Jerusalem Biennale: Unusual Museum & Arts

“Watershed” is theme of 3rd Jerusalem Biennale,

an international collection of Jewish Contemporary art,

comprised of 26 exhibitions in 9 venues,

running from October 1 – November 16.

One venue is the old Bezek Building on Chopin Street

Sign on Bezek building for Jerusalem Biennale

across from the Jerusalem Theater.

Homelands, reflections of the Jews of Islamic Lands,

Exhibit on Jews from Arab lands in Homeland art exhibit

was fascinating.

One descendant of Jews exiled from Arab lands,

Shy Abady, named his piece “Racial Profiling”

Racial Profiling (or Uncle Ezra, father and Nasser by Shy Abady

(or Uncle Ezra, Father and Gamal Abdel Nasser.)

Another fascinating venue was the

Museum of Underground Prisoners of British Mandate Palestine

Museum of the Underground Prisoners,

which was built in the 1860s, as part of the Russian Compound.

Underground Prisoners Museum

The sign above the entrance says

“Marinskoe podvorie or Maria’s Court.”

During the British Mandate,

Underground Prisoners Museum cell

with its bars and cells, this place

was known for its harsh treatment of Jews.

canvas of Barbara Hines in Jerusalem Bienelle

What a striking contrast with these

Jerusalem Israel art exhibit in Museum of Underground Prisoners in Jerusalem

works of contemporary art.

Kitchen in old Prison from British Mandate

No complaining about kitchens after seeing this one,

Cell and bed from British Mandate in Underground Prison Museum

or dorm mattresses either.

Underground Prisoner's Museum infirmary

This was the infirmary.

One of the exhibit’s “Watershed” moments

was the Balfour Declaration,

of November 2, 1917,

Balfour letter as part of art exhibit in Jerusalem Israel

 which was projected as part of this art piece.

It was located next to this

Commander's office British Mandate in Underground Prisoner's Museum

replica of the British Mandate office.

The contrast of old and new

is always a major theme in Jerusalem,

Cells at Prison for isolation prisoners Jerusalem Israel

but here it goes further as the isolation cells were

 used to show various videos of watershed moments.

In this former prison a room is dedicated as a memorial to

Memorial room in Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem Israel

those fallen in establishing a state in the Jewish homeland.

Ropes with words of Hatikvah on wall in background Jerusalem Israel

The words of Hatikvah are on the wall

behind the hanging gallows,

Two Jews hung by British have special memorial near ropes where they were hung

and their photos are a few meters away.

Outside in the prison yard,

Yard of prison with Muslim prayer corner

 a corner designated for Muslim prayer.

British prison for Mandate prisoners Jewish & Moslem

The former prison, being used as an art gallery,

held some of my favorite pieces

made by Jewish Artists in America,

Jeffrey Brosk, Barabara Hines and George Tobolowsky.

Talking with them was also a pleasure,

as they explained their work.

It was recently announced

that this former prison will become the home of Galatz,

the IDF military radio station.

Please notice the construction fence on the left,

that leads to the new Bezalel Arts Campus.

So much more, but all there is time for now.

For more check, RJS Facebook photos 

and link to full Biennale website. 

And still more,

 the 9th year showcasing Jerusalem contemporary art

is the Jerusalem festival called Manofim  

The Shabbat Project held multiple events,

and the annual Oud Festival is beginning.

Jerusalem Israel annual Oud Festival

Another week of too much happening

on the Jerusalem, Israel streets

Shabbat Shalom – Aliyah Day

Shabbat Shalom – Aliyah Day

Aliyah Day

was established in 2016 to honor Olim,

immigrants to Israel, for their contributions.

It was set for 7th day of the Hebrew month Marcheshvan,

 near the Torah portion Lech Lecha, in which

G‑d promises the Land of Israel to Avram’s descendants.

Aliyah Day

A major celebration was held in Jerusalem, Israel.

I do not know who sent the invitations, how, or to whom.

But after clearing security, there was food,

Yom Aliyah in Jerusalem

and a show with music and dancing and

entertainment, and of course speeches,

Man in audience with small Israel i flag

to a diverse group of Olim in the audience.

We live near Tchernichowsky Street,

Aliyah Day photo of Tchernikofsky

and there he was on one of the huge screens.

This is not the usual RJS  Shabbat Shalom greeting,

but instead of a pretty photo, I decided to

share a short clip of one impressive performance.

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom

Happy Aliyah Day.