The Jerusalem Biennale

August 31, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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Visitors to Israel from the end of this month through to early November should consider including the Jerusalem Biennale in their travel plans.

Biennal3ntemporary-Jewish-Art-from-NYC-2015-09-01-11-22-14The 2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art (September 24 – November 5) will showcase the work of nearly 200 Israeli and international professional artists in 10 exhibitions hosted in seven city-center venues. The Tower of David Museum will host the main Biennale2105 exhibition, Jerusalem.Passages, showcasing five large scale projects by five leading artists from Israel and Brazil.

Following the success of the inaugural Jerusalem Biennale in 2013, Biennale2015 will continue to explore the places where contemporary art meets the Jewish world of content. Curators and artists with different approaches, who span the continuum of Jewish identity from secular to ultra-Orthodox and include non-Jewish artists, all come together within the Biennale framework to give their own interpretation of contemporary Jewish art.

Six exhibitions are from Jerusalem-based groups and/or curators, including well-known Israeli artists such as, among others, Sigalit Landau, Motti Mizrahi, Dov Abramson, Maya Zack and Ynin Shillo exhibiting alongside Israeli-Anglo artists such as Andi Arnovitz, Ken Goldman and Ruth Schreiber. Biennale2015 will host the inaugural exhibition of a nine-year project, Women of the Book and the inaugural installation and performance Presence=Present by Canadian-Israeli artist Alana Ruben Free in collaboration with Israeli artist David Gerstein. There is also a tribute exhibition by Bezalel artists in memory of contemporary Jewish art pioneer Zelig Segal. (See full exhibition list in separate document)

Biennale20151Two exhibitions showcase the work of Jewish and non-Jewish artists from New York (Jewish Art Salon members such as Siona Benjamin and Tobi Kahn) and Los Angeles (the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California which will also host three exhibitions in LA in conjunction with Biennale2015, representing the first time the Jerusalem Biennale extends its reach overseas.) In addition, there will be an exhibition from Buenos Aires (22 Jewish and non-Jewish artists).

Jerusalem Biennale Founder Rami Ozeri said: “The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art provides a stage for professional artists who refer in their artwork to Jewish thought, spirit, tradition or experience. The first Jerusalem Biennale in 2013 created an exciting buzz in the contemporary Jewish art world and, as a result, we were inundated with submissions of the highest quality from Israel and around the world. The Jerusalem Biennale 2015 will further expand the debate on what is contemporary Jewish art and we are thrilled that, once again, this is taking place in Jerusalem, the spiritual and creative center of the Jewish world”.

One ticket (NIS 45) grants access to all Biennale2015 exhibitions – all the venues are located in the city center and within easy walking distance of each other:



2 Responses to “The Jerusalem Biennale”
  1. Ram Glick says:

    Jerusalem Publishing Atelier are very proud to be a part of another fantastic project. Our group is partnering with the Women of the Book to launch one of those “once in a life time” projects, in this year Jerusalem Biennale!!! 54 paintings by 54 Jewish artists, from 5 continents, collaborated to tell their vision of the core text of the Jewish people, the Parshat Hashavua Read more at

  2. Geoff Sirmai says:

    See more about Presence=Present (the intriguing Alana Ruben Free and David Gerstein collaboration) at

    Alana has a strong connection with Australia where all of her plays have had seasons including some their premieres.

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