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Jewish Art & Life

The Israel Museum's recent renewal was launched to unify and enhance the visitor's experience throughout its 600,000 sq. ft facility, which has grown tenfold since its founding, and across its 20-acre campus.

On July 25th 2010, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, inaugurated its renewed campus.

This represented the most comprehensive renovation and expansion in its forty-five year history, as well as the largest capital undertaking for a cultural institution in Israel's history. The Museum's new Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life is a focal point within the vast cultural landscape presented in the new galleries. Situated between the archaeology of the ancient Land of Israel and the fine arts of the Western and non-Western worlds, this wing places Jewish culture centrally within a world context, merging sacred and secular practices and Western and non-Western traditions. Designed by Israeli exhibition designer Chanan de Lange, the project called for simple detailing to showcase objects of ritual and daily use that exemplified the most beautiful and meaningful of their kind. The Museum called upon ClickNetherfield to realise de Lange's design, calling for over 250 custom designed showcases to be developed, presented in prototype, manufactured and installed within the project's notably tight time-frame. The end result is a display system that subordinates to the priority of the objects themselves, while also creating a setting of simple beauty; filling a sequence of new galleries with design, fabrication, and lighting solutions that could not complement the works on display with greater elegance or grace.

"ClickNetherfield was and remains an integral part of our project team, helping us to achieve a transformational result at the highest international standard and working with us in an exemplary and successfully collaborative way."

James Snyder, Director of the Israel Museum

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What's Inside

Museum

The Israel Museum

Date

June 2010

Designer

Chanan de Lange

Unique Features

A wonderful display of 77 wall cases displaying a fantastic collection of Chanukah lamps