Tower of David Days

Fall 1991

The First Culture War in Palestine

The exhibition “Tower of David Days” reviewed a fascinating period in the history of the Citadel (1921-1932), when it became a center of cultural revival and where Jews, Arabs and Christians encountered local cultural activity. At that time, the Tower of David produced exhibitions which were considered the most prestigious and important in Palestine. They uncovered battles between different artistic languages for the right to articulate a loaded chapter in the region’s history. Their pluralistic nature allowed for a wide range of expression. The exhibitions reflected the history of local art, including the “changing of the guards” which occurred throughout, and expressed the first culture war in Palestine.

The first Tower of David exhibition was held in April 1921. It was initiated by the Pro Jerusalem Society, a company which acted on behalf of the British government and whose objectives were to protect Jerusalem’s cultural assets and improve the lives of its inhabitants. The exhibition presented hundreds of works of art by local and foreign artists and exceeded any other event in the country both in prestige and in scale. It became one of the symbols of the revival of the Jewish people in their homeland.

Among the dozens of artists whose work was shown in the Tower of David Days exhibition which marked 70 years since the opening of the first exhibition: Nahum Gutman, Arie Lubin, Boris Schatz, Reuven Rubin and many others.

Exhibition Curator: Yigal Zalmona, Chief Curator of the Arts and Curator of the Department of Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Exhibition Catalogue

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    Tower of David Days

    Available in Hebrew, English
    80 pages
    29 cm. x 29 cm.

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