Good Night – Exhibition Opens in the Israel Museum Youth Wing

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Clement Hurd, illustration from Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown/Photo courtesy of the Israel Museum

Good Night – a new exhibition centered on sleep rituals and the transition from day to night, will open to the public on Friday, March 30, 2012,  in the Youth Wing of the Israel Museum. Kobi Ben Meir, Nordmann Family Associate Curator in the Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education, has created an experience of sights, sounds, sensation and associations with works by contemporary Israeli and international artists, objects from the museum’s collection of Jewish world culture, archaeology and illustrated books, and works commissioned expressly for the exhibition.

Good Night includes works by Darren Almond, Jonas Dahlberg, Claire Fontaine, and Mariana Vassileva. Among the works created for the exhibition are Alma’s Blanket by Julianne Swartz – an electronic blanket based on the dimension’s of a blanket belonging to the artist’s daughter Alma, that murmurs words of comfort in English, Hebrew and Arabic; Lullaby by Hadassa Goldvicht and Anat Vovnoboi – a video featuring museum visitors and staff singing the lullabies recalled from their childhood; and The Bed’s Dream by Dena Shenhav – a foam recreation of a child’s bedroom.

Interactive installations include the “Goodnight Moon Room,” transforming the classic bedtime story by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrator Clement Hurd into an immersive environment.

The Passover holidays are an excellent time to enjoy the exhibition, with free admission for children April 7 – 14, 2012, and free admission for all on Hag Sheni Eve, April 12, 2012. Additional information and complete opening hours are available in English on the museum website. The exhibition will remain open through January 31, 2013.

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