Weekly Highlights in Jerusalem’s Contemporary Art Scene

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Opening: 4th Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Art | The 4th  Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, which explores the intersection between contemporary art and the Jewish world of content, will this year take as its theme For Heaven’s SakeFor Heaven’s Sake! will allow an exploration of the motivation for action in general, and for artistic creation in particular, as well as the Jewish tradition of dispute. For Heaven’s Sake! refers to the well-known verse from the Mishnah, Ethics of the Fathers: “Any dispute which is for the sake of Heaven will ultimately endure, and one which is not for the sake of Heaven will not ultimately endure”. There will be 30 exhibition presenting the works of over 200 artists spanning 14 venues in Jerusalem. Opening Thursday, October 10 starting at 17:00 from various venues. See some Biennale opening highlights below. For a full list of exhibitions, click here.

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Exhibition Opening: Transcendence | Dorit Feldman and Rachel Rotenberg explore our spiritual existence in the modern world. In their works, they embrace a tension between balance and imbalance in both content and form, a paradox through which they each seek transcendence. While their practices use different media with unrelated visual language, they share concern for aesthetic form. Exhibition Opening Thursday October 10th, 17:00 at Van Leer Institute, Jabotinsky St. 43. For more info click here. 

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Exhibition Opening: Living Under Water| Living Under Water. An artistic conversation about climate change. Last summer, five Israeli artists took up residence in Venice, a sinking city challenged by global warming, to explore issues related to climate change through a uniquely Jewish lens. The resulting exhibition, in response to their first-hand experience of the forces threatening this iconic city and through multi-disciplinary artistic explorations, compels us to think, act and respond. Curated by Andi Arnovitz. Exhibition Opening Thursday October 10th, 20:00 at Hechel Shlomo, King George St. 58.  For more info click here. 

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Leora Wise, “Venice Jerusalem”, collage.

Gallery Talk: Deep Feelings | In her lecture, Ben Asher explores the image of human emotions in the process of human symbiosis and artificial intelligence, by means of the exhibition Deep Feeling. The exhibition features a selection of prominent artists in the field of art and innovation, whose works emphasize philosophical aspects enabled by artistic creation through digital means. Nohar Ben Asher is a curator and lectures on contemporary art. Gallery Talk Thursday October 10, 18:00 at Art Cube Artists Studios, HaUman St. 26. For more info, click here.

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Exhibition Opening: Hebrew Suffragists | In 2019, we celebrate the centenary of the battle for women’s suffrage in Israel. The story of the struggle for women’s voting rights in Israel has been largely forgotten. This exhibition honors the suffragists and surveys women’s political participation, with artists employing a variety of media and approaches. Exhibition Opening Friday October 11, 11:00 at Begin Heritage Center, Nakhon St. 6. For more info, click here. 

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Emily Bilski, “Suffragists”

Exhibition Opening: I’m Not | This installation of over 1000 hand-made and hand-paintedporcelain fish by Andi Arnovitz is a graphic manifesto that celebrates independence and stands in defiance against a world that increasingly blurs boundaries and denigrates tradition. I’m Not draws on the rich, visual tradition of fish as a nuanced, historic symbol, while the labor intensive manufacture of the fish is in stark contrast with today’s mass-production methodologies. The installation can be viewed in the continuum of the symbolic use of fish or simply appreciated as a colorful, visual commentary on today’s world. Exhibition Opening Saturday October 12, 20:30 at the YMCA building, King David St. 26. For more info, click here. 

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Andi Arnovitz I’m Not, Installation of porcelain handprinted fish, 2019

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