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Exhibition 1001 characters by Yaacov Kaufman

Exhibition design 


The exhibition present more than 1000 by Yaacov Kaufman at the Ruth Youth Wing, Israel museum, Jerusalem.

The exhibition displays a vast collection of original characters; their body language is surprising and the ways in which they are connected to each other evoke a wealth of imaginary scenarios. Moving among the exhibition’s different categories offers shifts in perspectives on materials, techniques, and on relationships and scenes recognizable from our own daily lives. As we view even the most abstract figures as part of a group, our minds complete the missing elements and they emerge as fully human characters.

Kaufman studied figurative and abstract sculpture, though for years he abandoned the replication of reality in favor of abstraction and industrial design. His figurines reveal his sculptural knowledge, and are unapologetically realistic. All that we must do is fulfill his wish “to see the works through the eyes of another.”


In addition to presenting the rich world of Yaacov Kaufman’s figures, this exhibition invites the viewer into the artistic process, revealing the magic behind the creative act, and illuminating the potential hidden in every simple object.


Curated by: Daniella Shalev.Graphic design: Avihai Mizrahi and Adam Sessler Coordinated by: Lia Lahav Klein 

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