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Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection at The Magnes

Largest single monetary gift to acquire art in UC Berkeley history brings work of major 20th  century artist to campus

BERKELEY -- The extensive body of work of an artist and illustrator whose subjects spanned some of the most profound events of the 20th century will be available to the world in a public institution for the first time, thanks to a $10.1 million gift from Bay Area-based Taube Philanthropies to The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley. The Taube grant is the largest single monetary gift to acquire art in the history of the campus. 

This gift provides students, scholars, and the public access to the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk, a Polish Jewish artist and political caricaturist who ultimately settled in the United States in 1940. Szyk used motifs drawn from the Bible, history, politics, and culture to pair extraordinary craftsmanship with insightful commentary on a diverse range of subjects including Judaism, the founding of the State of Israel, the American War of Independence, World War II, and the Holocaust.

What is The Magnes? Launch Campaign 2012

The staff of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life collaborated with The Hive Advertising in San Francisco to create an ad campaign for the launch of its new facility in 2012.

Many images of the holdings of The Magnes Collection were included in the ads, in thought-provoking juxtapositions that accompany newly created taglines which highlight the innovative elements of the new Magnes facility and program at UC Berkeley.

Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore – 04.05.2005

Berkeley, CA – Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore is the first exhibition to examine the work of Claude Cahun (born Lucy Schwob) in the context of her lifelong partnership and collaboration with Marcel Moore (born Suzanne Malherbe). The philosophical, political, and aesthetic implications of these artists' partnership permeate everything produced by the couple.

The People and the Book – 01.03.2005

Paintings and rare books from the Magnes collections on view January 24 through July 3, 2005 

Berkeley, CA – As part of the Judah L. Magnes' effort to highlight the encyclopedic nature of the museum's holdings, the Magnes is please to announce the opening on January 24 of The People and The Book: Paintings and Rare Books from the Museum's Collection. Works dating from the 19th to the 20th century depict scholars and common folk, traditional and secular figures, solemn and humorous characters, men, women and children. All are people of the book. 

@60.art.israel.world: Recent Art from Israel at the Magnes – 02.05.2008

Berkeley CA – The Magnes presents @60.art.israel.world, a survey of recent work by over 20 contemporary Israeli artists, including Barry Frydlender, Ori Gersht, Sigalit Landau, Adi Nes, Michal Rovner, and Yehudit Sasportas.

On loan from important private Bay Area collections, the paintings, photographs, and media art in the exhibition demonstrate the progressive and international scope of Israeli art today.