Art in Zion deals with the link between art and national ideology and specifically between the artistic activity that emerged in Jewish Palestine in the first decades of the twentieth century and the Zionist movement. In order to examine the development of national art in Jewish Palestine, the book focuses on direct and indirect expressions of Zionist ideology in the artistic activity in the yishuv (the Jewish community in Palestine). In particular, the book explores two major phases in the early development of Jewish art in Palestine: the activity of the Bezalel School of Art and Crafts, and the emergence during the 1920s of a group of artists known as the Modernists.

chapter |7 pages


part |2 pages

PART I Bezalel Institute and the myth of origin of Israeli art

chapter 1|8 pages

Ideological background

chapter 2|8 pages

Boris Schatz, founder of Bezalel

chapter 3|14 pages

The Bezalel Institute

chapter 4|29 pages

The iconography of Bezalel art

part |2 pages

PART II Art for the nation: the work of Reuven Rubin

chapter 6|14 pages

Beginnings in Romania

chapter 7|18 pages

Rubin in Palestine

part |2 pages

PART III The Modernists of the 1920s