Frank Sinatra believed that “Chicago is one town that won’t let you down”. In June 2012, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem will find out exactly what he meant when the innovative exhibition opens at Sotheby’s in ChicagoThe “Bezalel on Tour” exhibition featuring contemporary art works of recent graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem will open on Wednesday, June 21, 2012, at Sotheby’s. The traveling exhibition, which made its first stop at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore earlier this year, will travel throughout North America over the next year.
This is not the first time Bezalel is partnering with Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art, for an exhibition. Last year, Sotheby’s London held a selling exhibition for the academy after curator Janice Blackburn visited Israel in 2010. After looking at student works and talking to Bezalel president, Professor Arnon Zuckerman, she felt motivated to take a selection of the best of past and present students’ works to London. After receiving rave reviews in London, Professor Zuckerman wanted to take the exhibition also to America. “This exciting collaboration with Sotheby’s befits our reputation as a world leading academy of art, design and architecture, where creativity, quality and excellence are the very essence of our history,” says Zuckerman.