Beauty Extraction Project

The Beauty Extraction Project tells us about the fine arts through the fates and works of Jewish artists and consists of 12 lectures. They are dedicated to a new chapter in the history of great ideas that changed the boundaries of the perception of beauty. The program was developed by the RSJ Philanthropy Division of Federation CJA (Montreal) in collaboration with the Nadav Foundation and the ANU Museum of the Jewish People. Speakers: Andrey Borovsky (Moscow), Yulia Patrakova (Jerusalem),

An access link for each presentation will be sent before each meeting. 

Topics of the meetings:

1. What is Jewish art and who is a Jewish artist? (From Bezalel to Stasov.) October, 2021 

2. How artists discovered the Jewish world (Oppenheim, Kaufmann, Gottlieb, Pan). November, 2021 

3. “A bomb placed under the painting”. How the Impressionists changed art. December, 2021 

4. Being a Jew or an artist in Russia? (Antokolsky, Maimon, Levitan.) December, 2021 

5. A Jewish artist of the Russian seasons (Bakst). January, 2022 

6. “To die of hunger or to become famous” The School of Paris (Modigliani, Soutine, Chagall). January, 2022 

7. Seven Jerusalem by Marc Chagall. February, 2022 

8. Zionism is beautiful (Bezalel and the new Israeli art). February, 2022 

9. Covered with a square (Malevich, Lissitzky). March, 2022 

10. “The Color of Ecstasy and Tragedy” Abstract Expressionism (Rothko, Newman, Pollock). March, 2022 

11. Dadaism (from Duchamp and Man Ray to “Artists’ Village”). April, 2022 

12. “Paper Panels” (silhouettes from the shtetl to Israeli art). May, 2022