The Anna Ticho house

The Anna Ticho house

Now, some of the botanical art from this period, in addition to later periods,is part of the Seeds of the Land exhibition in the Anna Ticho House, a stone home in the center of Jerusalem that was home to one of the city’s most influential couples..
“The exhibit looks not just at the art, but at the way modern artists use plants to express feelings and political ideas,”
said Timna Seligman, curator of the Ticho House, which is part of the Israel Museum. The exhibit, on the ground floor of the building, runs through November, 2019. The contemporary pieces include delicate glass sculptures by contemporary artist Dafna Kaffeman, and pages of Haaretz newspapers from the Six Day War period faded with paint and imprinted with silhouettes of local wildflowers in a project by Larry Abramson. Both Kaffeman and Abramson include work from earlier Israeli botanical artists. The exhibit is especially fitting for the space because this was once home to Anna Ticho, an artist who often painted local landscapes. Her husband, the eye doctor Avraham Albert Ticho, is credited with treating the then-common eye disease of trachoma, and saving thousands of people from blindness.
“We always try to make sure that the temporary exhibits we have here have some connection to Anna,”
Seligman said. In addition to this exhibit, the Ticho House is a place worth exploring. With its arched doorways and stone work, the house is also a well-preserved example of typical Jerusalem architecture. Recent renovations have exposed ornate ceiling drawings on the top floor of the house, now home to the Anna Cafe, a Mediterranean restaurant. Entrance is free, and its location, near the main downtown thoroughfare of Jaffa Road makes it an ideal stopping place during a day of exploring the city.
“Visitors can stop in, have a look around and even enjoy a drink or meal,” Seligman said. “It’s really a lovely place, especially in the summer when the gardens are in bloom.”