art Award is presented to Matia Oren

Award ceremony will be held at the Jerusalem Artists’ House

Sunday, 1 March 2020, at 5:30 p.m.

Committee’s comments:

For over five decades, Michael Kovner has been documenting what he sees in painting—places where he lives and works, destinations to which he travels regularly, or ones which he revisits after a long absence. For many years he has depicted the landscapes of Jerusalem, where he lives; New York, where he worked; Gaza, Ashdod, and the Negev desert; Kibbutz Ein Hahoresh, where he grew up; etc. Kovner relies mainly on his eyesight, which he translates to paint on canvas in a near-documentary manner, yet filled with emotion and colorful intensity. His paintings do not beautify reality; they show it as is: rough, dirty, run down, or, alternatively, magnificent. The Israel portrayed in his works is not idyll as in landscapes by Reuven Rubin or Nahum Gutman, but the never ending, violent struggle, of which Kovner is fully aware, is not immediately made visible. Usually devoid of human figures, his landscapes truthfully represent the country’s charged loci: from Jerusalem’s sanctity and majesty, through Gaza’s houses, to his childhood scenes in the kibbutz and the legacy of pioneering work embedded in them. In the past decade Kovner has written and painted the graphic novel Ezekiel’s World, which was also adapted to the stage and performed at Jerusalem’s Khan Theater. Centered on the figure of his father, poet and organizer of the Vilna Ghetto uprising, Abba Kovner, the project blends reality and imagination, while introducing an original, magical combination of image and text.

For all these, the committee has found Michael Kovner worthy of the Mordechai Ish Shalom Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prize committee:

Amitai Mendelsohn, Ph.D., Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Israel Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Ms. Meirav Davish Ben Moshe, chair of the Jerusalem Artists Association

Ms. Zila Ish Shalom, representative of the Ish Shalom family

Committee’s comments:

Matia Oren‘s paintings convey a sincere, turbulent inner world. Her intense compositions lure viewers into a crowded “theater of characters,” enabling them to experience an inkling of the goings-on in the artist’s mind. Oren often depicts human figures whose actions, identities, and locations are unclear, but they nevertheless appear close and familiar. They captivate us with their expression as well as the spectacular color array comprising them. Using these figures, the artist constructs a complex world, overflowing, threatening, but at the same time compassionate, which illustrates the struggles and pains we face along the way. In the paintings, human confrontation and coping become an enchanting protagonist in the play taking shape on the canvas. Alongside the difficulties, however, one also senses a deep passion for beauty and authenticity manifested in the delicate facial features occasionally revealing themselves, and mainly in the coloration, which is vivid and expressive, yet at the same time harmonious and moving. Oren’s work does not require external views. Perhaps it does not require external viewers either. It is a brave internal dialogue which allows for soul searching.

For her profound, unique, and original expression, her daring and honesty, the committee has found Matia Oren worthy of the Shoshana Ish Shalom Art Award 2020.

Prize committee:

Ronit Sorek, Curator, Prints and Drawings, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Motta Brim

Adi Razel, representative of the Ish Shalom family