Two Museums in Jerusalem

In my estimation a museum is successful if it has a defined mission, presenting interesting and thought provoking special exhibitions, and has a good permanent collection following this mission with a variety of works, more than a “one each” of the latest and greatest.  Jerusalem has two such museums though very different in focus.  The Israel Museum is a very well respected museum and has a very large collection that spans the ancient art of Israel and the Jewish diaspora, as well as a fine collection of art of the 20th and 21st centuries.  There is always something new and inspiring to see.  In addition to a James Turrell exhibit (an artist who is a master of using actual light, illusion, and color), the two exhibits we explored were “The Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe” and “Face to Face: the Oldest Masks in the World.”

The masks are incredibly well preserved and are about 9000 years old.  They have been dated based on other materials found in the area where they were excavated.

The second museum we visited has a unique focus.  It’s called Museum on the Seam: A socio-political contemporary art museum.  It’s housed in a former army outpost on the former border (seam) between Israel and Jordan.  It was built in 1932 by the Barmki family and stands near the Mandelbaum Gate, the only entry into what was until 1967 the divided city of Jerusalem.  The museum was founded by Raphie Etgar, whose goal was (and is) to show art that addresses human rights and civic engagement.  The show we saw was “And the Trees Went Forth to Seek a Queen”: our relationship to leaders both public officials and charismatic religious and social leaders.

As we were leaving the museum, we met the director/curator Raphie Etgar who gave us the sad news that the benefactor (a German non-Jewish family) who has been the sole support of this museum has decided to no longer fund it.  He had just received this news himself and we could tell he was still in shock.  It looks like the museum will have to close at the end of this year.  Very sad, especially at such a difficult time in peacemaking in this part of the world. The last image in the blog is a photo of us in his office talking about this sad situation and how they might continue their valuable work.  We discovered that this museum is responsible for the “Coexist” exhibit that traveled the world and you are likely to have seen the bumper stickers even in our small town of Mendocino.  Check out the museum’s website to learn more.

These dresses are from Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq from the 19th-20th centuries.  They look so much like the traditional Muslim shadow.
These dresses are from Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq from the 19th-20th centuries. They look so much like the traditional Muslim shadow.
Much of this exhibit focused on modesty in dress, a common theme in Muslim and Jewish traditions.
Much of this exhibit focused on modesty in dress, a common theme in Muslim and Jewish traditions.
The central platform of the exhibit included dresses for women and robes for men from throughout the world worn in Jewish communities.
The central platform of the exhibit included dresses for women and robes for men from throughout the world worn in Jewish communities.
Detail of dress and robe from Morocco, early 20th century
Detail of dress and robe from Morocco, early 20th century
It's amusing to think these 19th century dresses from France were considered the height of modesty with such emphasis on the bust.
It’s amusing to think these 19th century dresses from France were considered the height of modesty with such emphasis on the bust.
Early 20th century Georgian (the country not the state) man's robe.
Early 20th century Georgian (the country not the state) man’s robe.
Detail shows silver niello (remember this from our studies of the Aegean and early Greece) and gunpowder cases.
Detail shows silver niello (remember this from our studies of the Aegean and early Greece) and gunpowder cases.
Wedding attire from Turkey, Iraq, and Uzbekistan, 19th century
Wedding attire from Turkey, Iraq, and Uzbekistan, 19th century
Children's clothing including outfits for special rituals such as circumcision
Children’s clothing including outfits for special rituals such as circumcision
A Tallit (prayer shawl) from Western Europe, 18th century
A Tallit (prayer shawl) from Western Europe, 18th century
Found in the Judean Hills, mouth appears to be smiling but the forehead is furrowed.
Found in the Judean Hills, mouth appears to be smiling but the forehead is furrowed.
This one seems to have a worried expression
This one seems to have a worried expression
Does it seem like this mask is staring back at you?
Does it seem like this mask is staring back at you? This one is made from chalk
This one is limestone, particularly liked the teeth.
These are all limestone masks, particularly liked the teeth.
One way to tell if mask was used for ceremonial purposes to to look at the back to see if there are wear marks and to see if the facial features line up.  This exhibit allowed the viewer to see both sides.
One way to tell if mask was used for ceremonial purposes to to look at the back to see if there are wear marks and to see if the facial features line up. This exhibit allowed the viewer to see both sides.
Made from chalk, meant to be placed on a ceremony pillar.
Made from chalk, meant to be placed on a ceremony pillar.
This limestone, asphalt, and pigmented mask was found in the world's oldest cultic hoard along with parts of statues, textiles, beads
This limestone, asphalt, and pigmented mask was found in the world’s oldest cultic hoard along with parts of statues, textiles, beads
This encapsulates what the show was about.
This encapsulates what the show was about.
Iranian artist living in Dubai because his own government threatens him.
Iranian artist living in Dubai because his own government threatens him.
Artist appears as figure in a chador, 2010-2011
Artist appears as figure in a chador, 2010-2011
These artists have been active in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1970s-80s.
These artists have been active in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1970s-80s.
There were a number of video works in the show and this one had the soundtrack for the song.  It is portraits of Kim Jung Il and his son Kim Jung Un of North Korea.
There were a number of video works in the show and this one had the soundtrack for the song. It is portraits of Kim Jung Il and his son Kim Jung Un of North Korea.
Those familiar with his work will recognize the changes in the video as I have included two images.
Those familiar with his work will recognize the changes in the video as I have included two images.
second image
second image
Billy clubs arranged in a Jewish star.  You might call this a work taking off from Duchamp's readymades.
Billy clubs arranged in a Jewish star. They also look like crosses. You might call this a work taking off from Duchamp’s readymades.
This was an interesting "play" on a controversial tower that GasProm the equivalent of Chevron was planning for St. Petersburg that would tower over one of the most beautiful old cities in Russia.
This was an interesting “play” on a controversial tower that GasProm the equivalent of Chevron was planning for St. Petersburg that would tower over one of the most beautiful old cities in Russia.

