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by Ariel David
JERUSALEM — What do Marcel Duchamp’s readymades have to do with a Chinese mandarin’s robe? And what is the link between the crowns of African kings and a synagogue in South America?
These are some of the questions raised by three contemporary artists who were asked by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to select pieces from its vast collections to create their own special exhibitions. To celebrate the reopening this summer of the museum’s main galleries following a $100 million renewal, the artists were given free rein on about half a million pieces ranging from prehistoric tools to conceptual art.