The exhibition entitled The Heritage of the Holy Land, displaying a selection from the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, might well be one of the highlights of the Museum of Fine Arts' events in 2009. Opening in the middle of June, the exhibition will span 9,000 years and will include unique exhibits such as a fragment of the Dead Sea scrolls, as well as works by Rembrandt, Chagall and Rodin.
The history of the land of present-day Israel was shaped by the meeting of cultures and religions for millennia. This land is regarded by several world religions as a holy place. Thus, the Budapest exhibition is organised around the concepts of the sacred and the spiritual, and their manifestations in art. The artefacts and works of art displayed will range from the 7th millennia B.C. to as recently as 2005.
The masterpieces will come from different parts of the collection of the Israel Museum representing different historical periods and artistic genres, thus the exhibition will draw visitors’ attention to relationships between the works – some self-evident and some more intriguing – and present the cultural diversity of the region's history.
Visitors will be able to see life-size anthropoid mummy coffins, a Koran from Kashmir, Hanukkah candle holders, a photograph taken of the Shroud of Turin in the 19th century, works by Rembrandt, Poussin, Rodin, Chagall, Duchamp, and Rothko as well as by contemporary artists Walinger and Boltanski. One of the most outstanding exhibits will be one part of the Dead Sea scrolls, a section of the Temple Scroll, being the longest complete Dead Sea Scroll ever found written in the 1st century B.C.
During 2008 to 2010 the Israel Museum in Jerusalem is renewing all of its galleries and its campus while the museum remains open. This project offers the opportunity for the many treasured artefacts of its permanent collection to be displayed in summer 2009 in Budapest.
The exhibition is curated by Yigal Zalmona, the chief curator of the Israel Museum, and is directed by Krisztina Jerger.
24 June 2009 – 6 September 2009
Open every day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Monday