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Sorry about the crooked image, based on the Hyacinthe Rigaud portrait of Louis XIV but with a bag over his head!
Sorry about the crooked image, based on the Hyacinthe Rigaud portrait of Louis XIV but with a bag over his head!
Stairs leading up and down all floors of the museum
Stairs leading up and down all floors of the museum
With ladders
With ladders

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Three portraits in pastel of Meir Kahane, the controversial leader of something he called the Jewish Defense League that was racist and advocated violence against non-Jews.  He was assassinated in New York.
Three portraits in pastel of Meir Kahane, the controversial leader of something he called the Jewish Defense League that was racist and advocated violence against non-Jews. He was assassinated in New York.

Portrait of Evil 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some revile Begin and others praise his accomplishments, probably the most memorable of which was the agreement he worked out with Anwar Sadat of Egypt for which they both received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Some revile Begin and others praise his accomplishments, probably the most memorable of which was the agreement he worked out with Anwar Sadat of Egypt for which they both received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Reminder of what this museum building was before.
Reminder of what this museum building was before.
Just down the street (this is Highway One) is the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.  Truly "on the seam" right now.
Just down the street (this is Highway One) is the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Truly “on the seam” right now.

Meeting with Raphie Etgar

 

From town to kibbutz (cooperative village) and back to town

We’ve visited a number of small communities that have reminded us of home but spent the night in the guest house of a Kibbutz (cooperative community).  It was a lovely place very quiet and peaceful.  They are very good at what we like to call reduce/reuse/recycle.  You’ll see what I mean.  On the way north we stopped in a nature reserve called Ein Afek and ended up in Tzfat where we’ll be spending a few days quietly relaxing.

