Menahem Ben Ari Berman
 

Born, lives and works in Jerusalem.

Graduate of Achei Tmimim Chabad Yeshiva, Tel Aviv, and of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.
At the Academy he studied under David Gumbel and Ludwig Wolpert, acting also as their assistant. After graduation he worked together with Ludwig Wolpert for a number of years, both in instruction and creative work.
When Wolpert left Bezalel, Berman was offered his position and introduced a new and modern era in the Department of Silverware and Judaica Design, which he directed for the next ten years.
In addition Berman engaged in industrial design such as “Silver Flow”, a set of silver flatware for the prestigious European Rosenthal Studio Line. Silver Flow Flatware.

He was awarded the top prize at the international design competition for sterling silver flatware organized by the American Crafts Council sponsored by the International Silver Company, Top Prize winning design
and in graphic design such as a poster for the 25th Zionist Congress, which won first prize.
Parallel to these activities, since 1953 when he started his own studio in Jerusalem, Berman has devoted himself to Judaica with his own special approach, opening up new ways, in which many artists followed him.

His ideas are deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and its sources, and in the application of his ideas he does not allow any compromise in the perfection of the design and execution, never deviating from the ultimate function of the object. Thus, his work preserves meticulously the interaction of idea and its purpose with unfettered and advanced ways of execution.
This was first demonstrated in the Torah Ornaments “Jacob’s Ladder”, the first Torah Crown that merged idea and function and was designed and made in a new and original manner already in 1955. Jacob’s Ladder.


An example of the use of advanced technology in the application of an idea in a massage bearing Eternal Light is “With All Thine Heart”, specially designed and made for the 1985 Nerot Mitzvah Exhibition at the Israel Museum.
It is made of six programmed laser beams that form continuously the Star of David in the rhythm of the heart bit, and is based on the idea of the copper serpent in the Wilderness as thought in the Mishnah, – Judaica linking the ancient with the modern

"With All Thine Heart"

Setting up "With All Thine Heart" in the "Nerot Mitzva" exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. 1975

 

On Display in the Nerot Mitzvah Exhibition
at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York


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