New Tower of David Exhibit 'Designed' for Animation Fans

Calling all animation fans! A new exhibit "Jerusalem for Four Hands: The Animated Films of Emanuele Luzzati and Giulio Gianini," at the Tower of David, a museum in Jerusalem's Old City supported by the Jerusalem Foundation, is made for you.


For the past 20 years, visitors to the museum have been treated to a short animated film by Italian artists/animators Emanuele Luzzati and Giulio Gianini that tells the story of Jerusalem through the ages. It uses images borrowed from the art of each historical period to illustrate the flow of events in the city. Using movement, color, tempo and plenty of humor, the filmmakers have created a rich, multicolored world where the imagination is set free and everything seems possible.


In the Tower of David film, for example, the feel of the early Canaanite period is conveyed through moving figures that mimic the sculpture of that period, while the Crusaders look and move like figures from paintings created in the Middle Ages.


The exhibit, which opened in late December and is set to close in May, takesvisitors behind the scenes of the making of this film and also shows the techniques and artistic process used by Luzati and Gianini. Vision boards, with collections of artwork that inspired their Jerusalem film, are on display. Viewers can then follow the process of collage, drawing and animation that went into the film, and compare the Jerusalem film to other pieces created by the duo.


Film viewing stations are set up for viewing the artists' body of work. Kids and adults alike will enjoy short films like "Concerto for a Cat," which pairs hilarious feline characters with a soundtrack of classical meowing.


Admission to the exhibit is free with admission to the Tower of David. Families will also want to wander around the ancient building that houses the museum and learn about the history of Jerusalem. A lookout point at the top of the Tower provides one of the best views of the city.


To learn more about the exhibit including opening hours, click here.