Articles in Category: Museum of Biblical Art

Museum of Biblical Art

Contemporary Book Art and Hebrew Texts: MOBIA

Written on July 28, 2013

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The “book” is a mighty big place these days and the current exhibition at MOBIA, “As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts” is no exception.  Highly mobile eBooks compete with online publications and traditionally bound volumes, scrolls, accordion-style tomes and folios that present equally exciting options for contemporary artists to interact with image and text in one unifying medium.  The 14 artists shown here take advantage of many of these possibilities to consider distinctly traditional Hebrew texts.  

Bartolo’s Sacred Narrative

Written on July 25, 2012

Adoration of the Magi (with predella) (c. 1375-1385) Tempera on panel by Bartolo di Fredi Courtesy Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena University of Virginia Art Museum and the Lindenau-Museum

The Museum of Biblical Art in New York has mounted a remarkable exhibition with Bartolo di Fredi’s 14th century masterpiece, “Adoration of the Magi.”  This small but powerful exhibition, but one of many in the 7 year history of MOBIA, is an exploration of exactly how a “painter of faith” narrates adoration.  MOBIA is the only scholarly museum celebrating art and the Bible in the United States and, while has major support from the American Bible Society, is fully independent of any denomination or religion.

Ludwig Blum’s Israel

Written on December 19, 2011

Kibbutz Degania (1934) oil on canvas by Ludwig Blum Courtesy Museum of Biblical Art

Ludwig Blum (1891 – 1974) was a deeply complex artist who walked the fine line between pure aesthetics and a radical artistic view of the Zionist enterprise. He clearly loved to paint, make beautiful images and provide aesthetic pleasure.  As a committed Zionist and part of the Third Aliyah, he celebrated his newfound homeland with a visual passion exploring all of Palestine’s unique riches.

Chagall’s Influence
Mystical Storytelling at MOBIA: Chagall and the Russian Jewish Theater at Jewish Museum

Written on December 22, 2008

Jacob Blessed by Isaac, The Bible (1957) etching by Marc Chagall Courtesy the Jewish Museum

In 1931 Marc Chagall embarked on a series of etchings of the Bible that would become a pervasive creative theme for the rest of his life.  For all of his forays into the world of myth, shtetl fable and imagination, Chagall would always return to the Bible as a fundamental means of expression.