The Ethnographic Department, 2015

Mamuta at Hansen | Artists: Yeshaiau Raboinowitz, Itamar Mendes-Flohr, Sala-manca, Ktura Manor, Ester Bires, Amitai Arnon,  Nir Yaalom, Adi Kaplan, Shahar Carmel, Hanan Abu-Hussein, Samuel Rotman |  Curators: Sala-manca

Opening Hours: Monday and Thursday 10-15, Wednesday 17-21 and Fridays 9-12

1557326_998109410202484_5893531121619689955_oThe Ethnographic Department addresses the link between an art museum and an ethnographic museum, between “fine” art and “folk” art, and the tension that exists between original, restoration, copy and adaptation. All of these are aspects central to the curatorial thinking that has guided the Museum of the Contemporary since its onset.
The Museum was founded in December 2009 at the Mamuta Center in Ein Kerem, in the home of  Daniela Passal, formerly the home of Palestinian researcher Issa Manun and in the interim “absentee property”. 10911525_998108723535886_2357073617135420189_oThe first exhibition dealt with the museum as an institution, with the topography of Israeli memory, with the local historiography of the village Ein Karem and and with the home of the museum – the home of Daniela Passal. The Museum also developed a digital storage room of exhibitions which are not viewable on the net but are offered for downloading – each exhibition as a “package” for printing, exhibiting or re-installing – according to the physical and economic possibilities of the downloading body.

10801749_998109196869172_2761724923139541923_nThe Ethnographic Department also deals in part with the history of the structure in which it dwells. This is the Leprosarium Jesus Hilfe , founded as an isolatedrefuge for leprosy patients.


It was created by the German-Protestant Moravian community in 1867 and operated for twenty years in a building on today’s Agron Street, Jerusalem. In 1887 the institute moved to a new building in the Talbiya neighborhood of Jerusalem, planned by Konrad Shick. 10924686_998109270202498_2702693099809644315_n 10838189_998109310202494_4848023362611767216_o     905900_998108643535894_2037612605803309353_o


 Yaad Biran, From Ansky to Kanaan (in hebrew)