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Boris Schatz from Sofia to Jerusalem 1918 to 2018 and beyond - Call for papers

(30.7.2018)

“Boris Schatz from Sofia to Jerusalem 1918 to 2018 and beyond". Tribute to the utopian novel "Jerusalem rebuilt" 1918

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Submission Deadline - Sep 23, 2018

The Israel-Bulgaria Friendship Association, in collaboration with the Schatz House (Jerusalem), the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design (Jerusalem), the National Academy of Art (Sofia), the Israel Museum Jerusalem (Jerusalem) and The National Library of Israel (Jerusalem) are organizing an International Confrence, in Jerusalem, on Sunday, December 9, 2018. Sessions will take place in the Auditorium of the Israel Museum Jerusalem.
"I looked upon art as temple and upon artists as its priests. I dreamed that I should become a high priest in the service of sacred art, that I would teach mankind the ideal of the great and beautiful…"
(Schatz 1910)
The life, thought, and work of Boris Schatz - artist, visionary, and man of action - are inseparably intertwined with Jewish and Zionist cultural history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In fact, Schatz had a unique influence on the emergence of Israeli culture. He founded the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, opened in Jerusalem in 1906 and later to become the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, as well as the Bezalel National Museum, forerunner of the Israel Museum, and thus set a formal starting point for Israeli art. He dreamed of nothing less than creating a center in Jerusalem for the birth of a new Hebraic art, a center that would gather students from near and far, from the budding Zionist immigration and from the Jewish Diaspora, and would attract artists from all over the world. He saw this center, with a great museum as one of its pillars, as a contemporary Third Temple - a powerhouse of spiritual energy that would radiate its ideals to the entire Jewish people and inspire a renewed national identity. (http://museum.imj.org.il).