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Visitors to the Washington Hebrew Congregation Temple often find themselves captivated by the striking stained glass and the awe-inspiring ark on the sanctuary bima. Yet, amidst the splendor of these prominent features, there lies an artistic treasure trove that often goes unnoticed. From abstract paintings to monumental sculptures, the WHC Fine Arts Collection showcases a diverse array of artworks created by local talents and renowned artists from around the world.
Recognizing the importance of sharing the stories behind these artworks, WHC is pleased to present an updated catalog of the displayed works. This catalog can be found at three locations within the building: the Kreeger Lobby entrance, Lehrman Brides Room, and Freed Youth Wing. Additionally, the catalog is readily accessible on our website, offering visitors a virtual tour with detailed descriptions and accompanying photographs of the pieces housed in each public gallery.
Discover the inspiration behind Elbert Weinberg’s mesmerizing sculpture, The Procession, which takes center stage in the Kreeger Lobby, also serving as the congregation’s logo. Witness the evolution of Weinberg’s vision through a smaller study piece displayed next to Rabbi Shankman’s office. Immerse yourself in Rembrandt’s timeless portraits of the Jewish community in Amsterdam, unveiling the history of Jews from around the world.
Gabriel Cohen (Israeli, 1933- )Born in JerusalemNaïve artistLa destruction finale de I ‘Empire Pharoniame et le peuple d’lsrael chalom (The final destruction of the Pharaonic Empire and the people of Israel dream), 1983
Beyond the well-known names like Chagall, Calder, and Warhol, the collection invites you to unravel the mysteries of art movements and their significance. Unearth the enigmatic world of the Dadaists and immerse yourself in the wonder of naïve art. Delve into Salvador Dali’s profound exploration of Israel’s independence through his compelling series, Aliyah: The Rebirth of Israel. Every artwork holds a story waiting to be discovered, allowing visitors to expand their understanding and appreciation of the diverse artistic expressions that grace the halls of our sacred space.
Embark on a captivating journey through the Washington Hebrew Congregation Fine Arts Collection, where artistic wonders from the DMV to Druskininkai, Lithuania converge. Unveiling the stories behind each masterpiece, this collection invites all to explore the rich tapestry of Jewish history, culture, and creativity.
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