Thursday, October 29, 2015

Types and Fonts in the Israel Museum

There are quite a few new exhibitions in the Israel Museum, and I had to choose which to see very quickly the other night. I chose the exhibit about the history of modern Hebrew types and fonts,
New Types Three Pioneers of Hebrew Graphic Design.
October 22, 2015-Location: Palevsky Design PavilionArtist: Moshe Spitzer, Franzisca Baruch, Henri FriedlaenderCurator: Ada WardiMoshe Spitzer, Franzisca Baruch, and Henri Friedlaender studied and worked in pre-World War II Germany before immigrating to Israel, where they continued to be active for decades. Their works include the emblem of the City of Jerusalem, the Hadassah typeface, and books published by Tarshish. The exhibition explores the work processes of each one of these groundbreaking designers and presents a selection of their key works.
Organized in collaboration with the German Literature Archive, Marbach, and with the support of the Goethe Institute.
Research assistance granted by the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at the Hebrew University
Henri Friedlaender
"Hadassah" typeface adapted for IBM template, early 1970s
Franzisca Baruch, sketchbook of Hebrew letters copied from ancient manuscripts
Germany, early 1920s
Library of the Schocken VerlagSchocken Publishing House, Berlin, 1933-39
Not only was it interesting and informative, but the display was exquisite. 

The Israel Museum is very child-friendly with lots of fascinating exhibits. It's the perfect place to visit in the winter, because there is so much to see. And of course after the renovations a few years ago, it is now handicapped accessible for those who need it. The restaurants offer a variety of dining options from snacks to full meals. I was there during the rain and started my visit at Mansfield with perfect mint tea and a dried fruit-nut snack to give me the energy to wander around for a few hours. Check their internet site for details.


Shira Salamone said...

I’m delighted to hear that conditions for persons with disabilities visiting the Israel Museum have improved since our visit a decade ago, when we barely avoiding falling down the black-painted stairs.

Shira Salamone said...

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Batya Medad said...

Soon after you were there the museum embarked on a major renovations changing so many things to make it safe and welcoming to all.