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26
Jun

Excerpt from Marc Chagall and David Rubinger in Jerusalem Project

This project was born through a mix of luck, curiosity and destiny. Jerusalem Publishing Atelier was in the final stages of the printing and publishing of their Dead Sea Scrolls Prints project and I, Ram Glick, one of JPA’s founding members, was searching for additional information about the scrolls.
As I recalls: “Through a very lucky click of the mouse, I came across an old photo of one of my favorite Fine Art Masters, inspecting one of the Dead Sea Scrolls fragments. That Master was the Great Marc Chagall. Being an extremely curious person, I looked for the source of this photo, hoping to uncover what I indeed eventually found: a file with photos of Marc Chagall during his visits to Israel and the Holy City of Jerusalem. The majority of these very rare and mostly never seen before photos were depicting Chagall’s visits in the 1960’s and 1970’s while working on his Masterpieces for the Israeli Knesset and the Hadassah University Medical Center. I immediately approached Yair Medina, the owner and CEO of the JPA studio and my partner in the Dead Sea Scrolls Prints project, and Yair informed me that, not only were these photos what I thought they were, they were also taken by one of Yair’s oldest friends and a studio client, Israel’s legendary photographer, David Rubinger. So, here I was thinking to myself, is this destiny or what? The date was August 2014, and as an avid Chagall fan and follower having
given over 50 art history lectures about Chagall around the world, and having sold over 100 original Chagall prints over my art career, I vaguely remembered that Chagall passed away almost 30 years ago. Wasn’t the 30th anniversary of his death approaching? A quick look into his biography confirmed my recollection, as Chagall had indeed passed away on March 28, 1985.”
In memory of Marc Chagall and as a special 30 years commemoration of his passing, Jerusalem Publishing Atelier and Jerusalem Fine Art Prints are proud to publish, for the first time ever, a rare art collection based on the up-close and personal pictures of Marc Chagall, taken by Israel’s legendary photographer, David Rubinger, as he followed the Jewish master artist during his visits to Jerusalem during the 1960’s and 1970’s while working and completing his masterpiece for the Israeli Knesset.
This momentous offering will allow a fortunate few to become a part of this history, celebrating both Marc Chagall whose artwork needs no introduction, and David Rubinger whose award-winning photograph of the three paratroopers immortalized at the Western Wall in Jerusalem as the 1967 war came to an end, is instantly-recognizable. It is a remarkable opportunity to be part of history: the history of art, the personal history of two masters in their respective fields, and the long history of the Holy City of Jerusalem.

11
Sep
07
Sep

Happy Birthday Marc Chagall

Today, we celebrate the birthday of the Great Marc Chagall, born on this day in 1887. This year we also celebrate 30 years since Chagall’s passing and I was very fortunate to be able to commemorate this special year in history with a very special print collection depicting Chagall’s visits to Israel.

Marc Chagall’s love story with the State of Israel began in 1930, before its inception, when Ambroise Vollard, one of the most important art dealers of his time, commissioned him to undertake a series of illustrations of the Bible. Chagall first arrived in then-Palestine in February 1931 and ended up staying for two months. According to Jacob Baal-Teshuva, “he was impressed by the pioneering spirit of the people in the kibbutzim and deeply moved by the Wailing Wall and the other Holy Places”. Chagall traveled a great deal, painting and drawing in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Safed. The country left a vivid impression on him, and once back in Paris, the views and visions he had experienced in the Holy Land were echoed in many of The Bible etchings.
“I did not see the Bible, I dreamed it. Ever since early childhood, I have been
captivated by the Bible. It has always seemed to me and still seems today the greatest source of poetry of all time”, wrote Chagall.

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In 1951, the opening of large retrospective exhibitions of his works in Jerusalem,
Haifa and Tel Aviv, prompted Chagall’s second visit, and in 1957, he was again in Israel following the publication of his illustrations to the Bible.

The inauguration of his iconic 12 stained-glass windows for the synagogue of the Hebrew University’s Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem in 1962 brought Chagall to Israel once again. The stained glass windows representing the 12 Sons of Jacob from whom descended the 12 Tribes of Israel and located in the synagogue of the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centre in Ein Karem, Jerusalem, were dedicated on February 6, 1962. (Source – Israeli ministry of foreign affairs) “All the time I was working, I felt my mother and father looking over my shoulder; and behind them were Jews, millions of other vanished Jews — of yesterday and a thousand years ago,” – Marc Chagall, February 6, 1962.

