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Jerusalem: The 7th Biennale for Drawing in Israel

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The Seventh Biennale of Drawing in Israel, has established its status as a unique and comprehensive artistic enterprise since 2001. Like previous editions, Traces VII is held under the auspices of and produced by the Jerusalem Artists' House in which together with several other venues in the city center the events will take place at Ticho House, The Jerusalem Print Workshop, and Barbur Gallery.

Approximately 600 artists responded to the public appeal to participate in the Biennale, and most of the 55 participating artists were selected from among these forming a grand artistic celebration. Entrance to the Biennale exhibitions and events is FREE.

WHEN: 23 November 2019 – 15 February 2020

Chief Curator: Hadas Maor

The Jerusalem Artists' House – Opening: Saturday, 23 Nov. 2019, at 6:30 pm

Ticho House, Jerusalem Print Workshop, Barbur Gallery Opening: Saturday, 23 Nov. 2019, 7:30 pm

Credit: Khen Shish, Looking for a Beautiful Heart, 2019, Ink in paper, , photo Yotam From

Traces VII – Action Line, the Seventh Biennale of Drawing, moves away from the conventional perception of drawing as a two-dimensional linear action on paper. Instead, the exhibition seeks to manifest the power of drawing in a three-dimensional sphere, and to present works in the fields of sculpture, installation, performance and sound, that are nourished by a deep understanding of drawing while existing in a three-dimensional space. Alongside the main exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists House, the Seventh Biennale will include additional exhibitions in public gallery spaces throughout Jerusalem: Ticho House, the Jerusalem Print Workshop, and Barbur Gallery. These exhibitions will entertain mutual relations, enabling them to be read as different chapters representing a single curatorial strategy.

The exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists' House will explore the relationship between drawing and space. The exhibition will cover mainly site-specific works, with special emphasis on the performative aspect at their core.

Curator: Hadas Maor

The exhibition at the Jerusalem Print Workshop will present works that are not necessarily prints, yet carry elements and qualities that may be associated with print such as patterns and their distortion, grids, the relationship between the multiple-duplicates and the original, etc.

Curator: Irena Gordon

The exhibition at Barbur Gallery will present a range of works relating to drawing, such as cutting, gluing, and casting, performed in traditional drawing materials, sculptures which form a surface for drawing and two-dimensional works that expand to additional dimensions.

Curator: Abraham Kritzman

Ticho House will feature a one-person exhibition of artist Khen Shish, including works from several new series, mostly ink and acrylic on paper. Shish examines what lies between the random and the intended. Most of the works were created in a process of duplication and copying, reminiscent of Rorschach tests.

Curator: Timna Seligman


Sat. 23.11.2019 Performance at the exhibition opening event*, Jerusalem Artists' House

Tue. 24.12. 2019 at 7 pm Launching Traces VII catalogue, Jerusalem Artists' House

Mon. 13.1.2020 A Journey through Traces VII - Meetings with the Curators

1 pm-1:45 pm Chief Curator, Hadas Maor, Jerusalem Artists' House

2:15 pm-2:45 pm Abraham Kritzman, Barbur Gallery

2:45 pm-3:45 pm Intermission

4 pm–4:40 pm Irena Gordon, Jerusalem Print Workshop

5 pm–5:45 pm Timna Seligman, Ticho House

Thurs. 23.1.2020 at 8 pm Zvuv: sound and performance evening, Barbur Gallery

Sat. 15.2.2020 Closing event*, Jerusalem Artists' House


Jerusalem Artists' House

With the Biennale Chief Curator, Hadas Maor

Sat. 28.12.2019 at 12 noon

Tue. 21.1.2020 at 6:30 pm

Jerusalem Print Workshop

With the curator, Irena Gordon

Wed. 11.12.2019 at 7 pm

Fri. 7.2.2020 at 10 am

Barbur Gallery

With the curator, Abraham Kritzman

Fri. 20.12.2019 at 12 noon

Fri. 30.1.2020 at 7:30 pm

Ticho House

With the curator, Timna Seligman

Wed. 27.11.2019 at 7 pm

Wed. 18.12.2019 at 7 pm

Free entrance to the Biennale exhibitions and events

For event updates and further details on the participating artists check the Jerusalem Artists' House English Website

Production of the Biennale was made possible through the generous support of: The Jerusalem Foundation; The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation; Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport, Culture Administration, Visual Arts Department; Jerusalem Municipality,Department of Culture.



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