Press Release

Eran Neuman Appointed Director of the Israel Museum

Jerusalem, Israel

The Israel Museum announced today the appointment of Eran Neuman as the Anne and Jerome Fisher Director. Neuman currently serves as Director of the David Azrieli School of Architecture at Tel Aviv University. He was unanimously elected by the Museum’s Board of Directors, chaired by Isaac Molho, following a nine-month search and extensive review process of applicants from both Israel and abroad. He assumes his position at the Museum during February, 2017.

Neuman succeeds James S. Snyder, who is ending his 20-year tenure as Director to assume the newly created role of International President, working on behalf of the extensive network of International Friends of the Museum and focusing on relationships with sister institutions and collectors worldwide. 

Under Neuman’s directorship, the Azrieli School of Architecture has emerged as one of Israel’s leading architectural schools. At the School, Neuman created programs to foster professional training and scholarship, developed new academic centers and resources, and spearheaded successful fundraising initiatives. He is also the founder of the Azrieli Architectural Archive at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the co-founder of Open Source Architecture (OSA), an international research collaborative. 

“Eran has the right mix of leadership experience, academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, and civic values needed to guide the Israel Museum into the future,” stated Molho. “His accomplishments stand as a demonstration of the kind of vision and vigor that will foster the continuing growth and success of the Israel Museum.”

Neuman holds degrees in architecture from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from the University of California in Los Angeles. He is internationally recognized for his scholarship in postwar architecture, in particular the exploration of the impact of new technologies on architectural design, practice, and the experience of the built environment, and also on architecture that commemorates the Holocaust. In 2014, Neuman curated "David Yannay: Architecture and Genetics" and, in 2008, he co-curated "Performalism: Form and Performance in Digital Architecture," both presented at the Tel Aviv Museum. In 2006, he co-curated “The Gen[H]ome Project,” presented at the MAK Center in Los Angeles. 

Neuman has organized and participated in numerous conferences and seminars at leading academic institutions internationally, including at Princeton University; Harvard University; University of Toronto; Tongji University, Shanghai; and Monash University, Melbourne; among others. He has published several works, including Shoah Presence: Architectural Representation of the Holocaust (Routledge, 2014); Performalism: Form and Performance in Digital Architecture (Routledge, co-edited with Yasha Grobman, 2012); The Labyrinth: Ram Karmi and the Extension of Tel Aviv Central Station (Tel Aviv University Press, 2013); and David Yannay: Architecture and Genetics (eds., Tel Aviv Museum of Art press, 2014). He has received numerous honors and fellowships from such institutions as the Technion in Haifa; Tel Aviv University; University of California, Los Angeles; Bezalel Academy of Art and Design; the Keren Sharet America-Israel Culture Foundation; the German-Israel Foundation Fellowship; the Zuk Fellowship of the American Society of Architectural Historians; and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Washington, D.C.

“I am honored to be joining the Israel Museum at such an important moment in its trajectory,” stated Neuman. “I look forward to working with the outstanding team at the Museum and with its leadership to build upon the incredible accomplishments of my predecessor, James Snyder.”  

Neuman joins the Museum following the most dramatic growth since its founding. Under Snyder’s leadership, Museum attendance more than doubled over the course of the past two decades to 750,000 – 1,000,000 each year, and its endowments increased more than fivefold. 

Mr. Snyder also spearheaded a $100-million renewal and expansion, unifying and enhancing substantially the visitor’s experience throughout its 20-acre campus, doubling the Museum’s collection and exhibition galleries to more than 200,000 sq. ft., and creating a new model for museums internationally that are universal in scope. 

“Eran is someone who knows how to build institutional resources, create collaborative initiatives, and bring new ideas to life,” noted Snyder. “He is both an innovator and a scholar, bringing essential talents to the Museum and, in turn, to the people of Israel and to our international visitors for whom the Museum reflects cultural values that resonate both locally and globally.”

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