Curator: Dvora Liss
In 2018, the museum celebrated its 80th anniversary exhibiting the show “Treasures of the Mishkan Museum of Art”. The exhibition was divided into two central narratives- the paintings and sculptures by Jewish artists active in Europe at the first half of the 20th century, and Israeli art from the establishment of the State of Israel to this day.
“Jewish Gems of the Mishkan” highlights evolving conceptions of Jewish identity and cherry-picks works from both of these narratives, exhibiting them side by side to reveal interesting relationships to one another. The show is a shared journey without geographical distinction and does not distinguish between Jewishness and Israelihood. It portrays the rich mosaic of the Jewish experience relating to Jewish faith and culture. It connects the diasporic image of the bearded Orthodox praying Jew with the tanned and muscled and often clichéd Kibbutz Tzabar.
It is the incredible story of the works collected by the museum over the past 80 years through personal donations of the kibbutz members, works that arrived after the holocaust through agencies that wanted to preserve Jewish art, and donations by artists having exhibited in the Mishkan. The show is housed in the Judaica Wing of the museum and dialogues with the permanent Judaica collection.