Israel Museum | Jerusalem | מוזיאון ישראל

POB 71117, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
Phone: +972 (0)2-670-8811
closed on: open daily
Museum Type: Archaeology, Art, History / City
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The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is the most important art museum in Israel and one of the most renowned in the World.

Founded in 1965, the museum is housed in a building designed by architect Alfred Mansfeld, a major renovation of the museum was completed in 2010.
On a surface of 50,000 square meters, the museum houses an “encyclopedic” permanent collection composed of different sections: Archaeology, Jewish art, European classic art, Impressionism, Modern art, design, and architecture, all represented at the highest level.

The Archaeology collection includes artifacts from various cultures and periods: Neolithic, ancient Israel, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Classic Greece, the Roman Empire, Muslims, and Crusaders are the main themes presented.
The Jewish art and life wing is dedicated to the history, traditions, culture, and private and public life of the Jewish people across the centuries, the exhibition is composed of everyday objects, artworks, tapestries, clothes, manuscripts, and religious objects.
The Shrine of book is a wing, covered by an iconic white dome, housing some notable archaeological findings, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and other precious manuscripts.
The outstanding Fine art collection is divided into several thematic sections.

European art is mainly focused on art from the 16th to early 20th century, with works by Rembrandt, de Ribera, Rubens, Peter Brueghel the Younger, van Dyck, Salvator Rosa, and Poussin, among others.
Impressionism includes masterpieces by Renoir, Gauguin, Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, Rodin, Degas, Cezanne, Constable, and Van Gogh.
Modern art is perhaps the most impressive of all collections, and the list is really too long to be fully reported here: from Ernst to Duchamp, from Magritte to Schiele, from Kandinsky to Bacon, from Klee to Fontana, almost every master of the 20th-century art is represented here; the Picasso collection is also absolutely noteworthy.
Contemporary art presents works by John Baldessari, Anselm Kiefer, Giulio Paolini, and Ed Ruscha, Vito Acconci, Bill Viola, Jeff Wall, Stephan Balkenhol, Fischli & Weiss, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Mariko Mori, Christian Boltanski, Mario Merz, Roy Lichtenstein and Gerhard Richter, among many others.
The fine art section is completed by four collections dedicated to art from Africa, Asia, America, and Oceania, the museum also houses a large photography collection with over 50,000 items.

The Israel Museum also displays a large-scale model of the Jerusalem Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, and includes an Art garden, designed by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, with sculptures by Rodin, Maillol, Picasso, Archipenko, Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and James Turrell as well as works by some of the most prominent Israeli artists.

The museum organizes temporary exhibitions, special events, lectures, family programs, concerts, and guided tours. A special section, the Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education, is dedicated to art education addressed to young people.
Four libraries, an auditorium, a shop, a 
kosher restaurant, and a café are available to the visitors.

Photos: cover by Ricardo Tulio Gandelman (CC BY 2.0), 1 by israeltourism; 2 by Ricardo Tulio Gandelman; 3 by zeevveez

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