Israel stages 'extraordinary' exhibition of vibrant colour

9th Jul 2013

One of Israel's most prestigious cultural sites has just opened a new exhibition from one of the world's most extraordinary private collections of modern art.

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem's Colour Gone Wild: Fauve and Expressionist Masterworks from the Merzbacher Collection runs until November 2.

The collection is a must-see for holidaymakers on art-themed specialist tours.

The exhibition includes works by leading Fauve and Expressionist artists from the peaks in their careers, featuring paintings by Georges Braque, André Derain, Alexej Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, and Maurice Vlaminck, among others.

The collection - famous for its vibrant colours - made its public debut at the museum 15 years ago.

Now its 42 collection highlights include works acquired since then.

Two top attractions are Blooming Trees (1909) by Karl Schmidt Rottluf, and Henri Matisse's Interior at Collioure (1905).

Around a quarter of the works included in the collection have never been exhibited in Israel.

The museum's James S. Snyder called the collection "extraordinary", adding: "The works on view in Colour Gone Wild are linked by their intensity of colour and their emotional expressiveness."

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