The Jerusalem Biennale

Between a Break and a Breakdown 
Jewelry as a Mirror for Our Time



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As part of the Jerusalem Biennale, the Tower of David Museum is hosting the art exhibition Between a Break and a Breakdown.

Undoubtedly, the current era of forced breaks in routine due to lockdowns and social alienation has greatly affected us as individuals and as a society. The COVID pandemic has disrupted and changed our familiar reality and our pre-pandemic lifestyle has been changed completely. Patterns of life, the economy, and society have been fundamentally changed; and another layer has been introduced into our lives, a layer of instability and uncertainty obscuring reality. The pandemic highlights the fragility of existence for us and emphasizes, more than ever, existing problems, while opening a window for general, multi-systemic change - both internal and external, both personal and institutional.

The exhibition, Between a Break and a Breakdown: Jewelry as a Mirror of our Times,  is a joint exhibition among 24 contemporary jewelers from Turkey and Israel who, although are all living in different realities and are at different stages in life, have been brought together through the Covid 19 pandemic. Sixteen of the jewelers are from Turkey and eight are from Israel. During the past year they have met via zoom, working together in groups of threes to discuss the impact of the pandemic on their work and to see if there were any shared sentiments and challenges despite the fact that they were strangers and estranged with closed borders and from different cultures. The exhibition is the product of this active discourse and meetings between them and the end result is their work, jewelry as a mirror of our times.

Eilat Lieber, Director and Chief Curator of the Tower of David Museum: "We are delighted, and extremely excited, to open the citadel’s gates, to house the contemporary jewelry design exhibition that is a result of Israeli and Turkish cooperation. The exhibition will be shown in one of the guardrooms of the ancient citadel that was magnificently renovated by the Ottomans in the 16th century. Here they even built the “Tower of David” that eventually became the symbol of the city. The young artists presenting their works here fulfill the vision of the Tower of David Museum which has transformed the city’s fortress from a military symbol of power and rule to a symbol of diverse, vibrant and contemporary culture that is developing in Jerusalem against the background of the city's rich history."

Ariel Lavian, Curator: “On one hand, the pandemic paralyzed some artists – but for others, it gave them a sense of freedom – and this is what the pandemic gave me: energy and time to explore. I came across some work of a contemporary jeweler in Istanbul, and realized that I knew nothing of my counter craftsmen in Turkey and reached out to her … and it was here that the idea to do a joint exhibition was born. It should have been a no-brainer as we share the same field of work in neighboring countries, but before Covid 19, I didn’t know anyone in Turkey. I asked myself, how could this be? In retrospect, it's a pity that I did not reach out years earlier. I met 16 amazing people, wonderful artists, who I can call friends today and I am sure we will keep in touch both on a personal and professional level.”

Ariel Lavian (born 1983) graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel’s prestigious art and design school, in 2012 (B.F.A, Fashion and Jewelry Department) and completed his Master's Degree in conceptual design at Bezalel in 2016. Since 2017, he has been a lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Lavian has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. His designs have been acquired internationally, both by private collectors as well as selected museums, including the SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia, United States, and the Design Museum, Holon, Israel. In 2018, Lavian was appointed Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) Ambassador for Israel. In 2019, Lavian received the Design Award from the Ministry of Culture, Israel.

The Jerusalem Biennale was founded in 2013 and is dedicated to exploring the places in which contemporary art and the Jewish world of content meet. It is a stage for contemporary, professional artists, who create and refer in their work to Jewish thought, spirit, tradition or experience, to exhibit their work in Jerusalem. To date, there have been four Jerusalem Biennales.

Aişegül Telli | Burcu Büyükünal | Burcu Sülek | Canan Durukal | Deniz Turan | Ela Cindoruk | Ezgi Okur | Feyzal Baykut | Filiz Ateş | Gözde Erdoğan | Gülnur Özdağlar | Hakan Aktuğ | Leyla Taranto | Nazan Pak | Selen Özus | Şenay Akın | Einav Benzano | Dania Chelminsky | Sara Shahak | Moriah Pollack Levine | Rill Greenfeld | Keren Gispan | Sara Bacsh | Efrat Habani


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Some important details
The Exabituin will remain open until January 2022
According to the museum's opening hours
Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 5 PM
Friday 10AM - 3PM
A visit to the exhibition is included in the entrance ticket to the museum

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