Tractor tires made great planters along the walkways.
Tractor tires made great planters along the walkways.
Close up of one of the planters
Close up of one of the planters
Concrete makes great trucks for the kids.
Concrete makes great trucks for the kids.
No one was quite sure how the parrots got there but they definitely are present in a large quantity.
No one was quite sure how the parrots got there but they definitely are present in a large quantity.
More parrots…parrots of Kibbutz Dalia instead of Parrots of Telegraph Hill
More parrots…parrots of Kibbutz Dalia instead of Parrots of Telegraph Hill
It's amazing no matter where you go in this country you'll find something ancient- in this case a Crusader fortress with that incongruous British guard tower from 1935 on top.
It’s amazing no matter where you go in this country you’ll find something ancient- in this case a Crusader fortress with that incongruous British guard tower from 1935 on top.
Not far from the coastal city of Haifa is this nature reserve with natural springs.
Not far from the coastal city of Haifa is this nature reserve with natural springs.
This canal in the reserve was full of carp and catfish.
This canal in the reserve was full of carp and catfish.
More birds in the trees.  Look like a cross between cormorants and ducks.
More birds in the trees. Look like a cross between cormorants and ducks.
Dalton Winery red wine barrels- the winemaker trained at Navarro Vineyards in Anderson Valley about 13 years ago.
Dalton Winery red wine barrels- the winemaker trained at Navarro Vineyards in Anderson Valley about 13 years ago.
Sunset in Tzfat on the balcony surrounded by grapevines and a great bottle of red wine!
Sunset in Tzfat on the balcony surrounded by grapevines and a great bottle of red wine!

Zichron Ya’akov: France in the center of Israel

The town of Zichron Ya’akov which now has a population of 18,000 was established as a small village in 1882 by the French Baron Edmond de Rothschild who wanted to establish Jewish settlements throughout the north of Israel.   Even then it was determined that this was an excellent wine growing region and so establishment of a small town based around winemaking became very successful.  Rothschild brought in architects and planners from France to build French style stucco houses with tile roofs, and small gardens. A number of them can still be seen in the historic center of town.  This town is the home of the Carmel Winery, which is the largest winery in Israel.  It’s the Israeli equivalent of Manischewitz though has more varieties of wines they produced.

This building that is now a bank was home of a musician from the original settlement of mostly Roumanian Jews.
This building that is now a bank was home of a musician from the original settlement of mostly Roumanian Jews.
Pedestrian Mall with many of the old houses converted to shops, galleries,  and restaurants.
Pedestrian Mall with many of the old houses converted to shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Alleys take you to galleries and small houses.
Alleys take you to galleries and small houses.
Benjamin's water fountain provided drinking water to the residents.
Benjamin’s water fountain provided drinking water to the residents.
Tishbi Winery tasting room looks like any bistro in small French villages.
Tishbi Winery tasting room looks like any bistro in small French villages.
Interior of a restaurant, very "French" bistro style.
Interior of a restaurant, very “French” bistro style.
Ohel Ya'akov the synagogue in the center of town built in 1866 to honor Rothschild's father (Ya'akov) also the name for the whole town:  Remembrance of Ya'akov
Ohel Ya’akov the synagogue in the center of town built in 1866 to honor Rothschild’s father (Ya’akov) also the name for the whole town: Remembrance of Ya’akov
Inside of Ohel Ya'akov synagogue.
Inside of Ohel Ya’akov synagogue.
A metal gate hinting at the production of wine in the region.
A metal gate hinting at the production of wine in the region.
Entrance to the winery production area.
Entrance to the winery production area.
The old entrance gate to the Carmel Winery.  This may be where tours enter.
The old entrance gate to the Carmel Winery. This may be where tours enter.

 

Katzrin: Capitol of the Golan

While Katzrin (also spelled Qatzrin) is a planned town in the Golan of about 7000 people, it has also been inhabited since the Bronze Age and there is an archaeological park well excavated and “restored.”  Restoration is always a tricky thing as sometimes it goes too far and becomes more recreation than restoration.  We saw that first hand in Myanmar and those of you in Art 1B learning a bit about this in our discussion of Tibet: Temple at Mustang.

Katzrin has an active educational program where they do demonstrations about life in the 3rd to 4th century when Katzrin was an active Jewish village that was subsequently destroyed by an earthquake and abandoned.  We visited on a day that there were no demonstrations so we did some guessing on “life” in Katzrin, especially revolving around olive oil production, something that is a major commodity produced in the Golan today.

