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Leumi's Community Activities

Salon North, The Bar-David Art and Judaica Museum Collection, Kibbutz Baram hosted by Mani House

Mordecai Ardon (click to enlarge)
Mordecai Ardon (click to enlarge)
Menachem Shemi (click to enlarge)
Menachem Shemi (click to enlarge)
Ludwig Blum (click to enlarge)
Ludwig Blum (click to enlarge)
Aram Gershuni (click to enlarge)
Aram Gershuni (click to enlarge)
Shmuel Schlesinger (click to enlarge)
Shmuel Schlesinger (click to enlarge)

Leumi is continuing its tradition of supporting Israeli art by hosting Salon North, the Bar-David Art and Judaica Museum Collection, from Kibbutz Baram in the north of the country, at Beit Mani, the Leumi Visitor's Center. This is the first time that the collection will be exhibited in Tel Aviv.

 

The Bar David Museum for Jewish Art and Judaica offers one of the most extensive collections in the country, including thousands of paintings and items of Judaica.

 

The collection was started in the 1930s-40s by Moshe Bar-David, an avid collector of art in Jewish and Israeli contexts. Bar-David, an employee of the Haifa municipality with a modest monthly salary, purchased one work of art after another, faithfully and lovingly, eventually accumulating an impressive collection. His two-room apartment slowly filled with art until there was no more available space. Towards the end of his life Bar-David donated the collection to Kibbutz Baram, on Israel's northern border, where his daughter, Rivka Ziv, lives to this day. The kibbutz renovated its children's house, added another floor, and about 30 years ago inaugurated the Bar-David museum, with its art and Judaica exhibitions.

 

The exhibition at Beit Mani presents the Bar-David Art and Judaica Museum collection, representing a synthesis between the collector's personal taste and a look at Jewish art in pre-war Europe along with artists who were active at the earliest stages of development of modern Jewish culture in the Land of Israel.

 

The personal and national Jewish cultural perspectives are enriched by that of contemporary Israeli artists, who maintain a dialogue with the collection. The perspectives focus on panoramic views of Israel and Europe, and portraits.

 

The exhibition presents almost unknown works, some of which are appearing for the first time, by such major artists as Yankel Adler, Mordecai Ardon, Joseph Zaritsky, and Ludwig Blum, alongside the works of contemporary artists, including ArikBokobza, Eli Shamir, Zoya herkassky, David Nipo, and others.

 

Curators: Sol Lanzini and Hagai Segev

Artistic consultant: Dr. Smadar Shefi

 

The exhibition will run from: June 6, 2013, until December 30, 2013.

The exhibition will be shown at Beit Mani Leumi, the Leumi Visitors' and Art Center, located at 36 Yehuda HaLevy Street, in Tel Aviv

 

Opening hours:

Sun-Wed: 

10:00 – 17:00

Thurs:  

10:00 – 21:00

Fri:   

10:00 – 14:00

 

The public is invited, with admission free to the general public.

Audio guides will also be provided to visitors (which are free of charge).

 

Also See: Leumi's Activities in the Arts