Archives in a liquor cabinet

"Daydream" at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

January 7, 2016 12:53
3 minute read.
Bezalel Museum

Bezalel Academy founder Boris Schatz (right) and Prof. Israel Aharoni visit the Bezalel Museum’s natural collection in 1909.. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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As we neared the end of the “Daydream” exhibition, Hila Zaksenberg, its curator, turned to me and said without hesitation, “It’s not a very sexy topic, is it?” In theory, the subject matter – the history of the archiving process (or lack thereof) of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design,is one whose sex appeal is limited.

But in truth, what lay within this exhibition – which closed January 6 – is a formidable insight into the pursuit of the past and how its preservation takes many different forms.


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