The age-old appeal of the world of plants takes on a special meaning in Israeli art, where artists grapple with the significance of local flora as symbols of cultural and national identity. The exhibition examines traditional scientific botanical drawings and their evolution in the works of contemporary Israeli artists, who engage with their predecessors and present their personal perspectives on the subject matter – at times political and critical, at times allegorical, and at times revealing a yearning for nature steeped in fear for its fate and for our own.

The exhibition is a joint project of Da'at HaMakom: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Artists: Larry Abramson, Jacob Eisenberg, Irene Blecher, Hadar Gad, Nurit Gur Lavy (Karni), Pesi Girsch, Uri Gershuni, Moshe Gershuni, Ori Gersht, Simon Heijdens, Aharon Halevy, Shulamith Wittenberg Miller, Eliezer Sonnenschein, Shmuel Charuvi, Esther Cohen, Harel Luz, Ella Littwitz, Sharon Poliakine, Sigal Tsabari, Ruth Koppel, Esther Knobel, Dafna Kaffeman, Reuven Rubin, Sylvie Yearit Sheftel, Keren Taggar.