חלונות מארק שאגאל צייר  ב טקס סיום התקנת חלונות ה ויטראז  ב בית הכנסת שבבית החולים הדסה עין כרם ב ירושלים  מרק שגאל בית חולים הדסה עין כרם MARC CHAGALL Painter with Mordecai Ish-Shalom At ceremony of installing the Hadassah windows Jerusalem 19620128 MORDECAI ISH-SHALOM Mayor with Marc Chagall Talking with Marc Chagall Jerusalem 19620128

 

The synagogue’s floor and walls made of warm Jerusalem stone simultaneously absorb and reflect the windows’ beauty, imbuing the entire space with an ethereal light. Standing within the simple square that forms the pedestal for the windows, gazing up at the vivid imagery, the Jewish symbols, the floating figures of animals, fish and flowers, even the most casual viewer is overwhelmed by their power and presence. “This is my modest gift to the Jewish people who have always dreamt of biblical love, friendship and of peace among all peoples. This is my gift to that people which lived here thousands of years ago among the other Semitic people.” Marc Chagall, February 6, 1962

25
Aug

Two Legends and Their Iconic Mark on the History of Jerusalem

This is the story of two legends and their momentous mark on the history of Jerusalem and Jewish people worldwide. This is the journey of two Jewish legends that were born into, fought through and survived the first half of the 20 century, just to meet, in the newly created State of Israel, where each one of these “giants” man, made their mark.

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One, Chagall, masterfully used his brush strokes, vivid imagination, irreplaceable modern style and the inspiration of the story of the Hebrews and the Jews to create an art collection and art creation like no other like it in Jerusalem and Israel.

The other, Rubinger, who used his camera, his instincts, his passion and his dedication to captured many of Israel’s greatest moments and people, including the instantly-recognizable photo of three Israeli paratroopers after the recapture of the Western Wall in the Six-Day War has become a defining image in the history of Israel and the Jewish nation.

Marc Chagall (1887–1985) whom art critic Robert Hughes referred to as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century”, began his love story with the State of Israel in 1930, before its inception, when Ambroise Vollard, one of the most important art dealers of his time, commissioned him to undertake a series of illustrations of the Bible. This was the first of several visits to Jerusalem, highlighted by Chagall’s masterful creation to the Hadassah’s and the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset. “This is my modest gift to the Jewish people who have always dreamt of biblical love, friendship and of peace among all peoples. This is my gift to that people which lived here thousands of years ago among the other Semitic people.” Marc Chagall, February 6, 1962.

Rubinger

David’s Rubinger (born in 1924 in Vienna, Austria), who spent his early adult years fighting during the Second World War, is a legend of his own, in Israel and around the world. Shimon Peres called Rubinger “the photographer of the Nation-in-the-Making”. A Time–Life’s primary photographer for the region, Rubinger was also awarded the” Israel Prize” in communications — photography, becoming the first photographer to receive the award. David is not just a legend. David is part of history, the history of the State of Israel, from its inception till today, as he captures the heart and history of the people of Israel through his eyes and camera lenses.

Visiting David’s home in the heart of the Holy City can best be described as “going back in time” (Click for a video inside David’s Studio). David’s home is a combination of a museum, a shrine, and an archive of the past 60 years of the Holy Land. The walls are completely covered – with almost no space in between – by photos he has taken documenting some of the most defining events in the short history of the State of Israel, as well as no-less-powerful images of the important, yet “simple” people, who are interwoven into this rich fabric of history. Click to read more about David

מארק שאגאל צייר אמן ב טקס הסרת הלוט מעל שטיחי  ה גובלן של שאגאל ב כנסת ב נוכחות שרים ו חברי כנסת שטיחי קיר ציירים  אמן  אמנים ZALMAN SHAZAR President with CHAGALL,MARC; MEIR,G. Chagall Tapestries Unveiling Knesset 19690618  מארק שגאל מרק שאגל

This is the story of two legends and their momentous mark on the history of Jerusalem and Jewish people worldwide. This is the journey of two Jewish legends that were born into, fought through and survived the first half of the 20 century, just to meet, in the newly created State of Israel, where each one of these “giants” man, made their mark.

This project is about the interwoven destinies of these two legends, and the simple, yet, powerful and emotional moments they shared, on several occasions, while each one of them was “preforming his art”. Click to read more about the project

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