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 Opening: December 2019

This exhibition presents drawings, engravings and lithographs from the private collection of Dr. Reuven Hecht. Like the oil paintings in the Hecht collection, these works also date from the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, but unlike the paintings, they are not on permanent display in the museum's art wing. The reason is that paper is damaged when exposed to light, moisture and changes in temperature. Therefore, works on paper are kept in the museum's storeroom, which serves as a capsule that can control the harmful effects of time on the material.

The unique properties of paper make it a particularly sensitive substance. The small format of the works require close looking.
The delicate lines of the drawing suggest the movement of the artist's hand. Together, they create an intimate viewing experience reminiscent of reading a personal letter or a diary. The themes of the works, mainly portraits, also reflect an attempt to preserve the past and deflect the ravages of time. Behind the portraits are the life stories of the sitters, some of whom left a mark on history, others anonymous individuals whose identities time has managed to erase.

Facing the works from the Hecht collection is a video installation by contemporary artist Ram Samocha. A kind of self-portrait,
it enables seeing the works in the collection in a new light. Samocha’s installations relate to aspects of rhythm, movement and time missing from the drawings hanging on the museum’s walls. His works aim to reveal the process of the construction of the image and include the viewer in the acts that precede the creation of the final drawing. Samocha's own movements evoke the doubts, frustrations and passions associated with an artist's confrontation with the blank page that will become a work of art. The connection between the static nature of the Hecht collection and Samocha’s dynamic installation creates a dialog between past and present, the turbulent act of the artist and the silent work of art.

Curator: Dr. Sorin Heller

Assi Meshullam, Moloch, 2013, mixed media, 270x107x107 cmAssi Meshullam, Moloch, 2013, mixed media, 270x107x107 cmThe exhibition "Between Ethos and Myth" is dedicated to the work of two artists, Jonathan Gold and Assi Meshullam. Both are recipients of study grants as part of the Young Artists' Competition in the Visual Arts held by the Hecht Museum annually.

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.Holocaust survivors and their memories are at the core of this exhibition

 ?What can we learn from these witnesses

Opening: Mach 2019

The fear, the persecution and loss of loved ones have left deep and unhealable wounds in those who were then children and teenagers. These people bear scars that cannot be healed. The last goodbye, the last visual contact with a father, a mother, a sibling has marked their memories permanently. At the same time, the quotes show that the witnesses have tried to cope with their wounds in very different ways over the course of their lives.
The survivors know that they are exceptions. They were lucky, but they also feel that they don’t deserve this luck. The fact that they have survived, while their relatives were killed, is

Curator: Dr. Irit Miller
Opening: March, 2012

 From Within the House – Rachel Shavit Bentwich – Paintings and Drawings From Within the House – Rachel Shavit Bentwich – Paintings and DrawingsRachel Shavit Bentwich is concerned with the domestic interior and with the gaze directed outwards from within the house, or the artist's studio. This exhibition features a selection of works that center on the domestic sphere and its diverse meanings.

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Winners of the Competition of Young Artists in the Plastic Arts, 2018

Uriel H. Caspi | Ariel HaCohen | Yanai Kellner|

Exhibition curator: Inna Berkowits

Opening: May 2019

The exhibition of this year’s winners of the Hecht Museum’s young artists’ competition deals with the search for tangible evidence of identity. The three winning artists turn to the museum’s archaeological collection as a source of inspiration in the search for signs of belonging to place, society and culture. The collective identity they look for is difficult to locate in these negativistic times. It avoids clear definition and dissolves before our eyes. The way to anchor that elusive identity is to stage an archaeological act. Discovery of an archaeological find can be perceived as an almost magical event, exposing material evidence of a cultural continuity that spans millennia.

Curator: Irit Salmon
Preface: Ofra Rimon

Else Lasker-Schüler - A Poet Who PaintsElse Lasker-Schüler - A Poet Who PaintsThe exhibition, curated by Irit Salmon, presents Lasker-Schüler's poems alongside the drawings that she created as illustrations for her literary works in prose, poetry, and drama. (For a discussion of the link between script and illustration in her oeuvre, see Itta Shedletzky, "Script and Illustration: Hebrew Accents in Else Lasker-Schüler's Work," Massekhet 3, 2005: 79-100 [Hebrew]).

Curator : Sorin Heller


This exhibition focuses on Alexander Bogen's work in Israel, which, fifty years later, is still ichnographically connected to the work produced during the time of the Holocaust. Bogen's drawings, especially those that survived the fighting of the partisans in the forests, are a firsthand testimony to these events. He creates a gallery of characters, of types, of situations, of a people fighting for its life, that constitute the basis of the myth of the revolt and the renascence.

