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Ludwig Blum, “Painter Of Jerusalem” On View At MOBIA;
Tel Aviv Pops Up At Art Basel Miami Beach

November 22, 2011—More than forty paintings are included in the exhibition Jerusalem and the Holy Land: The Paintings of Ludwig Blum (1891-1974), on display at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) through January 15, 2012. The exhibition, which is one of several recent arts initiatives supported in part by Targum Shlishi, offers a unique historical glimpse of the Holy Land and the holiest sites during the years that Blum painted there. Blum, an academically trained painter, immigrated to Palestine in 1923 from what is now the Czech Republic and immediately began depicting the Middle East through both vast topographical scenes (panoramic views were his specialty) and small-scale street and marketplace scenes. Blum’s subjects include urban and rural backdrops, holy sites, Jerusalem’s landscape and peoples, pioneering kibbutzim settlements, and more.

“This is a rare opportunity to see a large grouping of Blum’s paintings in one place in the United States and to observe not only the artistry of his work, but the history it imparts. Blum was active during an extraordinary time in Israel’s history, essentially over the course of five decades with the founding of Israel as the midway point of his career,” notes Raquel Rubin, co-director of Targum Shlishi. “Anyone in or near New York in the coming months should take the opportunity to go to MOBIA, which has done an excellent job mounting the exhibition, and see Blum’s work.” MOBIA is located near Lincoln Center at 1865 Broadway at 61st Street. For hours and further information visit its website at www.mobia.org.

Targum Shlishi is also supporting a celebration of Israeli art and culture in the form of a four-day pop-up experience during Art Basel Miami Beach this year. The Culture Club by Picnic Magazine, Tel Aviv, on view from December 1 - 4, is an installation that showcases the dynamic and creative spirit of Israel. Curated by Tel Aviv’s Picnic Magazine, the installation is a multi-sensory environment that allows visitors to experience Israel’s creative essence through its hot-spot, Tel Aviv. The Culture Club is located in the Buena Vista Building (Miami Design District, 180 NE 39 Street, Suite 200, Miami) and features the work of young, emerging artists as well as icons of the country’s creative history, such as Dani Karavan. The experience encompasses music, film, architecture, food, a pop-up shop, and art. For further information, please contact Monica Haim (monicaehaim@gmail.com).

Targum Shlishi has supported several other recent arts-related programs, many with strong educational components, in keeping with the foundation’s emphasis on education for all ages. A selected list of arts-related initiatives follows.

  • Electronic Educational Archive for Judaism and the Arts, the Jo Milgrom Collection, The Schechter Institutes, Inc., Philadelphia
  • Preliminary treatment for the film Word and World: Hebrew Illuminated and Illustrated Manuscripts, MUSE Film and Television, New York
  • Artists’ Beit Midrash, Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El, New York
  • Children’s art classes, S.L.S. Art Academy, A Division of Jewish Art Center Corporation, Miami Beach
  • Tobi Kahn: Sacred Spaces for the 21st Century, exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art, New York
  • Student Workshops, Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach

About Targum Shlishi
Targum Shlishi is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’s initiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish. For more information on the foundation, visit its website at www.targumshlishi.org.

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