The Jerusalem Biennale is dedicated to exploring the places in which Contemporary Art and the Jewish World of Content meet. It is a stage for professional artists, who create today and refer in their work to Jewish thought, spirit, tradition or experience, to exhibit their work in Jerusalem.
Diversity and Dialogue
The main mission of the Jerusalem Biennale is to allow different creative forces to manifest themselves, in Jerusalem, within the framework of Contemporary Jewish Art. The Biennale strives to exhibit the most updated, challenging, creative and varied selection of exhibitions and events under that framework.
The Biennale explores the possibility of expanding the concept of Jewish Art beyond the field of Judaica (though it is certainly possible that works of Judaica will be incorporated in the exhibitions) to mediums such as photography, video art, installation and performance. The Biennale works in a bottom-up approach - we do not try to define what Contemporary Jewish Art is, but rather to discover a variety of creative responses that this combination might provoke.
Biennale2013 hosted works by more than 60 artists from diverse backgrounds: Religious and non, established and emerging, Sephardic and Ashkenaz, from Israel and abroad. They have shown different points of view on what Contemporary Jewish Art might be.
Biennale2015 was larger not only in the number of exhibitions and participating artists, but also as it presented a broader range of perspectives: The portion of non-Israeli artists was significantly larger this time. Moreover, non-Jewish artists, who have something to comment about the Jewish World, shared their own points of view and became part of the discourse the Jerusalem Biennale aimed to promote.