Lectures & Courses

ESRA organises lecture series, or workshops, or courses throughout the year. Watch this space for other series or courses.
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Art Lectures and Guided Tours at TAMA

ESRA at TAMA - the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Art Lecture Series for 2016 / 2017

All lectures are accompanied by visits to new exhibitions and galleries.

8 Lectures & Guided Tours    Mondays & Thursdays: 10:00 - 12:30

NB: The Monday series will always start with the lecture, but the Thursday series could be either with the lecture or the guided tour.

Entry is with subscription card only for the same series - the days cannot be interchanged.

Cost for series of 8 lectures: NIS 540; ESRA members NIS 440
Reservations and info ESRA Raanana: 09-748 2957

Venue: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 27, Shaul Hamelech Blvd., Tel Aviv (short walk from Arlosoroff Railway Station)

14 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016

In 1948 a new group was formed. This group came as a contrast to‏ ‏other groups ‎in Israeli art, which tried to be local, patriotic and Zionist. This group would‏ ‏revolutionize Israeli art by striving to the abstract international art‏ ‏world.‎
12 Dec 2016

15 Dec 2016

Masks were and still are always interesting and mystical items – whether it be a ‎physical masking of the face and body, or the‏ ‏literary functioning as a disguise ‎or just the motive of the mask, which relates to‏ ‏the subconscious of the artist.‎‏
16 Jan 2017

19 Jan 2017


The development of art during the second half of the 20th century in the United ‎States urges a question -  How did we arrive from the art that dominated the ‎‎1950's (Abstract Expressionism) to what followed – Minimalism and Pop Art in  ‎the 1960's and Conceptual Art during the 1970's? The answer for this question ‎can be found in the work of three distinct artists – Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper ‎Johns and Cy Twombly. ‎
13 February 2017

16 February 2017

Throughout the 20th century, Art and Music walked hand in hand. The lecture ‎will see how‏ ‏different styles in art relate to similar styles in popular Music, whilst‏ ‏relating to art and music theories by Kandinsky as well.‎
16 March 2017

20 March 2017

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud are considered two of the most important artists ‎who worked in Great Britain during the second half the 20th century. Recently, ‎the works of either set world records at auction as some of the most expensive ‎works of art ever sold. Interestingly, one could never mistake Lucian Freud's ‎work for that of Francis Bacon (or vise-versa). However, these two artists knew ‎one another, admired one another and even painted one another several times. ‎The lecture introduces the lives and works of either artist and closes by ‎demonstrating the relationship between them by examining the works where ‎either artists painted his fellow artist.‎
27 April 2017

22 May 2017


Jiten Thukral and Samir Tagra are an artistic duo based in India whose ‎collaborative humoristic work is shaped by a variety of mediums: painting, ‎installation, graphic design and more. By blurring the gap between high and low, ‎as well as art and commerce, they criticize the consumer culture in the global ‎expanding atmosphere of Modern India, and question the social aspirations that ‎derive from it
25 May 2017

26 June 2017


The derogatory term "middle ages" points to a time frame lasting between the ‎beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire, to the beginning of the Renaissance. ‎Medieval art in Europe covers a vast scope of time and place, over 1000 years of ‎art. It includes major art movements and periods, national and regional art, ‎genres, revivals, the artists crafts, and the artists themselves. It is not a period ‎in Art history, but rather many periods and different styles. ‎

In this lecture we will try to understand the significance of the new genres, the ‎innovation of the styles, the ways the Christian religion influenced both art and ‎thought – and get to know some of the major masterpieces produced throughout ‎this fascinating period.‎
22 June 2017

17 July 2017
(new date)


The Romantic period in art was born as an emotional‏ ‏contrast to the serious ‎French nationalistic neo-classical style. The style,‎‏ ‏developed in England and ‎Germany, placed its emphasis on man vs. nature. This‏ ‏lecture will examine the ‎characteristics of the Romantic era and the main artists‏ ‏working in the group



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ESRA & Raanana Moadon Hazahav Lecture Series

ESRA, together with Raanana Moadon Hazahav, continues its series of weekly lectures commencing Monday 5 September 2016 and continuing through till July 2017

Venue: 'The Mishkan' Arts and Performing Centre, Palmach Street, Raanana.

Lectures cover a wide range of topics and include experienced lecturers from the fields of academia, art, music, politics, travel and more...

