“The National Library is the scholarly Western Wall, a place of genuine diversity — not a place of worship, but of shared curiosity.”
The Valmadonna Trust Library, which includes over 10,000 books and manuscripts, has been sold by Sotheby’s to the National Library of Israel.
12 artists have been asked to create new works at the National Library of Israel. Ofri Cnaani is using the writings of the iconoclastic Ilse Lasker-Schuler as inspiration.
In the coming days, after contracts have been duly signed, architect Rafi Segal will be formally declared the winner of an international competition to design a new National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, near the Knesset and the Israel Museum. Segal, who was born in Tel Aviv in 1967, is contractually unable to speak in detail about the new project. Nevertheless, he spoke to the Forward from his home in Princeton, N.J., and discussed how he defines his role as architect and how he sees the future of building in Israel.
Crossposted from Haaretz