Turning the olive press.
Turning the olive press.
You can see remnants of olives actually pressed for demonstrations.
You can see remnants of olives actually pressed for demonstrations.
Not sure exactly how this one works but can imagine.
Not sure exactly how this one works but can imagine.
Close up of stone oil "catchers"?
Close up of stone oil “catchers”?
At Jeff's feet you can see a tin bucket that actually looked like it had olive oil in it.
At Jeff’s feet you can see a tin bucket that actually looked like it had olive oil in it.
Wall painting demonstrating the oil production.
Wall painting demonstrating the oil production.
Ruins of the village, over the top of the wall to the right you can see the column tops of the synagogue and top left is the house that has the kitchen and some of the rooms recreated.
Ruins of the village, over the top of the wall to the right you can see the column tops of the synagogue and top left is the house that has the kitchen and some of the rooms recreated.
A spring still produces water.
A spring still produces water.
The oak tree you see in the background is 400 years old.
The oak tree you see in the background is 400 years old.
Interior of the synagogue.  Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are still performed here as are weddings.  Now that's a real "destination" wedding.
Interior of the synagogue. Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are still performed here as are weddings. Now that’s a real “destination” wedding.
Outside lintel of the synagogue. It has an inscription that says: this is the Beit Midrash of Rabbi Elazar the Caper (?) Maker.
Outside lintel of the synagogue. It has an inscription that says: this is the Beit Midrash of Rabbi Elazar the Caper (?) Maker.
Carved images in the ancient synagogue, one very small in the middle of the right hand side and the lower foreground.
Carved images in the ancient synagogue, one very small in the middle of the right hand side and the lower foreground.
Inside the reconstructed house- the cooking area
Inside the reconstructed house- the cooking area
Bowls and assorted pottery
Bowls and assorted pottery
Assorted tools for home and field.
Assorted tools for home and field.
Assorted clay jars
Assorted clay jars
Ladder to the bedroom.
Ladder to the bedroom.
Bedhouin house abandoned when Israel took over the Golan in 1967, reconstructed.
Bedhouin house abandoned when Israel took over the Golan in 1967, reconstructed.

 

Rosh Pina and the Golan

As I work on this posting there is a funeral going on downstairs for the head Rabbi of a Yeshiva (school) across the street from my daughter’s apartment.  A heinous attack took place in the western part of Jerusalem this morning as people were leaving morning prayers. Four were killed and nine are in the hospital.  It’s very subdued here in the city today and we have heavy hearts wondering how peace will ever come to this part of the world.

End of last week we spent some time in my favorite part of Israel, the Galilee and explored a bit of the Golan, the area bordering between Israel and Syria that became part of Israel in 1967.

Rosh Pina is a small town that was established in 1882 by 30 families from Roumania.  It reminds me of our small towns in Northern California.  In fact this is the town where Jim Klein, winemaker from Navarro Vineyards stays when he comes to the wineries of the Golan.
Rosh Pina is a small town that was established in 1882 by 30 families from Roumania. It reminds me of our small towns in Northern California. In fact this is the town where Jim Klein, winemaker from Navarro Vineyards stays when he comes to the wineries of the Golan.
Street scene in Rosh Pina.  We made this our base for exploring the area.
Street scene in Rosh Pina. We made this our base for exploring the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A restored original house in Rosh Pina, once again in stone.
A restored original house in Rosh Pina, once again in stone.
Beautiful flowers- we don't often see carnations in the ground.
Beautiful flowers- we don’t often see carnations in the ground.

 

Entrance to the Golan
Entrance to the Golan
The Jordan River- hard to imagine that this is the main water source for much of this region.
The Jordan River- hard to imagine that this is the main water source for much of this region.
Ein Zivan, one of the closest kibbutzim (collective villages) to the Syrian border.  On the left you can see a fortified building from before 1967.
Ein Zivan, one of the closest kibbutzim (collective villages) to the Syrian border. On the left you can see a fortified building from before 1967.
Pelter Winery is located at Kibbutz Ein Zivan.  These barrels are for the red wine.  The Golan is the wine growing region of the country and they produce wine for local consumption as well as for export.
Pelter Winery is located at Kibbutz Ein Zivan. These barrels are for the red wine. The Golan is the wine growing region of the country and they produce wine for local consumption as well as for export.
Tasting some of the white wines at Pelter a very small winery.
Tasting some of the white wines at Pelter a very small winery.
At the top of Mt. Bental a short drive from Ein Zivan we visited a former Syrian outpost taken by the Israelis in 1967 after a fierce battle. By looking at the direction signs you can see how close everything is in this part of the world.
At the top of Mt. Bental a short drive from Ein Zivan we visited a former Syrian outpost taken by the Israelis in 1967 after a fierce battle. By looking at the direction signs you can see how close everything is in this part of the world.
Sculptures constructed from war machinery left from previous wars.  Let's hope we can turn all war material into works of art someday!
Sculptures constructed from war machinery left from previous wars. Let’s hope we can turn all war material into works of art someday!
Looking out from the gun emplacements atop Mt. Bental looking down towards Israel and the Meditteranean.
Looking out from the gun emplacements atop Mt. Bental looking down towards Israel and the Meditteranean.
Kibbutz Merom Golan just below the mountain.
Kibbutz Merom Golan just below the mountain.
Looking towards Syria on the other side, the fields of Quneitra, the border with Syria and new Quneitra in the distance.  Quiet at the moment.
Looking towards Syria on the other side, the fields of Quneitra, the border with Syria and new Quneitra in the distance. Quiet at the moment.
Two UN peacekeepers we encountered one from Estonia and the other from Norway.
Two UN peacekeepers we encountered one from Estonia and the other from Norway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Islamic Art in the heart of Jerusalem

