The Museum’s Renovation
The goal of the
The plan implements changes whose effect is to highlight the connection between the kibbutz, its founders, and the museum, as they represent a continuum of pioneering and memory that reveal the imprint of the past and the renewal of life in the Israeli landscape.
In Phase One of the Master Plan, what had been an empty central space in the building was filled with three new levels:
1. The “Home of Testimony” exhibit:
At the center of the museum structure, a 330 sq m. space is “captured.” This space had been planned by the museum’s designer, architect Shmuel Bikeles, but remained incomplete in the initial construction.
The exhibit planned for the center space is a study hall, flooded with natural light from the Observation Point above. The overall design and the display media within it, emphasize the nature of this hall as a place for gathering and contemplation. The visitor is invited to pause here and regard the material that serves as a prologue to the entire museum and its contents. Dynamic display technology characterizes the surrounding perimeter walls, whose flow and movement lead to outward and onward to the other museum exhibits.
The narrative of this central hall presents the personal stories of the founders of the GFH museum, along with the story of the museum as a unique place engaging in the work of memory. Integrating the documentary materials that encapsulate the treasures of memory creates a comprehensive narrative, with chapters from the distant past (the years prior to and through the Second World War), from the more recent past (the years when the State of Israel and the kibbutz were being established), and continuing chapters that are being written even now.
2. The “Yizkor” Exhibit:
This is a quiet, subdued place, reminiscent of a sanctuary. Displayed herein are items from the GFH Archives, accompanied by computerized digital representations that illustrate landscapes of memory.
The museum’s planners envisioned an “open archive” presenting varied items conserved in the GFH Archives over the years. Paintings from the Art Collection, documents and artifacts, are displayed here to offer the visitor the opportunity to engage in an unmediated dialogue with the landscapes of the past, and with the pioneering documentary enterprise of GFH’s founders. Digitalized electronic devices will allow the visitors to “open” the drawers, to view the contents and browse through the collection of artworks, documents, and artifacts, and to focus on a particular item, the force of which can teach about the human drama of the reality of those times.
The arrangement of the archival collection and the manner of its presentation serves as a perpetual challenge: displaying items in various contexts such as the thematic and biographical, an encounter with the material as viewed from an innovative angle or in light of the discoveries of the most recent research.
Ascending to the top floor of the museum’s newly designed center, the visitor looks out on a panoramic view of the kibbutz and the surrounding landscapes of the Western Galilee, granting a sense of where the Ghetto Fighters’ House is situated.