New Israel Museum Opens Today; $35,000,000 Worth of Art to Be Displayed

A total of $35,000,000 worth of art will go on display here tomorrow when the new Israel Museum opens officially in ceremonies to be attended by President Zalman Shazar and some 500 guests from abroad, including the Vice-President of Liberia, the Foreign Ministers of Uruguay and the Central African Republic, the Education Ministers of Denmark, Australia and Argentina, the Deputy Education Ministers of Poland and Iran, and the Royal Prince of Thailand.

Foreign art consignments, which have been insured for $20,000,000, have been loaned from museums and private collections in the United States, Canada, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Italy and Czechoslovakia. Rembrandt’s “Portrait of a Bearded Man” has been sent to the Israel Museum on permanent loan by Sidney Lamon, of New York.

The opening exhibition will feature Rembrandt’s etchings and drawings, works by Chagall and Lipschitz, and archaeological exhibits. A priceless collection of 100 plaster sculptures by the late Sir Jacob Epstein, which was sent to the Museum by the sculptor’s widow, has been seriously damaged in transit from London, it was learned here today.

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