• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROJECTS YET UNDERTAKEN IN ISRAEL REACHED FRUITION YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) WITH THE OPENING OF THE ISRAEL NATIONAL MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM.

  • Description

    ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROJECTS YET UNDERTAKEN IN ISRAEL REACHED FRUITION YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) WITH THE OPENING OF THE ISRAEL NATIONAL MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM. PRESIDENT SHAZAR OF ISRAEL FORMALLY DECLARED THE MUSEUM OPEN AT AN INTERNATIONAL GATHERING OF ARTISTS AND BENEFACTORS AT THE MUSEUM SITE - SET ON A HILL IN THE GEOGRAPHICAL CENTRE OF THE HOLY CITY.

    THE ISRAELI MUSEUM PROJECT BEGAN IN 1956 WHEN ISRAELI AND AMERICAN AUTHORITIES BEGAN TALKS ON THE USE OF AN AMERICAN GRANT AMOUNTING TO 6,000,000 ISRAELI POUNDS. AFTER PRELIMINARY TALKS LASTING SEVERAL MONTHS IDEAS WERE CRYSTALLIZED INTO THE MUSEUM PROJECT AND 22 ACRES OF GROUND WERE ALLOTTED FOR CONSTRUCTION.

    INITIAL CONSTRUCTION WORK BEGAN IN 1960 AFTER COMPETITIONS WERE HELD FOR DESIGN OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDSCAPING OF THE GARDENS. THE FINAL DESIGN INVOLVED FOUR SEPARATE UNITS - THREE OF WHICH ARE BUILDINGS AND ONE A GARDEN FOR SCULPTURE. THE MAIN BUILDING HOUSES THE BEZALEL NATIONAL ART MUSEUM AND THE SAMUEL BRONFMAN BIBLICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. THE OTHER UNITS ARE THE SHRINE OF THE BOOK - A BUILDING OF UNUSUAL DESIGN HOUSING SOME OF DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND THE BILLY ROSE ART GARDEN, ENDOWED BY THE NEW YORK THEATRICAL PRODUCER. HE DONATED HIS ENTIRE ART COLLECTION TO START THE ART GARDEN.

    A WORLD-WIDE APPEAL AMONGST JEWRY RAISED FUNDS FOR THE MUSEUM AND ART COLLECTORS AND MUSEUMS LOANED EXHIBITS VALUED AT 20,000,000 DOLLARS FOR THE INAUGURAL EXHIBITION. MOST OF THE CLASSICAL WORKS OF ART - REMBRANDT'S, VAN DYKE'S AND RUBENS' - TRACE THE BIBLICAL STORY; OTHER WORKS ARE BY THE FRENCH IMPRESSIONISTS AND CONTEMPORARY PAINTERS INCLUDING CHAGALL, KLEE AND PICASSO.

    THE ISRAEL MUSEUM IS THE THIRD MAJOR MUSEUM TO BE OPENED THIS YEAR; THE OTHER TWO WERE IN MEXICO CITY AND LOS ANGELES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7MBEL8NVR25FNT4GRI41KO95U
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MBEL8NVR25FNT4GRI41KO95U
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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