The Passover Haggadah
  Modern Art in Dialogue with an Ancient Text
      Eliyahu Sidi
     
     

Eliyahu Sidi was born in France but has lived in Israel since 1967. His art is playful, childlike and full of color, not unlike the other modern artists whose work is on view in this exhibit. His artwork is often described as zany, cartoonish, keystone-cop like, even whacky, and Sidi is not averse to using English and French in his illustrations. The holy and the secular, the past and the present, the highbrow and the folksy, humor and gravity intermingle in his work in a unique way. In contrast to the art that dominates every page, the Haggadah text appears pasted in as if it were an afterthought. Sidi creates his art to be the primary vehicle of transmitting the Exodus story, while the actual written text is secondary to him.

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