It's Donkey Time
The Donkey in Local Culture

March 2 - June 13 2015

The donkey lived here long before we did, and will be here long after we're gone. His chronicles as a local symbol have known ups and downs, just like us – who have suffered cultural shocks in the man-time-place relationship, and will continue doing so.
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  Boaz Arad, Donkey, 2014
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The Negev Museum of Art

The Negev Museum of Art is located in the Old City of Beer Sheva, in a charming historic building that was used in the past as home to the Turkish governor, during the Ottoman reign in Israel.
The structure was built in 1906 next to the grand mosque and other governmental buildings.
During the British mandate the building was used as home to the appointed district officer, and later as a girls' school. After the declaration of Independence, the building served as the city's municipality building, and was later transformed into The Negev Museum of Art, as part of the Archeology Museum compound. In 2004, an extensive renovation was completed, which included the addition of an elevator and modification of the inner spaces to modern museum presentation standards, and it is now declared as a preserved historic building. The museum contains three galleries displaying temporary exhibitions, and a vast entrance yard. Visitors can enjoy temporary exhibitions and live concerts during the summer.


We are deeply sorry to announce that the important and influential artist Menashe Kadishman (1932-2015) passed away on May 8th. This is a great loss to Israeli culture and to international art.
The Negev Museum of Art had the honor of showing an exhibition of his works in 2011. Following this exhibition the artist kindly donated his large scale sculpture 'Horses' to the city of Be'er Sheva, located near by the Negev Museum of Art.
At present his sculpture 'Donkey' (2003) is displayed as part of the exhibition 'It's Donkey Time'.


Guided tours at the exhibition will be held every Wednesdays at 5 pm and Saturdays at 11 am



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