Museum on the Seam is a socio-political contemporary art museum, located on the geographic seam line between East and West of Jerusalem, in the meeting point of the three religions.
The Museum, in its unique way, presents art as a language with no boundaries in order to raise diverse social issues for public discussion and bridge the gaps.
The changing exhibitions in the Museum deal with social issues such as: environment and sustainability, the consequences of capitalism, questions of public conscience, the individual's solitude in the technological age, gender violence, and the relations between men and animals.
The Museum is situated in a neoclassical building that was built in 1932 by the Baramki family. Over the years Jerusalem was divided (1948-1967), the building served as an Israeli army outpost on the border between Israel and Jordan, alongside the Mandelbaum Gate that connected east and west of the city.
The conversion of the Turjeman Post into a museum depicting the history of Jerusalem as a divided city, took place in 1983, through the initiative of then Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek (1911-2007), the Jerusalem Foundation, and Georg von Holzbrinck of Germany (1909-1983), who believed in human liberty and equality.
In 1999, the Curator and Art Director of the Museum, Raphie Etgar, with the ongoing generous support of the von Holzbrinck family, developed the Museum into an institution dedicated to dialogue, understanding and coexistence, and in 2005 into the first socio-political museum in Israel for contemporary art, promoting equality, human rights and diversity.
Located only five minutes' walk from the Haredi neighborhood, Mea Shearim, and the Old City, the Museum's rooftop holds one of Jerusalem's most magnificent views, a coffee shop, art books and the Jerusalemite atmosphere.
PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID RUBINGER / 1957