11th Independence Day Poster, 1959
This is a poster designed in 1959 by Miriam Levinger, a student of the Bezalel Art College, for Israel’s eleventh Independence Day.
Two buildings in the shape of the number 11 are at the centre of the design. The buildings are surrounded by scaffolding, showing that they are still in the process of construction. These modern buildings emerge from a depiction of traditional buildings in the style of the Old City of Jerusalem. The design represents the development of the young State of Israel into a modern and dynamic country.
For each Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day), posters are designed to represent thoughts and hopes for the State of Israel. In lessons around the time of Yom Ha’atzmaut teachers could show this poster and discuss the meaning of the design. In Art lessons this poster could be used as an example of a Yom Ha’atzmaut poster and the students asked to create a similar poster with the relevant number of years. In Jewish History lessons, this poster could be used to demonstrate development in Israel in the early years.
Describe the poster.
What message does the poster convey?
When was the poster printed? How many years of independence were celebrated that year?
How is the number of years of independence represented in this poster?
The poster shows modern buildings being built and emerging from a different group of buildings. What do these buildings represent?
Search the internet and find out what happened in Israel (and the Jewish world) in Israel’s 11th year, 1959-1960.
Design a poster for Israel’s next Independence Day and find a creative way to include the current number of years being celebrated. Think about the message you want to convey in the poster: Israel's achievements? Hopes for the future? Any others?