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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.
Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students, visiting artists and other notable guests will present brief lectures focused on selected treasures from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. One speaker and one object at a time, these “flash” exhibitions will include the opportunity to view the art and artifacts discussed intimately and up close.
Learn all about the collection items, research, and public programs and exhibitions at The Magnes in our fall 2016 newsletter,
Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive -- which stores a selection of audiovisual materials from The Magnes Collection, joined Curator Francesco Spagnolo and colleagues from the Digital Humanities community at UC Berkeley for a "behind the scenes" tour.
360-degree image created by Professor Greg Niemeyer, Director, Berkeley Center for New Media: