Opened: December 20, 2016Do we see the world as it really is? Does vision truly operate as we experience it, like a camera photographing a sequence of objective actions? And does the eye reflect the world in a directand transparent manner?In the well-known story The Emperor's New Clothes, the emperor marches before his entire people without anyone commenting on his absence of clothes, until a small child declares that he is, infact, naked. The viewers were imprisoned by their blindness, as is every person observing the world. Vision itself has not, of course, changed in the course of human history. Yet its meaning - which depends on changing cultural contexts rather than on physiology - has been transformed.Different cultural contexts guide us throughout this exhibition, which examines eyeglasses and vision from a human point of view. Like many material objects, eyeglasses have a rich biography; yet more than historical facts, this biography reflects systems of communication, layers of memory, and cultural and economic changes. The history of eyeglasses is a history of culture.The Upper Gallery features five cultural milestones on the journey of eyeglasses throughout the ages. This gallery contains over 400 rare items from the collection of the optometrist Claude Samuel, which date from the 17th century to the present.
The Dr. Shulamit Katzman Gallery (the Lower Gallery) features a unique project created by Israeli designers and architects, who expand our understanding of vision and of the way we perceive the
world by asking: What are eyeglasses?
The Design Lab explores the transformation of reality by focusing on the futuristic dimension of eyeglasses. A special application enables viewers to be fitted with a virtual pair of glasses and to photograph themselves wearing them. VR glasses enable viewers to watch virtual reality films screened in collaboration with the Holon Cinematheque. Lastly, options for eyeglass RE-PAIR are explored in a workshop created in collaboration with REFORMA Eyewear.
In the Peripheral Corridor, The Aharon Feiner Eden Materials Library features the exhibition Vision Test, which explores three central elements of vision - focus, color, and distance - and offers interpretations of different challenges to vision by means of various design strategies, materials, and technologies.
These numerous perspectives, which are explored throughout the museum, come together to offer a comprehensive view of vision and eyeglasses.pq Eyewear by Ron Arad >>>
Curator: Maya DvashAssociate Curator: Hadar Gorelik
Eilon Armon Bakery DesignBARANOWITZ + KRONENBERGOhad Benit Aya Bentur Dana BenshalomOri Ben Zvi & Maya Ben David Studio BetAvraham Cornfeld Chanan de LangeTal ErezOded Ezer & Shani Dvora Dov GanchrowTal Gur Safi Hefetz Vered KaminskiYaacov Kaufman Shira Keret & Itay LaniadoGregory Larin Ariel LavianEinat Leader Pini LeibovichMagenta Neil Nenner Shay NifusiItay Noy Luka Or OTOTO Haim ParnasProducks design studio Omer PolakReddish Uri SametEitan Sharif & Sigal BaranowitzHilla Shamia Studio Galit Shvo Koby SibonyDganit Stern Schoken Ezri TaraziMichael Tsinzovsky Yasmin VinogradAnuk Yosebashvili & Yaron ShmerkinOded Webman Asaf WeinbroomAdi Zaffran Weisler Rona Zinger
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