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Israeli Exhibition, "Bezalel on Tour," Makes First U.S. Stop at MICA, Feb. 10-March 18

Exhibition Makes International News

Posted 12.21.11 by mica communications

By Ayala Sol Fridman (Ceramics and Glass Design Department), student work from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

BALTIMORE—From Friday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, March 18, MICA will display Bezalel on Tour, an exhibition showcasing some of the best contemporary creations by more than two dozen Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem alumni who graduated in the past five years. MICA is the first U.S. venue for this touring exhibition, which introduces to the world some of Israel's emerging artists while providing a fresh and creative outlook on the country's society. The exhibition-which celebrates the 105th anniversary of Israel's oldest institute of higher education and a leading international academy of art, design and architecture-will take place in Brown Center's Leidy Atrium and Rosenberg and Falvey Hall galleries (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.). A reception will be held on Thursday, March 1, 5-7 p.m., followed by a screening of student animation films from 7-9 p.m.

  • READ: Jewish Times featured Bezalel on Tour on the front cover.
  • READ: Forbes feature calling the Bezalel Academy one of the "Names You Need to Know."
  • READ: Jewish Telegraphic Agency buzz on Bezalel bringing artwork to the United States.
  • Coverage also appeared in Abbanibi, About.com, American Israel Cultural Foundation, ArtBoom, Artslant, Associated, Baltimore magazine, Cultural Tourism D.C., Embassy of Israel, Examiner, Jewish Light, Jerusalem Post, Jewish Press International, Maryland Life magazine, Times of Israel, Shalom USA, Visit Maryland and more.


This exhibition builds upon many years of MICA's cultural partnership with Bezalel, stemming from semester abroad exchanges. Both institutions act as key players in the global artistic discourse and can celebrate their many graduates forging important crossroads throughout the international art world.

"Bezalel Academy of Art and Design is an international destination for the highest caliber of art students from all over. Since MICA has such a close partnership with the Academy, it is appropriate that our students experience what their peers are doing on the other side of the globe," MICA Director of Exhibitions Gerald Ross said. "I think visitors will be surprised by what they discover because this is an exhibition void of what we in the United States might think of when we first think of the ‘charged political atmosphere' in the Middle East." Ross traveled to Israel this past summer to meet administration, students and faculty from Bezalel, as well as experience firsthand the incredible work and facilities at the school.

Curated by the head of the Ceramics and Glass Design Department, Muli Ben Sasson, the exhibition includes diverse works from the Academy departments: fine arts, architecture, photography, ceramics and glass design, industrial design, jewelry and fashion design, visual communications and screen based arts, as well as works from its graduate programs: Master of Urban Design, Master in Policy and Theory of the Arts, Master of Design and Master in Fine Arts.


Public Programming:

· Film Screening: Waltz with Bashir

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7-10 p.m.; Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.; Free

Winner of six Ophir Israeli Academy Awards and nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Waltz with Bashir is an animated documentary film that tells the story of Israeli film director Ari Folman's attempt to solve a riddle from his past. Unable to remember a large part of his life, he concludes there must be a connection to the first Lebanon War of the early 1980s. Intrigued, he decides to interview old friends and comrades around the world to discover the truth about that time and about himself. The screening will be hosted by David Sterritt, director of the National Society of Film Critics and a MICA faculty member.

· Reception and Screening of Student Animation Films

Thursday, March 1, 5-9 p.m.; Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.; Free

Celebrate the display of Bezalel on Tour from 5-7 p.m. and then stay for a screening of 12 Bezalel student short animation films from 7-9 p.m.


More than 100 years after it was founded by Lithuanian Jewish artist and sculptor Boris Schatz, the Academy continues to deliver its message of contemporary Israeli art as innovative and groundbreaking, fueled by local materials and creating a powerful international presence.

This exhibition is intended to be displayed in academies and galleries around the world. Previously, the Academy has exhibited in Orangerie du Sénat, Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, Universität der Künste Berlin and Sotheby's in London.

A showing of this exhibition is being planned for the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland in fall 2012.

Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.

Image caption: Student artwork from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design by Ayala Sol Fridman (Ceramics and Glass Design Department).

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.