The Museum of Islamic Art in downtown Jerusalem was opened in 1974.  It is divided into two sections, the first a compendium of religious works and the Muslim world’s contributions to science, astronomy, medicine, and cultural riches.  The second part of the museum is historical from prehistoric times through the various civilizations of the Near East to Ottoman and Mughal art.  For those of you in my classes this semester you will recognize some of the symbols, styles, and media of Islamic art both ancient and more contemporary.  And for all, notice how this museum attempts to give context to works of art many of which are out of their normal environment.

Items for mosques from around the world.  In the center is a tiled Mirhab, prayer rugs on either side, and a lamp hanging from above.
Items for mosques from around the world. In the center is a tiled Mirhab, prayer rugs on either side, and a lamp hanging from above.
Umayyad architectural elements from palaces found mostly in Syria, Jordan, and Israel.  These come from a palace excavated near Jericho.
Umayyad architectural elements from palaces found mostly in Syria, Jordan, and Israel. These come from a palace excavated near Jericho.
My favorite piece, Quibla clock that tells one which direction to face for Mecca. This one comes from Istanbul and is dated 18th century.
My favorite piece, Quibla clock that tells one which direction to face for Mecca. This one comes from Istanbul and is dated 18th century.
Quran case from 19th century Yemen, small Qurans, and an amulet case from 16th century Iran
Quran case from 19th century Yemen, small Qurans, and an amulet case from 16th century Iran
Amulet case from Central Asia (19th century) and a small Quran case with an image of a mosque from Turkey, 19th century
Amulet case from Central Asia (19th century) and a small Quran case with an image of a mosque from Turkey, 19th century
Calligraphic pages from Iran and Turkey, 18th or 19th century
Calligraphy from Iran and Turkey, 18th or 19th century
Writing tools, 18th century Turkey including a pen holder, ink well, tiny ruler and spoon made from ivory
Writing tools, 18th century Turkey including a pen holder, ink well, tiny ruler and spoon made from ivory
Development of science and technology based on the earlier Hellenistic achievements these are glass measuring cups from the 10th century and a tooth extractor from the 17th century Iran
Development of science and technology based on the earlier Hellenistic achievements these are glass measuring cups from the 10th century and a tooth extractor from the 17th century Iran
A medicinal manuscript
A medicinal manuscript

 

 

