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Jewelry Making: Past & Present, The Museum for Islamic Art

A dialogue between the museum’s permanent collection and the contemporary interpretations by 45 artists & Jewlers
The Museum for Islamic Art presents, Jewelry Making: Past & Present, a new exhibition which explores artistic and cultural dialogues between the three monotheistic religions prominent in Jerusalem - Islam, Judaism and Christianity. From the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition displays a rich view of Islamic Jewlery and Artefacts dating back from the 7th century as well as the contemporary interpretations by 45 Israeli artists and jewellers. Expanding on the dialogue between past and present, each artist delved into the history of jewelry from concepts that deal with generation, tradition and heritage to draw unique inspiration for their designs while giving new social and political contexts through art. For example, Artist Rill Greenfeld took a Moroccan fertility amulet dated from the 19th century and used it as inspiration for a contemporary fertility amulet which utilizes birth control pills in its design and purpose.
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Jewelry Making: Past & Present is a manifestation of the Museum’s mission to act as a cultural bridge and create dialogue between the different religions present in Jerusalem. The exhibition takes this idea further by giving a contemporary outlook on issues and ideas that have been and continue to be, an integral part of religious and social life.” says Nadim Sheiban, Director of The Museum for Islamic Art. “The museum is thrilled to present this opportunity to expose visitors to the art and culture of the past, while also presenting them with a contemporary response from local artists.” 
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Pectoral Cross. Portugal - 1825 Silver stones & diamonds
Also part of the exhibition, is a collection of ecclesiastical metalwork from the Franciscan Order which dates back from the 16th to 19th century is exhibited for the first time to the public. These sacred metal objects have been accumulated throughout the centuries from the Mediterranean Christian nations, who regularly sent money and goods to assist the Franciscans charged with looking after the sanctuaries in the holy land.
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The exhibition will be open until 16th November 2019.
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