Frank Sinatra believed that “Chicago is one town that won’t let you down”. In June 2012, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem will find out exactly what he meant when the innovative exhibition opens at Sotheby’s in Chicago
The “Bezalel on Tour” exhibition featuring contemporary art works of recent graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem will open on Wednesday, June 21, 2012, at Sotheby’s. The traveling exhibition, which made its first stop at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore earlier this year, will travel throughout North America over the next year.
This is not the first time Bezalel is partnering with Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art, for an exhibition. Last year, Sotheby’s London held a selling exhibition for the academy after curator Janice Blackburn visited Israel in 2010. After looking at student works and talking to Bezalel president, Professor Arnon Zuckerman, she felt motivated to take a selection of the best of past and present students’ works to London. After receiving rave reviews in London, Professor Zuckerman wanted to take the exhibition also to America. “This exciting collaboration with Sotheby’s befits our reputation as a world leading academy of art, design and architecture, where creativity, quality and excellence are the very essence of our history,” says Zuckerman.
“Bezalel on Tour” celebrates the 106th anniversary of Bezalel, Israel‘s oldest institute of higher education and a leading international academy of art, design and architecture, which was founded by Lithuanian Jewish artist and sculptor, Boris Schatz. Bezalel continues to deliver its message of contemporary Israeli art as innovative and groundbreaking, fueled by local materials and creating a powerful international presence. During the past three years alone Bezalel Academy has exhibited in Orangerie du Sénat, Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, Universität der Künste Berlin, Sotheby’s London and Milan Design Week, among other prestigious venues.
The “Bezalel on Tour” exhibit will run until Friday, July 20, 2012 and thereafter, will continue on to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio, in the fall of 2012, the Corcoran Museum in Washington in the Spring of 2013 followed by Providence, Rhode Island (venue to be confirmed).