Curator: Dani Dothan

1 1Born in Vienna, Leopold Krakauer immigrated to Palestine in 1924. Here, in 1925, he worked under architect Alexander Baerwald in Haifa. Krakauer was a pivotal figure in local modern architecture, and is best known for the unique public buildings and private homes that he designed. Among these are the Teltsch Hotel in Haifa, the Bonem residence in Jerusalem, and the Kibbutz Tel Yosef dining hall. In the art world, Krakauer is most renowned for his drawings of trees,

Curators: Batya Be’er and Orit Grossman

Nahum Gutman - Many SeasThe exhibition, featuring sea paintings by Nahum Gutman (1898-1980), provides a glance into a significant chapter of the artist’s oeuvre. The large number of works concentrating on the sea indicates the importance that this theme had to the artist. Portraying the sea went beyond mere interest and admiration; it was certainly rooted in his autobiography. Gutman’s first encounter with the sea was at the age of seven,

Curator: Batia Donner

 WVN9170 f PRESSIn the 1950s, Gershon Knispel sought to focus on the instances where personal experience encountered collective experience. This perspective has characterized his art and the mediums that he has chosen to use throughout the years. Knispel is an artist dedicated to idea and to action. His art strives to present a moral viewpoint while stripping away the façade of clichés in order to focus on society and the individual who must endure the consequences of collective processes.


Curator: Avishay Ayal

Avner Katz PineconesThe Israeli artist Avner Katz grew up in kibbutz Ramat Rachel. Years later, he was first introduced to the art world at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem. From here, Katz went on to serve as a graphic artist in the IDF before becoming a widely successful illustrator and artist. He is known for his paintings, illustrations, and sculptures, many of which have been published in children's books or displayed at various exhibitions throughout Israel. 

Curator: Sorin Heller

1The exhibition "'Image of His Soul,' Max Liebermann – Works on Paper," displays works by one of the most important Jewish artists – one who was recognized and cherished in cultural and artistic circles in Germany and abroad until the Nazi regime ostracized him. Max Liebermann (1847-1935), a leading German painter of the late 19th-early 20th century,

From: 17 April 2010
To: 31 July 2010

The Old City, 1927, PencilThe Old City, 1927, PencilAnna Ticho was a multifaceted woman. She was not a native of this land, but she was deeply rooted in it to her last day. Her entire oeuvre is marked by the Eretz-Israeli nature in general, and the landscapes of the Judean Mountains and Jerusalem in particular, which she drew over and over again in the course of sixty years.

Curator: Sorin Heller
Preface: Ofra Rimon

4The title of the present exhibition dedicated to Jozef Israels’s paintings, “Jozef Israels: A Heart’s Desire,” takes us some dozen years back in time, to an event I witnessed, when the late Dr. Reuben Hecht approached the Hecht Museum’s Art Curator and asked him to organize an exhibition dedicated to Jozef Israels.



1The celebration of the 50th Birthday of the State of Israel and the 100th Anniversary of the First Zionist Congress were yearlong events during which special happenings, conferences, and commemorations took place throughout the country. 
The University of Haifa also arranged a number of special occasions to honor these events in Israel during the year. A novel and rewarding project that would link Israel with the Diaspora and mark

Natalie Kraemer, Trees, oil on canvas, 55.5X33 cmNatalie Kraemer, Trees, oil on canvas, 55.5X33 cmIn 1978, the noted late Swiss collector, Dr. Oscar Ghez, presented the University of Haifa with 137 works of art by 18 artists who perished in the Holocaust. Founder and president of the Petit Palais Museum in Geneva, Oscar Ghez de Castelnuovo had been collecting art since 1945. His collection represents most European art movements and schools from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Curator: Dr. Sorin Heller
Opening: October 2013

Sionah Tagger, Ofra, 1963, oil on canvas, 46x38  Collection of Ofra Guri-Rimon, HaifaSionah Tagger, Ofra, 1963, oil on canvas, 46x38 Collection of Ofra Guri-Rimon, HaifaThis exhibition, which examines the Israeli affinity with the School of Paris of the Artists’ Colony of Safad, is intended to call attention to the rich and varied artistic enterprise that received, in its time, recognition both in the Israeli art world and among wider audiences. The exhibition presents a range of works by pivotal creators working at the School in the 1950s and 1960s. Their works do not merely indicate the artists’ affinity with the School of Paris,

Jerusalem, City of Stone, 1976, photo-etching, aquatint, sugar lift and burnishing, 40X30Jerusalem, City of Stone, 1976, photo-etching, aquatint, sugar lift and burnishing, 40X30

The exhibition "Aryeh Rothman: A Retrospective" was initiated by Miriam Shalev. As Rothman's faithful student, Shalev was his assistant for twelve years at the print workshop he set up at Oranim College and, subsequenlty, the founder of a print workshop which she established, with Rothman's help, in the artists' studios compound of Kibbutz Ein Carmel.