Our Art and Culture in Israel: Off the Beaten Path itinerary takes us on an exploration of art in Northern Israel; among other interesting places we’ll visit the Ein Hod artist colony. A communal settlement and artists’ village at the foot of Mount Carmel and overlooking the Mediterranean coast, Ein Hod boasts residents who are engaged in all areas of art from painting, pottery and jewelry-making, to literature and theater. The village is quite impressive in that many artists support themselves with their art — in addition to selling their work many run workshops and educational activities.
Ein Hod became an artists’ colony in 1953. The driving spirit behind the project was Marcel Janco, an acclaimed Dada artist, who kept the village from being demolished by the security forces and convinced the government to let him build an artists’ colony there. Janco, born in Bucharest, Romania, was one of the founders of the Dada movement, established in 1916 at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland, by a group of exiled poets, painters and philosophers who were opposed to war, aggression and the changing world culture. In 1922, Janco returned to Romania, where he gained fame as a painter and architect. In 1941, fleeing the Nazis, he moved to what became Israel, and was one of the founders of the New Horizons Group (1948). He was awarded the Israel Prize in 1967. The Janco-Dada Museum, which opened in 1983, features Janco’s work and explores the history of the Dada movement. Museums, art galleries, and artist studios abound and we’ll have scheduled visits as well as free time to independently explore many of them.