This is a poster designed in 1959 by Miriam Levinger, a student of the Bezalel Art College, for Israel’s eleventh Independence Day.
Two buildings in the shape of the number 11 are at the centre of the design. The buildings are surrounded by scaffolding, showing that they are still in the process of construction. These modern buildings emerge from a depiction of traditional buildings in the style of the Old City of Jerusalem. The design represents the development of the young State of Israel into a modern and dynamic country.
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The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design - The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design was established in 1906 and named for Bezalel, the craftsman tasked with building the tabernacle (mishkan) as described in the book of Exodus. Today Bezalel is a world renowned art school with over 2,000 students. The art created by its students and faculty in the early 1900s was considered the springboard for twentieth-century Israeli visual arts.