2016 Exhibition Highlights
Exhibitions in Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Architecture Reflect on Cross-Cultural Exchange Spanning Millennia
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem today announced its upcoming program of exhibitions for 2016, following the conclusion of its 50th Anniversary celebrations throughout 2015. From focused presentations of international contemporary artists to exhibitions exploring cross-cultural themes, the Museum’s 2016 program embraces topics spanning continents, genres, and time periods.
Opening on March 4 as a centerpiece of the Museum’s 2016 season, Pharaoh in Canaan: The Untold Story marks the first-ever exhibition to explore the cross-cultural ties between Egypt and Canaan during the second millennium BCE through an unprecedented display of more than 650 ancient artifacts. Featuring objects discovered in Egypt and Israel, the exhibition illuminates the cross-fertilization of ritual practices and aesthetic vocabularies between these two distinct ancient cultures. On view beginning July 1, Social Construction: Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine extends into the 20th century this same exploration of how distinct cultures can coalesce to inform the development of new cultural expressions by highlighting the transformative impact of early European modernism on the development of architecture in Palestine during the British Mandate.
“The notion of cross-cultural dialogue goes right to the heart of everything we do at the Israel Museum, resonating deeply with the rich narratives of aesthetic interchange found throughout our encyclopedic collections,” said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. “In 2016, we are exploring this theme to showcase the ongoing phenomenon of cultural and aesthetic exchange that has marked the history of civilization and that continues worldwide today.”