What's in the Gallery?
In the University Gallery various changing theme exhibitions are displayed. These exhibitions commune in their research and didactic manner and are accompanied by a catalogue which includes academic articles. The exhibitions deal with selected issues of art history with a focus on modern art history in general and Israeli art in particular.In addition there are exhibitions that focus on interdisciplinary subjects, in particular on the relationship between art and Humanities and Natural Science.
The Gallery's and the Michel-Kikoine Foundation's exhibitions allow the faculty's art researchers in particular and the university's researchers in general an additional platform to reveal the fruits of their researches, whether as guest curators and whether by publishing their articles in the exhibition's catalogue.
In addition, the gallery hosts professional curators from across the country as well as from abroad. Also, the Gallery and the Michel-Kikoine Foundation serve as a research lab for students of the Department of Art History. The opportunity given to the students, to stand as an inseparable part of the study process, face to face with original artworks and to research them directly – opens before them new horizons and allows a more precise observation as well as an experience of learning from an original source. The significance of these in the field of art history instruction is invaluable.
The gallery also serves as a platform for display of permanent collections, belonging both to the university and to the gallery itself. In this context, the gallery displayed outside-sculptures belonging to the university, as well as Marcel Duchamp' artwork collection (gifted by Arthuro Schwartz from Italy), Marc Chagall's lithographs illustrating the story of exodus from Egypt (gifted by Dr. David and Dorothy Levinson from the United-States) and a collection of American prints from the 60's and 70's (donated by Vivian Bergman from the United-States). All three of these collections belong to the University gallery. Displaying these collections in the university library promotes their cataloguing, documentation, preservation and research.
The university gallery also constitutes as the abode of the Studies for a Certificate in Museology which were also founded by the late Prof. Mordechai Omer. Their aim is to prepare curators to working in museums, promote the skills of the museum's curator and develop them, as well as providing a professional and theoretical foundation to the workers of the museum. The studies provide museological thought principles that can be applied in museums involved with the different fields of cultures and sciences, such as art, archeology, history, Judaica, exact sciences, life sciences and other.
So far fourteen classes completed their studies. The first three classes studied via the school of education and the institute of archeology. In 1989 these studies have been recognized as certificate studies, and today take place in the university gallery.