Events in Jerusalem

Visit of Kaiser Wilhelm II

Visit of Kaiser Wilhelm II at 29.10.2012

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Monday oct 29th

The Tower of David Museum presents The Kaiser is Coming!
Breaking News: Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany visits Jerusalem

Opening: October 29, 2012

Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife, Augusta Victoria visited Jerusalem for a week, arriving on October 29, 1898. The highlight of the trip to the Holy Land was the inauguration of the Church of the Redeemer in the heart of the Old City. The sleeping down-trodden city entered a year of preparations for his arrival and a week of lavish celebrations. Their visit received unprecedented coverage. Photographers and journalists from the Holy Land and abroad followed the visit, local press reported on the journey, and even foreign newspapers devoted caricatures to the trip.

The exhibition focuses on the royal visit through the lens of journalism and media. It highlights the complex preparations, the difficult journey, the extravagant receptions, the public accolades, the formal occasions, the visit to the Temple Mount and the laying of cornerstones in his presence. The exhibition explores the question of why so many journalists covered the visit and why so many inhabitants came out for the occasion.

It also explores the urban consequences created by this visit to Jerusalem, a city just beginning to reawaken. Through stunning photographs, the visitor can relive this special encounter between East and West, appreciate how the modest city of Jerusalem was overcome by royal abundance and sense the rising enthusiasm of the population for the multiple and complex preparations before and during the royal visit. After a frenetic week of events, questions arose, some of which have still not been answered: about the relationship between the nature of the visit and the way it was presented, who profited and who lost, and in particular, what legacy was left for the city.

Herzl is also present in the exhibition and the exhibition uses this as an example as to how current events were reported in the day. "Photoshop" does not appear to be such a new invention when looking at the photograph that bares witness to the Kaiser meeting Herzl!

The materials exhibited include original newspapers in Hebrew and other languages, photographs taken during the visit and interpretive articles written by the exhibition curator. All these are presented in dynamic displays of "virtual" newspapers with which the visitor is invited to directly interact. Each newspaper is designed differently and each is devoted to a different topic that relates to the visiting Kaiser. Alongside these is a series of huge projected images and typical cameras of the era. The visitor can enter the image through the camera, wander in and out of the scene and find additional information of interest.

Curator: Ruta Peled Exhibition Design and Production: Yael Tevet and Roy Roth, Roth \\ / / Tevet> Space Design

Opening Date: Monday, October 29, 2012 (exactly 114 years since the historic visit!)

Closing date: End of March 2013.

The exhibition is open during regular opening hours of the Museum. Admission to exhibition is included in entrance price to Museum.

The Kaiser's Facebook page!

A special Facebook page has been opened whereby you can follow the lead up to the Kaiser's visit through excerpts from his diary that describe every day experiences on his journey. Each update is accompanied by beautiful photographs and shed light on to the Emperor's experiences and impressions. He does not spare the hardships along the way nor exotic anecdotes!

Regular updates on the exhibition are also being posted the Museum's Facebook page.

Open Hours

September-June: Sunday-Thursday 10:00-16:00, Friday: closed, Holiday eves, holidays, and Shabbat: 10:00-14:00. July-August: Sunday-Wednesday and Shabbat: 10:00-17:00, Thursday: 10:00-18:00 (19:30 June-August), Friday: 10:00-14:00


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