The Architecture of the Shrine of the Book

April 20, 2015-December 31, 2015

Location: Shrine of the Book

Artist: Frederick Kiesler and Armand Bartos

Curator: Osnat Sirkin, Judith Caplan

Marking the Shrine of the Book’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition is devoted to the design of the Shrine itself – an icon of modernist architecture – and to its architects, Frederick Kiesler and Armand Bartos. On display are preliminary sketches of the Shrine by Kiesler, shown to the public for the first time, as well as examples of his “correalistic” furniture that illustrate his distinctive approach to design and architecture. The exhibition also features photographs documenting the Shrine’s building process and its early years, when  it served as a site of pilgrimage to photographers and to the public at large.

David Harris
Architects Kiesler and Bartos, 1965
Gelatin silver print
Israel Museum Collection

Alfred Bernheim
The shrine of the book under Construction, 1962-5
Gelatin silver print
Acquired through the generosity of Warner Communications, New York

Alfred Bernheim
The shrine of the book , 1962-5
Gelatin silver print
Acquired through the generosity of Warner Communications, New York

Arnold Newman
Shrine of the Book, 1965
Gelatin silver print
Israel Museum Collection