Fall, Art, Jerusalemby Jenna Romano | 25.10.17
October is a uniquely dynamic month for the art and culture scene in Jerusalem this year. The ‘start of the art season’ brings with it plenty of new exhibitions, with two events in particular that may entice Tel Avivians to make the ride to the Holy City: The Jerusalem Biennale and The Manofim Festival.
The 3rd Jerusalem Biennale is an international art event spanning nine diverse venues throughout the city; including 25 exhibitions which celebrate the versatility and relevance of Contemporary Jewish Art. This year’s theme, Watershed is interpreted by founder and director Ram Ozeri as an idea emphasizing Jerusalem as a cultural and historical focal point (the city is, after all, a geological watershed)—and a reflection on collective and individual ‘watershed moments’ throughout history until the present day. The Biennale will be open until Nov. 16, and tickets can be purchased online. Perhaps the best way to visit the event is by joining a guided tour.
Manofim Contemporary Art Festival, founded by Rinat Edelstein and Leehee Shiluv, is celebrating its ninth year in Jerusalem. The five-day festival brings really brings the art scene to life, and to the forefront of the city one week. Visitors can expect non-stop art events; including exhibition openings, performances, art conferences, parties, one-on-one artist meetings, and more. Throughout the festival, shuttles are provided for visitors to travel in between venues, making event hopping easy! For a full list of Manofim exhibitions and events, visit the Manofim website.