The Knesset building.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
The Knesset has a NIS 250,000 art budget, and it’s looking to spend it, Director- General Albert Sacharovich announced Tuesday.
Artists were invited to apply to have the Knesset buy their works to display on its walls.
The call is for two-dimensional works of art, which will be chosen by a committee consisting of three art experts who will consider the works’ originality, artistic level, quality, durability and the artists’ reputation.
“The job of the Knesset is to pass laws, but there is great importance to activities beyond the parliamentary, like promoting art,” Sacharovich said. “The way the legislature looks is important... Every citizen or tourist who comes to the Knesset can see not just parliamentary work, but also the art.”
In 2010, the Knesset asked artists to submit works for the first time, buying the work of 31 artists.
The Knesset has an extensive art collection, and is the only place with a permanent exhibit of contemporary works of Israeli ceramics. The exhibit in the Knesset committee wing, which features 53 works, came after a call for artists to submit ceramics in 2014.