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16 October 2019 - 17 Tishri 5780 - י"ז תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
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JERUSALEM’S BIENNALE SHOW INCLUDES EXHIBITORS AND PROJECTS FROM ASIA E-mail

The third Jerusalem Biennale, currently underway, is hosting many dozens of exhibitions and projects from all around the world. Well over 200 global artists, including many from Asia, are displaying their works. The event runs until 16 November.

This year’s Biennale Show also encompasses 26 Jewish contemporary art exhibitions and projects, and is happening in several venues across the city, including the Tower of David Museum, The Bible Lands Museum, Hebrew Union College (The Skirball Museum), Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Research Institute and more.

The central mission of the Jerusalem Biennale is to facilitate the manifestation of various creative forces in Jerusalem, within the framework of Contemporary Jewish Art.

This year’s theme is “Watershed”. As a geological term, it examines water, streams and rivers that split and converge. It can also be used as a metaphor to help us think about ourselves and the way we split and converge as individuals and groups. In both Hebrew (Kav Parahat Hamayim) and English, the word “watershed” refers to a significant turning point – an event that changes the course of history.

One of the strongest showcases features Indian artists. A group of nine Indian artists built their biennale exhibition, “War and Peace”, around a shared watershed moment: Indian and Israeli independence from the British Mandate, which occurred in 1947 and 1948 respectively. “When I read the history of Israel I found a lot of similarities between India and Israel. And I have been working on watershed themes for years, inspired by events in New Delhi,” said curator and participant Hemavathy Guha.

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