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Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art | 2016

Israel Museum Jerusalem Group Exhibition

On view from December 20, 2016, through April 22, 2017.

Curator: Amitai Mendelsohn

Showcases the Power of Religious Symbolism to Transcend Historical, Political, and Artistic Boundaries

A new exhibition opening at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, will explore for the first time the figure of Jesus as a significant, multifaceted, and pervasive symbol throughout the history of Jewish and Israeli art. The exhibition, Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art, surveys works in a variety of media by prominent artists working from the second half of the 19th century until today. These works showcase the evolving attitudes of Jewish, Zionist, and Israeli artists toward a figure whose place in Jewish history has been negotiated and reinterpreted over more than two millennia. On display are 150 works by some 40 artists, ranging from Reuven Rubin, to Marc Chagall, to Sigalit Landau and Motti Mizrachi, and coming from the Museum’s collections and from private and public collections in Israel and internationally, among them the National Museum, Warsaw, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Exhibition Organization and Catalogue

Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art is curated by Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn, Senior Curator of the David Orgler Department of Israeli Art. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated publication, available in both Hebrew and English.