Monday, July 10, 2017

Controversial art museum in Jerusalem battles to survive

By Simone Somekh
The exhibition serves as a bridge of two worlds, one religious and the other secular that are so close and yet so apart from each other.
JERUSALEM---Located on the very edge of West Jerusalem, Museum On The Seam has been committed to presenting thought-provoking art about Israel’s complex socio-political reality since opening in 1999. Soon, the small museum with lofty aims may be forced to shutter its doors — the museum’s main backers have announced they will stop funding the institution. The museum will close down by the end of 2017 if the search for new funds fails. In the meanwhile, a temporary exhibition entitled “Thou Shalt Not,” which features works of both religious and secular Jewish artists, is on display. The aim is to spark new conversations on one of the most incendiary divides of the Israeli society across the religious/secular divide. [More]
The building that hosts the Museum On The Seam was built in 1932 by Andoni Baramki, a Christian-Arab architect, whose family fled to the Gaza Strip during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It was then turned into an Israeli military outpost and it became a museum in 1981.