|Address:||Museum of Art, Ein Harod 18965 Israel|
As part of the new policy of trying to cultivate new audiences to the rich collection of Jewish art, the museum has began a loaning program to the Kimaron - a theatre center in Emek Bet Shean.
The building of the underground theatre, Kimaron, began during the War of Attrition (1969-70). The residents of the Bet Shean Valley who enjoyed their cultural activities in the open amphitheatre feared that they would not be able to continue to do so while there were bombings in the region. The architect Shlomo Gilad provided a unique solution- an underground theatre that also served as a bomb shelter. The theatre was planned so that in the reception area of the theatre the local artists could exhibit their work.
Today at the Kimaron the works of the Dutch artist Nettie Steijns-Bromberg (1920-1990) are exhibited. Upon her death, Nettie's works were bequeathed to the Museum of Art in Ein Harod. Nettie was a fighter in the Jewish Resistance Movement against Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II. She visited Israel many times, beautifully painting the landscapes of Jerusalem, the Judaen desert, and Eilat. She had a strong love for Israel and felt that Israel should be the home of her precious artworks.