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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Exhibition Detail
Bizarre Perfection
Ruppin Boulevard
91710 Jerusalem

December 19th, 2008 - June 13th, 2009
May 26th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kitchen , Liza LouLiza Lou, Kitchen , 1991-1995
© The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Two Women, Ron MueckRon Mueck, Two Women, 2005
© Photo courtesy of Ron Mueck, Collection Glenn Fuhrman, New York
Devil’s Work, Devil’s Work,
Canton, China, 19th century, Qing dynasty , ball, with 14 concentric balls inside
© Photo courtesy of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
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Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am – 5 pm Tues 4–9 pm Fri and holiday eves 10 am – 2 pm Sat and holidays 10 am – 5 pm
Crafts, contemporary

This exhibition is the second in a series illuminating juxtapositions among treasures from the Israel Museum collections, from throughout material cultural history. Bizarre Perfection celebrates the craftsmanship, skill, and dexterity involved in creating works of art and unique objects through long, labor-intensive processes, the result of which are objects so exquisite as to inspire amazement and even disbelief. Even in the electronic age, with its constant new technologies and innovative materials, the fascination with and appreciation of handmade creativity has endured and waxed strong. The exhibition presents many such masterpieces from the Israel Museum's collections, spanning a broad range of cultures and crossing the traditional boundaries between art and craft, as well as a number of loans of contemporary works that exemplify an extraordinary attention to detail and method. The exhibition includes works by Do-Ho Suh, Liza Lou, Ron Mueck and Tara Donovan, among others, and is curated by Suzanne Landau, Yulla and Jacques Lipchitz Chief Curator of the Arts and Landeau Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art.

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