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The Winner of the 2019 Miron Sima Prize for the Visual Arts on the Theme of “Proximity” is Renana Aldor

Jerusalem Artists’ House and the Miron Sima Association

are pleased to announce

the winner of the 2021 Miron Sima Prize for the Visual Arts:

Renana Aldor

The biennial prize, named after painter Miron Sima, is awarded for the sixth time. The theme for this year’s prize was “Proximity.”

The prize, in the amount of NIS 25,000, will be awarded to Renana Eldor at the opening of her exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists’ House on December 18, 2021

Prize committee: Sharon Balaban, Sally Haftel Naveh, Aya Miron


The 2021 Miron Sima Prize for the Visual Arts was dedicated to the theme of proximity this year. From among the numerous proposals, the prize committee chose to confer the prize on artist Renana Eldor.


Excerpts from the Committee’s Comments:

Renana Eldor is a video, animation, sculpture, and installation artist. In her fascinating works, she orchestrates places, objects, and human actions, both analytical and fantastic, furnishing viewers with an experience of beauty, imagination, and inspiration.

At the heart of the exhibition, proposed by Eldor, is a film showing an unidentified woman performing various actions in the library at the historic building of the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute, which was opened in the 1970s, and whose design has not changed since. In an era of extreme paradigmatic shifts in relation to the physical spaces containing bodies of knowledge and in relation to the human body, Eldor proposes to linger in a place that is a “nature reserve,” rethink it, and feel it as a living entity. The countless bodies of knowledge and fields of research, embedded in the books that stand side by side on the shelves, transform the library, which stars in Eldor’s cinematic choreography, into a pulsating, surprising, and eventful body.

Renana Eldor is a graduate of the Department of Screen-Based Arts and the Master’s Program, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem


Prize Committee:

Sharon Balaban, video artist, Head of the Video Unit at the Department of Screen-Based Arts, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

Sally Haftel Naveh, independent curator

Aya Miron, art curator

Winner of the 2021 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize

Winner of the 2021 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist, awarded in collaboration with the Jerusalem Artists’ House

Tomer Rosenthal is the winner of the 2021 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize, awarded in collaboration with the Jerusalem Artists’ House. The Prize was introduced in 2007. It includes a 10,000 NIS award and a solo exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists’ House. Rotenthal’s exhibition will open at the Jerusalem Artists’ House on October 9, 2021; the award ceremony will be held on October 24, 2021.

In their statement, the prize committee members—Shai Azoulay, Miriam Cabessa, and Eli Petel—noted:


Tomer Rosenthal presents a cohesive, idiosyncratic body of work. His art exclusively addresses the act of drawing, extracting therefrom an inner gaze at once deep and dim. Rosenthal explores the inner self, the psyche, and a situation which seems ostensibly impossible to describe via images. His work transpires in a slow-paced space. It spawns figures introduced as animist (a term coined by anthropologist E.B. Tylor as one of the earliest sources for religion, and hence for the spirit and the soul), oscillating between the symbolic and the organic in a space of total silence, as if they were on the brink of stagnation; at times seductive, they reveal to the viewer something about him/herself, perhaps about inner foreignness or about an aspect both threatening and comforting in one’s inner world. Rosenthal’s works call for concentration, deepening, personal viewing, which requires breathing space.


For all these qualities we have decided to confer the 2021 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize on Tomer Rosenthal.

Jury: Shai Azoulay, Miriam Cabessa, Eli Petel


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