MANÉ-KATZ MUSEUM, Haifa
Yotam Yakir, General Director, Haifa Museums
The Mané-Katz Museum was opened in 1977 in the home of the artist, where he lived and worked during the last years of his life. It is located on Panorama Road with a magnificent view of Haifa Bay.
Mané-Katz was an important member of the School of Paris (Ecolé de Paris) - a group of young artists from Eastern and Central Europe who arrived in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. They changed the face of art in France between the two world wars, participating in the avant-garde and taking a prominent role in the establishment of Paris as the capital of the art world.
Mané-Katz saw himself as a citizen of the world and was constantly travelling; there is almost no country that he did not visit in order to paint and/or exhibit there. The Museum's collection includes hundreds of Mané-Katz's paintings - oils and gouaches, pastels and drawings, and sculptures. There are items of antique furniture, carpets, statuettes, ceramic toys from Eastern Europe, bronze figurines from the Far East, among others. The collection of Jewish religious and ceremonial articles is rich and unique, and includes menorahs, Torah salvers, crowns and pomegranates, coverings for the Ark of the Law, and texts.
Temporary exhibitions at the Museum deal with aspects of art history, with the focus on modern art, in order to give a general picture of the world of culture and expression, and of various events as related to the works of Mané-Katz. They also integrate interdisciplinary subjects such as art, literature, music, philosophy, ethnology and history. The framework of the displays compares Mané-Katz’s works with those of other contemporary artists in Israel and elsewhere, creating an inter-period dialogue and consensus.
The Mané-Katz Museum was integrated in the Haifa Museums complex in 2010. In November of the same year Haifa Municipality repaired and refurbished the building. New offices have been constructed, as well as a museum shop and a café that looks out over the glorious view.