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

8 Things to See Now on Jerusalem Streets

Israeli Apartheid? 

 got the most views in one day for a RJS post. 

But, 15 Real Photos of Arab Girls is still going strong 

and will soon go over 100,000 views. 

Too bad all my numbers are not that impressive.

So what is there to see in Jerusalem, Israel, now that the holidays

and municipal elections are over,

picture announcements, image colorful posters

and the campaign signs are slowly coming down?

image street art, grafiti, Jerusalem street art

1. Street art can be found in parking lots

man walking on Jaffa STreet

and lines so many streets,

 but contemporary art in Jerusalem has a new home.

2. The Jerusalem Biennale, which runs from September 15-October 31,

Cultural event Jerusalem Israel art & artists

 had its opening in the galleries of the renovated Templar houses on Emek Refaim Street.

3. For the week of October 17-24,

sign Manofim

there was Manofim, multiple exhibitions of contemporary art in Jerusalem.

image man at podium, picture lecture

Art critic and art history expert, Gideon Efrat,

gave a talk at Mishkenot Sha’ananim as part of the annual Manofim events.

image woman drawing, picture sektcthing

One woman was sketching during the program,

which was great to see at an art lecture.

manofim image, Jerusalem bird sanctuary

Manofim took place in many neighborhoods around Jerusalem,

but I was surprised to find this sign left at the Jerusalem Bird Sanctuary.

Art, art and more art is not what you think of first in Jerusalem,

but I have written before about the galleries in the Jerusalem Theater.

Yithak Greenfield with artists

4.  Israeli artist Yitzhak Greenfield’s students opened a show at the theater.

image woman in art gallery, looking at paintings image.

People of all ages came to see their work.

photo of art display, gallery in Jerusalem Theater

 Displays are constantly changing and open to public at no charge.

But there is more than art.

Cinema City in Jerusalem

5. The Cinema City signs are up,

 now everyone can see where the new theaters are located.

sign for Oud Festival

6. See and hear, another Oud Festival starts soon.

sign Einstein on Azza

7. See and learn on Azza Street from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm,

Einstein on Azza is coming on November 1.

Professors from the Hebrew University will give free lectures, along with live performances.

There is so much more, but the last for today.

sign for Jerusalem Knights

8. The Jerusalem Knights Festival will be held

on four consecutive Thursday nights starting October 31.

I saw the very first Knight night and wrote

who could imagine that the Crusades could be so much fun?

You may hear in the news about protests,

but how about these other events that are happening now? 

There is a big problem though,

with so much to see and do,

how does one see a fraction of the things that are going on?

Now If I could just get people interested in seeing some of this good stuff 

and not just looking for Arab girls….