The main exhibition of Biennale2015, JERUSALEM.PASSAGES, consisted of five large scale projects by five leading artists. The projects, chosen by the Advisory Committee of Biennale2015, were presented in the Tower of David Museum.
Curators: Dvora Liss and David Sperber
The exhibition New York, New Work presented, for the first time in Israel, some of the current major and canonical artists of contemporary Jewish art in the United States. The exhibition presented new works by members of the JAS (Jewish Art Salon), one of the most important, and certainly the largest group of artists who draw their inspiration from Judaism.
These artists appropriated Jewish traditions on their own terms. Their contributions to the development of contemporary American Judaism are considerable. Although the artists working within this framework do not reject aspects of secular Jewish culture, they undoubtedly place religious values at the center of the discussion on Jewish culture.
Israeli culture has no defined or well-developed field of Jewish art; Judaism – as a living and unique religious tradition – is usually excluded from the central discourse of Israeli art. Viewing the “there” from within the prism of the “here”, through an art exhibition that draws its inspiration from Jewish tradition, sources and culture - can challenge the conventional dichotomy in Israel that separates art from religion, and Jewish art from Israeli art. Unraveling these dichotomies and subverting the resulting hierarchies can inspire the local art scene that alienates itself from tradition.
David Wander \ Yona Verwer \ Tobi Kahn \ Eli Valley \ Cynthia Beth Rubin \ Archie Rand \ Helene Aylon \ Richard McBee \ Siona Benjamin \ Robert Kirschbaum \ Joel Silverstein \ Rachel Kanter \ Ahron Weiner
Curators: Shoshana Gugenheim (Founding Artist), Dr. Ronit Steinberg & Judith Margolis (Jerusalem)
Jewish Women Recording, Reflecting, Revisioning.
This nine-year collaboration presented contemporary visual commentary on the core text of the Jewish people- the Torah. The 54 participating women artists represented 5 continents and spanned the continuum of Jewish identity, from secular to ultra-Orthodox, while voicing diverse cultural inheritance. Women of the Book allowed the dynamic creativity of visual midrash by Jewish women artists around the world to fill in the blank of How do women interpret the core story of the Jewish people?
Curator: Avital Naor Wexler
"And he made for the house transparent-opaque windows", [Kings I (Melachim) 6:4]
A contemporary visual interpretation of the obscure phenomena associated with the windows in the Temple built by King Solomon.
Transparent and opaque are two opposites existing in one object and, similar to the commentators that tried to find meaning in the phrase, so the artists sought their personal interpretation of the opaque/transparent phenomenon.
Aldana Ronit Kac \ Carolina Bonfil \ Chana Cromer \ Debbie Kampel \ Eliran Jan \ Elisa Pritzker\ Esther Schneider \ Hiyuli Liberman \ Lucas Jalowsky \ Martina Grounauer \ Maya Zack\ Moishe Kampin \ Nechama Golan \ Nir Artzi \ Noaj Sauer \ \ Yifat Hirst \ Pesi Komar \ Shimon Pinto
Curators: Dr. Shirat-Miriam Shamir & Ido Noy
30 artists, most of them teachers of the Bezalel School of Art Design Department, challenged the borders between Contemporary Art and Judaica. The exhibition intended to present the Bezalel School's world view and artistic language, and showed how these are expressed in religious ritual objects. All the artists who participated in the group show studied, taught or directed the Jewelry and Fashion Department. Over the years, these artists have become the leading Judaica craftsmen and women, whose creations currently enrich the collections at the world's leading museums of art.
The exhibition included a special tribute exhibition in memory of Zelig Segal, a contemporary Jewish art pioneer who passed away in 2015, courtesy of the Israel Museum and the artist's family.
Participating Artists: Arie Ofir | Renana Benit | Michal Ben-Ari | Avi Biran | Attai Chen | Malka Cohavi | Israel Dahan | Amir Friedman | Anat Golan | Eden Herman Rosenblum | Rory Hooper | Yossi Matityahu | Ido Noy | Itay Noy | Shir Pins | Zelig Segal Z"L | Sari Srulovitch | Amit Shur | Adi Toch | Iris Tutnauer |Tamar de Vries Winter |Yasmin Vinograd | Ella Wolf | Michael Yehieli | Reuven Zahavi | Dan Eliezer
Curator: Nurit Sirkis Bank
Asst. Curator: Noa Lea Cohn
The exhibition presented a variety of works through a wide range of media, examining the concept and metaphor of Motherhood: from internal and external perspectives, as an essence and as an experience, in the eyes of artists from different genders, communities, and generations.
