In Jerusalem with Jacques Lipchitz

32 Minutes, 1971
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Directed by: Bella Baram
Production:Bella Baram
Photographer: Amnon Salomon
Original Music: Ben Zion Orgad
Language: English
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In the summer of 1971, sculptor Jacques Lipchitz celebrated his 80th birthday. In honour of the occasion, the Israel Museum held a retrospective showcasing highlights of the artist’s work – several of which, to this day remain on display in the museum’s sculpture garden. Lipchitz travelled to Israel to attend the celebrations where he toured Jerusalem and gave numerous interviews about his body of work. The result of those is this very film. Lipchitz, who had been active in Europe and was able to flee to the US during World War II speaks candidly on camera about his mentorship in Paris, the ways in which he grew attached to the world of art and sculpting, and his various artistic choices over the years. The film is peppered with montages of Lipchitz’s tour of Jerusalem in between interview segments (which, through the lens of time, illustrate just how much the city’s skyline has changed in just a matter of decades.) (English)

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