Weekly on Monday mornings:    First lecture      09:00 - 10:00
                                                   Coffee break    10:00 -10:30
                                                   Second lecture 10:30-11:30

Registration at the Moadon Hazahav offices, 2 Opsterland St. Raanana
Sun-Thurs 8:30-13:00 & Sun & Wed 16:00 - 18:00.
Cost per month: NIS 75 for Raanana resident, NIS 94 others. Registration fee for series NIS 25 - bring bank details and ID card.
Further information from Tami 09-761 0606 or ESRA 09-748 2957.
Entrance charge at the door (open to all):  Two lectures NIS 35; One lecture  NIS 25.

JUNE 2017

5 09:00-10:00
Naftali Hilger  ‎Meso American Cultures   
10:30-11:30 Erela Keinan MGM's Golden Era   
12  09:00-10:00 Yisca Harani Way of the Cross/Via Dolorosa -Where and When Was the ‎Way Invented?‎    
10:30-11:30 Miri Krymolowski Shark in the Museum? - Damien Hirst the Richest Artist in ‎the World   
19 09:00-10:00 Dr. Anat Gueta‎   ‎"Nili" - The Road from Glory to Disaster  
10:30-11:30 Dr. Raphael Vago Current Affairs     
26     Tel Aviv Museum of Art – no lectures at the Raanana College

JULY 2017

3 09:00-10:00 Tamar Sofer From Willendorf/Austria to Fayum/Egypt - The ‎Human Figure throughout Ancient Thought and Art     
10:30-11:30 David Nissan  Culture and Art in the Land of Iran    
10  09:00-10:00 Dr. Isaac Noy The First Political Assassination in The Yishuv  ‎ (Part 1)‎   
10:30-11:30 Dr. Isaac Noy The First Political Assassination in The Yishuv  ‎(Part 2)‎
17 09:00-10:00   Tel Aviv Museum of Art – no lectures at the Raanana College
24 09:00-10:00 Dr. Miri Krymolowski  ‏"Ai WeiWei Chinese Art‏  - ‏Art and Politics ‏ NB THIS WEEK AT YAD LEBANIM
10:30-11:30 Guy Baum A Month in the Country” - The Ballet Adaptation ‎for Ivan Turgenyev’s Play  NB THIS WEEK AT YAD LEBANIM  
31 09:00-10:00 Dr. Motti Kedar An In-depth Look at the Middle East  
10:30-11:30 Roy Horovitz ‎"Driver, Painter"‎   

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ESRA Netanya Lecture Series 2016/17

ESRA Lecture Series in Netanya    2016 - 2017 Season

Tuesdays at 10:00

The new season will open on 8 November 2016 - see full programme below   

Refreshments included. Come early or stay later and enjoy a chat and a drink

Cost per lecture: NIS 45; ESRA Members NIS 35

Venue: Yona Apartment Building, 1 Baruch Ram, corner Jabotinsky, Netanya

[The room is immediately on the right after walking up the stairs to the building - parking on Baruch Ram or Dankner Streets. There is an accessible entrance without steps through the Yona parking lot, 28 Jabotinsky.]

Contact: Ros 052-539 3274

8 Nov 2016        Eyal Offenbach From Atatürk to Erdogan – Turkey in a process of change - Part 1
22 Nov 2016    Eyal Offenbach From Atatürk to Erdogan – Turkey in a process of change- Part 2
13 Dec 2016      Nitsa Reich The Commercial Object as Sculpture
20 Dec 2016 Johny Safren Moses and Monotheism
27 Dec 2016 Erela Keinan The Synagogues as a Reflection of the Jews: Status all over the Diaspora
10 Jan 2017 Anat Gueta Louis Dembitz Brandeis…the Jewish leader that invented American Zionism
31 Jan 2017 Ellen Rosen Senor Organic Gardening
14 Feb 2017 Eyal Offenbach Saudi Arabia – Between Oil Tribes and Islam - Part 1
28 Feb 2017 Nitsa Reich Komar and Melamed - Sots Art
7 Mar 2017 Erela Keinan The Crossroads that Jews have faced in the past 200 years
21 Mar 17 Stuart Palmer The Integration of Ethnic Groups in the Israeli Society
28 Mar 17 Apelet Sopher The  Four Jewish Communities of India
25 Apr 17 Eyal Offenbach Saudi Arabia – Between Oil Tribes and Islam - Part 2
9 May 17 Ben-Dror Yemini The Role of Academics, Academic Institutions and the Media in Israel and the World in aggravating the Israeli - Arab conflict.


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