Musical instruments from throughout the Islamic world (Morocco to Spain) and then introduced throughout Europe.  Notice the small video in the corner showing some of the instruments being played.
Musical instruments from throughout the Islamic world (Morocco to Spain) and then introduced throughout Europe. Notice the small video in the corner showing some of the instruments being played.
Chess pieces: chess has been played in the Near East for over 1000 years.  It evolved in India and reached Europe in the 7th century.
Chess pieces: chess has been played in the Near East for over 1000 years. It evolved in India and reached Europe in the 7th century.
Detail of chess pieces
Detail of chess pieces
Astrolabe (to identify East), brass and steel compasses from Iran, 12th century
Astrolabe (to identify East), brass and steel compasses from Iran, 12th century
Ceramics of the Samanid dynasty, 9th-10th century were unique in using Kufic (ornamented Quran script) as decorations around the edges.
Ceramics of the Samanid dynasty, 9th-10th century were unique in using Kufic (ornamented Quran script) as decorations around the edges.
Rectangular box from Fatimid period.  Those of you in Art 1A will be seeing a number of boxes of this type from Europe in the next couple of weeks.  It is ivory, painted with drawings from Sicily, 12th century.
Rectangular box from Fatimid period. Those of you in Art 1A will be seeing a number of boxes of this type from Europe in the next couple of weeks. It is ivory, painted with drawings from Sicily, 12th century.
This was my other favorite piece, a running rabbit figure with long ears and a pig's face, Egypt, bronze from 11th century
This was my other favorite piece, a running rabbit figure with long ears and a pig’s face, Egypt, bronze from 11th century
Sorry for the greenish cast but you can still see the beautiful elaborate decoration on this dish.  It is from Iran, early 14th century.
Sorry for the greenish cast but you can still see the beautiful elaborate decoration on this dish. It is from Iran, early 14th century.
Notice the mongol influence in the faces depicted in this work.
Notice the mongol influence in the faces depicted in this work.
19th century Yemenite jewelry: slier, filigree and granulation, coral and amber beads.
19th century Yemenite jewelry: slier, filigree and granulation, coral and amber beads.
Photograph posted next to the jewelry case showing a bride splendidly adorned.
Photograph posted next to the jewelry case showing a bride splendidly adorned.
Manuscript telling the story of the Queen of Sheba from Iran, mid 19th century
Manuscript telling the story of the Queen of Sheba from Iran, mid 19th century
Odd set of porcelain figures: sultans, moors, and   dressed in European clothing from 18th century
Odd set of porcelain figures: sultans, moors,  dressed in European clothing from 18th century- not sure of the story
Painted ostrich egg
Painted ostrich egg
Painted and lacquered ostrich egg
Painted and lacquered ostrich egg
18th century hookah
18th century hookah
Ewer and pitcher from India 18th-19th century
Ewer and pitcher from India 18th-19th century
Chest for writing utensils 11th century decorated with hunting scenes.
Chest for writing utensils 11th century decorated with hunting scenes.

A Jerusalem Neighborhood

I am in Jerusalem to meet my new grandson who was born Thursday, November 6th the day before I arrived.  My daughter and her family live in a neighborhood in Jerusalem called Sandheria, and her immediate surroundings are filled with other Americans living here without their families.  This is a neighborhood that most tourists don’t visit and since women who are married cover their heads with hats and/or wigs I’m the only gray haired one around.  Here are some images from the neighborhood and a little more afield as we’ve been taking long walks every day.

 

Balloons for the new baby.
Balloons for the new baby.
Flowers for the new mother.
Flowers for the new mother.

 

Excellent public transportation and notice that all the buildings are from the same "Jerusalem" stone.  It's hard for us in Northern California to imagine a city built almost entirely from stone.
Excellent public transportation and notice that all the buildings are from the same “Jerusalem” stone. It’s hard for us in Northern California to imagine a city built almost entirely from stone.
The busiest intersection in Jerusalem.  They coffee bar/bakery on the corner makes for good people watching and the great fresco wall mural across the street.
The busiest intersection in Jerusalem. They coffee bar/bakery on the corner makes for good people watching and the great fresco wall mural across the street.
Close up of the wall mural.
Close up of the wall mural.
The British brought cats into Palestine at the turn of the 20th century to help with the rodent problem.  They did take care of that but now are on their 9th or 10th generation of mostly scrawny and malnourished scavengers.  This one looks to be fairly well off.
The British brought cats into Palestine at the turn of the 20th century to help with the rodent problem. They did take care of that but now are on their 9th or 10th generation of mostly scrawny and malnourished scavengers. This one looks to be fairly well off.
Children go to school 6-1/2 days a week.  They are off Friday afternoons and Saturdays.  Unlike in the US one sees lots of kids out on their own going to and from school and playing outdoors.  Most people in this neighborhood do not have televisions and kids do not play video games so they jump rope, ride bikes, play ball or soccer.
Children go to school 5-1/2 days a week. They are off Friday afternoons and Saturdays. Unlike in the US one sees lots of kids out on their own going to and from school and playing outdoors. Most people in this neighborhood do not have televisions and kids do not play video games so they jump rope, ride bikes, play ball or soccer.
Right next to the bus stop is a lending library available  to anyone who would like to take one of these books.
Right next to the bus stop is a lending library available to anyone who would like to take one of these books.
Most of the men in the neighborhood where black suits and hats with white shirts.  Most of the women are also dressed in black.  It makes purchasing for a retail store much easier.
Most of the men in the neighborhood where black suits and hats with white shirts. Most of the women are also dressed in black. It makes purchasing for a retail store much easier as well as packing for a trip.

