20. February 29 – April 29, 2005 (Two concurrent exhibitions)

A. BORIS SCHATZ (1866-1932):

HIS CIRCLE AND THE BEGINNING OF THE BEZALEL ART SCHOOL

FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF BELLA SCHAFER AND THE TEMPLE JUDEA MUSEUM

DESCRIPTION: In naming the school he founded, in Jerusalem in 1906, Bezalel, Boris Schatz linked the achievement of a modern arts school, contemporary to its time, to a biblical ethos. Bezalel was the first Jewish artist.  For the visionary Schatz the purpose of this first art school in the Land of Israel was linked to the Zionist dream. Bezalel was to serve as a training ground for pioneering. This exhibition offered viewers a first hand look at work seldom seen in this area by both students and professors of the Bezalel School - the first art school in Zionist Palestine. Contemporary works gave an indication of the continued prominence of Bezalel as Israel’s leading art school.