Alana Ruben Free & David Gerstein \ Ayelet Lerer Shaki & Cheftziba Shrem \ Chani Cohen Zada \ Chaya Alice Shlomo \ Chaya Wirtzberger \ David Baruch Wolk \ Doni Silver Simons \ Dorit Jordan Dotan \ Einat Ganz \ Ezra Landau \ Gidon Levin \ Hadassah Berry \ Joan Roth \ Judith Margolis \ Ken Goldman \ Lea Laukstein \ Ma'ayan \ Martha Joy Rose \ Maya Zack \ Michal Vartash \ Rivkah Zinman & Chaya Mushka Ross \ Ruth Ermossa \ Ruth Schreiber \ Shazarachel \ Sigal Maor \ Yehudis Barmatz \ Zehava Ashuri
Curators: Anne Hromadka & Georgia Freedman-Harvey (Los Angeles)
7,567MI→ is an exhibition that explored the physical, spiritual, and cultural connections between Los Angeles and Jerusalem by the members of the Los Angeles based Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI). The Biennale2015 created a unique lens through which to explore the ways our modern Jewish experiences were both similar and different, even though the two cities are separated by 7,567 miles. JAI is an artist-run organization, committed to fostering visual art by Jewish artists, and promoting dialogue about Jewish identity among members of the arts community. The works selected for this exhibition were all created for the exhibition and selected though a juried process. The exhibition is co-curated by Georgia Freedman-Harvey and Anne Hromadka, both curators who live and work in the Los Angeles area. Georgia is currently the curator for the Platt/Borstein Galleries, American Jewish University, and Anne is the curator at Hebrew Union College - JIR, Los Angeles.
Curator: Pelusa Borthwick (Buenos Aires)
The exhibition It Has Always Been The Book included the works of 22 Argentinian artists, referring to the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. The main medium of the exhibition was artists books, accompanied by related video art. The exhibition circled around the transition from books to digital media, from paper to screen and from ink and paint to pixels.
Curator: Susan Nashman Fraiman (Jerusalem)
Some of the great oppositions/contrasts/ in life are separated by a very thin line: life and death, truth and falsehood, holy and profane, love and hate, peace and war, public and private, the real and the ideal, the hidden and the exposed, religious and secular. This exhibit asked these questions of our existence, using Jewish sources, history and texts as a basis. Where are we in relationship to that fine line? Artists Heddy Abramowitz, Andi Arnovitz, Yoel Gilinsky, Nechama Golan, Ken Goldman, Ruth Kestenbaum Ben--Dov, Shimon Lev, Judith Margolis, Lilach Schrag and Ruth Schreiber explored these lines of our existence –a rich variety of themes in a range of media, revealing the power of art to express the human condition.
Curator: Mallory Serebrin
A group exhibition using works in a variety of media, notably ceramics, that brought together artists whose work spanned the spectrum of questioning what it meant to be a conscious being in this place, in their space. Our daily lives can encompass both the mundane and the complex. From eating or crossing the street, to sending our children to war.
Elisabeth Applebaum, Andi Arnovitz, Heddy Abramowitz, Sharon Binder, Zavi Apfelbaum, Chanan Mazal, Ruth Schrieber, Judy Serebrin and Mallory Serebrin
Curator: Nitza Behroozi Baroz
Retrospective exhibition of world renowned contemporary sculptor and Judaica artist, Moshe Zabari, a master craftsman for more than 60 years. The exhibition featured selected works by Zabari, emphasizing the influence of Jewish sources and ancient art on his art.
Curator: Shira Friedman
An exhibition that accompanied the launch of a book about the Israeli painter Avner Moriah. Works of pure landscape are combined with works on the Weekly Torah Portions. The exhibition was presented In collaboration with the Schechter Institute.
Curators: Avner Bar-Hema & Noa Lea Cohen
Amat Midah (the Hebrew term for ‘standard’), fancifully translated into StandArt, presented works that were challenging the hegemony of the Israeli art scene.
Ruth Kestenbaum Ben-Dov / Chani Cohen Zada / Ruth Ariel / Rachel Tauber / Gafni Naomi / Nurit Cederboum /Avigail Fried /Salmon Renana / Gafni Naomi / SigalAdelman / Renana Salmon / Lixenberg-Bloch Esther / Tzofia Lunski