International Conference Crafting the Future

Crafting the Future

Dialogues between Past and Present Perfect


International Conference of the Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design

MUZA - Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

April 27th - 30th, 2021



Skyline, 2020, Avner Sher

Outdoor installation overlooking Tel Aviv's high towers, Photo: Hadar Saifan




MUZA - Eretz Israel Museum is celebrating the first Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design with an International Conference Crafting the Future: Dialogues between Past and Present Perfect.

The Conference will be an international hybrid event combining ONLINE lectures and livestream of collateral events of the Biennale, with LIVE events held in the museum during the conference - gallery talks, meetings with the artists, dance and art performances, and more.


This virtual conference will shed light upon the fields of contemporary craft and design as spheres of action in a rapidly accelerating world, able to offer sustainable solutions to urgent concerns.


The Conference will open with the premiere screening of the Biennale's exposure film with captivating views of this mega-exhibition and meetings with its creators.

On each of the four days of the Conference, we shall host world famous and visionary experts of the fields of craft and design led by Dr. Glenn Adamson (New York) - curator, writer and historian, who works across fields of design, craft and contemporary art; Paola Antonelli (New York) - Senior curator of Architecture & Design and founding Director of Research & Development at MoMA; Joseph Grima (Milan/Eindhoven) - architect, curator, critic, editor, Director of the Museum of Italian Design, and Creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven; and Jean-Luc Olivié (Paris) - Chief curator of the Glass collections at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Together with them, we shall explore fascinating issues - The Future of Craft, Design and Society, Design at the Intersection of Science and Technology, and Craft and Design in museum contexts in the 21st century.

Also, we shall present the innovative projects hosted in the Biennale Lab by prominent Israeli academic art and design institutions: The Master's program in Industrial Design, Bezalel; The David & Barbara Blumenthal Israel Center for Innovation and Research in Textiles (CIRTex), Shenkar; Media Innovation Lab (IDC milab), Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center; and the Material Flow Collective.


Dr. Debby Hershman, Deputy Director and Chief Curator-at-large, and Founder of the Biennale, notes: "The First Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design, which presents 250 works by 300 Israeli craftspeople, multi-disciplinary artists, designers and architects, draws an updated picture of the scene of these creative fields in Israel, and positioning it on the global craft and design map. The International Conference of the Biennale seeks to engage in a dialogue with the changes that the world is undergoing, and to present a challenging perspective on material creation and its meaning from an artistic, cultural, and social point of view."



The Conference will be held in English or in Hebrew with simultaneous translation





You are cordially invited to participate in this fascinating and enjoyable event!


The online conference and the live events are open to the public






From the series Requiem for Materiality, 2017, Maya Gatenio, Photo: Micha Kizner




More about the Biennale


Watch the Biennale's official trailer:

Visit the Biennale's Blog, read interviews with the artists, get acquainted with the works on display: