When the Israel Museum reveals its newly renovated campus in July 2010, it will display a curious (and extreme) blend of Renaissance and modernism.
The museum will feature two large-scale, site-specific works by Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor and Danish installation artist Olafur Eliasson, as part of the site’s $100 million architectural reconfiguration. And, for the occasion, the museum will receive — on extended loan from New York benefactors — an illuminated manuscript by a scribe called Nehemia of the final eight books of the Mishneh Torah (originally written by Maimonides in the 12th century). The manuscripts — the first volume is at Rome’s Vatican Library — will sit in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life.
The Kapoor and Eliasson installations increase the museum’s holdings of both artists and extend the sculpture into the heart of the new axis of entry. The museum, perhaps more famous as the home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, also has a beloved sculpture garden containing numerous iconic works.
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