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Press Releases Archive Recent Art from Israel at the Magnes – 02.05.2008

Berkeley CA – The Magnes presents, a survey of recent work by over 20 contemporary Israeli artists, including Barry Frydlender, Ori Gersht, Sigalit Landau, Adi Nes, Michal Rovner, and Yehudit Sasportas.

On loan from important private Bay Area collections, the paintings, photographs, and media art in the exhibition demonstrate the progressive and international scope of Israeli art today.

They Called Me Mayer July. Painted Memories of Jewish Life In Poland Before The Holocaust – 09.10.2007

Berkeley, CA – Mayer Kirshenblatt, now 91 years old, first picked up an artist's brush at the age of 74. They Called Me Mayer July, the first major exhibition of Mayer's work in the United States will premier at the Judah L. Magnes Museum on September 9, 2007 with a special program and book signing with the artist. The exhibition, curated by Alla Efimova, chief curator at the Magnes, will remain on view through January 13, 2008.

Through the Eye of the Needle: Fabric Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz – 10.17.2006

In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival during the Holocaust in Poland. Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, she created a collection of 36 fabric pictures of strong, vivid colors and striking details with a sense of folk-like realism. Through the Eye of the Needle: Fabric Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, on view at the Magnes November 20 through February 11, includes 36 quilts and is accompanied by an illustrated children's book, Memories of Survival.

Modernism in Israel: Works on Paper – 02.01.2006

Modernism in Israel: Works on Paper
opens on February 21, 2006, at the Magnes. The exhibition includes prints, watercolors, ink drawings, and illustrated books dating from the 1940s-1950s.

During the mid-twentieth century, artists in Israel were intense observers and participants in the momentous historic developments of their time, as a new national culture was being forged and an independent Jewish state established.

REVISIONS Larry Abramson: Searching for the Ideal City – 07.25.2005

Berkeley, CA – REVISIONS Larry Abramson: Searching for the Ideal City opens on September 12, 2005.

Ideal City is the third in a series of exhibitions entitled REVISIONS where artists, curators, and scholars are invited to create experimental installations inspired by the Magnes's permanent collections. For the first time, actual artifacts from the museum's important collection of Jewish ritual objects are going to be used for an installation by a conceptual artist.

The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River – 07.25.2005

Berkeley, CA – The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River by Péter Forgács & the Labyrinth Project, an interactive installation, opens on September 12, 2005. Award-winning Hungarian documentary filmmaker Péter Forgács presents this multimedia installation that explores the displacement of ethnic minorities during World War II.