 

 

Looking out the window in Elana's (my daughter's apartment) to Ramot a recent new development on the border with East Jerusalem.  You can see how close it is.
Looking out the window in Elana’s (my daughter’s apartment) to Ramot a recent new development on the border with East Jerusalem. You can see how close it is.

 

This picture is continuous with the last one.  Where the buidlings stop is East Jerusalem, the contested area with the Palestinians who view this as their capitol.
This picture is continuous with the last one. Where the buidlings stop is East Jerusalem, the contested area with the Palestinians who view this as their capitol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picasso Museum Sleep Deprived

Obviously I’m behind on my blog posting as we have been in Israel for a week celebrating the birth of our first grandchild.  Will catch up now with blog postings hopefully every few days. On the way here we had 12 hours in Paris and although a little “sleepy” made a visit to the Picasso Museum that has reopened after several years closure to renovate and update.

From an upper floor of the museum that is housed in an old palais (palace) a quintessential view of Paris.
From an upper floor of the museum that is housed in an old palais (palace), Hotel Sale built in the 17th century.  You can see a quintessential view of Paris.
Portrait of a peasant girl painted by Picasso at age 14!
Portrait of a peasant girl painted by Picasso at age 14!
Drawing in red chalk of three women in one of the hallways.
Drawing in red chalk of three women in one of the hallways.
The chandeliers are also created by Picasso.  Sorry for the distant view but wanted you to see the setting for the work.  Different from the usual "museum" presentation.
The chandeliers are also created by Picasso. Sorry for the distant view but wanted you to see the setting for the work. Different from the usual “museum” presentation.
The other side of the second floor landing.
The other side of the second floor landing.
A conjunction between sculptural forms and painting.  Sleep deprivation kept me from including titles- sorry.
A conjunction between sculptural forms and painting. Sleep deprivation kept me from including titles- sorry. As you can see there are traditional galleries as well.
This collage occupied an entire wall- a new work to me and completely created from paper elements. Probably 8 x 10'.
This collage occupied an entire wall- a new work to me and completely created from paper elements. Probably 8 x 10′.
Picasso's interpretation of Manet's "Luncheon on the Grass".  All work arranged chronologically through his career.  This painting is from 1961.
Picasso’s interpretation of Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass”. All work arranged chronologically through his career. This painting is from 1961.
"Girl Jumping Rope" in bronze, 1950
“Girl Jumping Rope” in bronze, 1950
Bronze "Goat", 1950s
Bronze “Goat”, 1950s

 

"The Kiss", an often repeated theme in Picasso's work.  This one was unfamiliar to me and was in the same room with the Yam figure.
“The Kiss”, an often repeated theme in Picasso’s work. This one was unfamiliar to me and was in the same room with the Yam figure.
One whole gallery was dedicated to what was called in Picasso's time "primitive" art.  This work is from Papua New Guinea, a Yam Cult figure.
One whole gallery was dedicated to what was called in Picasso’s time “primitive” art. This work is from Papua New Guinea, a Yam Cult figure. Picasso collected these pieces himself.
Another studio photograph by Brassai shows Picasso's versatility.
Another studio photograph by Brassai shows Picasso’s versatility.
Brassai, Studio photograph showing the "Man and Sheep" in progress.
Brassai, Studio photograph showing the “Man and Sheep” in progress.
"Man with a Sheep", bronze from 1943, during the war years.  Much of Picasso's work at that time was anti-war and it's amazing he was left alone when so many others were persecuted for their art.  Helps to be famous!
“Man with a Sheep”, bronze from 1943, during the war years. Much of Picasso’s work at that time was anti-war and it’s amazing he was left alone when so many others were persecuted for their art. Helps to be famous!