Thursday, July 08, 2021

What's on at the Israel Museum

EXHIBITIONS: Divine edibles, rare drawings, magical music: All at the Israel Museum. There is too much going on there to cover everything in a single article, but here are a few highlights and you can check the website for a complete listing of all that is available this summer (Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post).

I thought this "divine edibles" exhibition was going to be on cannabis at ancient Arad. But the Arad temple used cannabis as incense (mixed with dung!), not as an edible, so that doesn't work. It turns out to be about "a look at the portrayal of maize, cacao, and maguey (agave, a sweetener also used to make tequila) in artworks ranging from pre-Columbian to contemporary art."

The exhibition on the magical use of the Shema sounds interesting.

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