Overview, an exhibition that engages with one of the most important inventions in human history, and a desirable design object: eyeglasses. Beginning in the 17th century through to the present day, the exhibition explores different cultures, advanced technologies, ancient vision-testing instruments and virtual reality. The two-part exhibition will expose for the first time the extensive collection of the collector Claude Samuel, alongside eyewear and vision works commissioned from Israeli designers.
More than 400 rare items from the Claude Samuel Collection will be displayed in the Museum, marking cultural milestones and examining how they influenced and were influenced by the invention of eyeglasses. These cultural intersections can be seen through changes that occurred in economy, culture, design and society. Complementing these core junctures, unique pieces ranging from Elton John and John Lennon style eyeglasses to authentic Eskimo bone eyewear will be exhibited alongside sketches of eyewear designs made by Claude's father from the Pierre Cardin Fashion House, monocles and scissor-glasses used in the 18th century by the Parisian aristocracy, and more.