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23 April 2018 - 9 Iyyar 5778 - ט' אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Artist David Stein showcases To Live is to Love E-mail

To Live is to Love, a solo exhibition by abstract artist David Stein, is currently on show at Art Supermarket in Hong Kong’s Soho district.

Jewish community members may recall meeting David, a Swiss national, when he was GM at the Aberdeen Marina Club, where he organised many memorable kosher functions. He is a 25+-year veteran in the hospitality industry, having worked for many of the large hotel chains in the region, including the Shangri-La Hotel group.

David has always been passionate about art and now devotes all of his time to painting. Colour, light and emotion drive his painting to new levels of abstraction in his third exhibition in Hong Kong: To Live is to Love.

Painting is an obsession for Stein, conveying his idea of “from the real world to the dream world”. He is a skilled practitioner of “plein air” painting, playing with natural light and shade and employing a wide range of colours in his work, however he usually limits the hues in his paintings.

Colour and tough brushstrokes express the intense emotions that inspire him. “The interplay of light and shade shows my belief that light can emanate from every direction no matter how dark it is”, Stein said. “You don’t need to paint. It’s there. What I do is to depict them according to what I see. Sometimes it takes months and sometimes years but ultimately it will be out, suddenly but seamlessly, like the early spring water flow through the mountains.” […] “I want my paintings to light up people’s life – to show people something they haven’t recognised in themselves.”

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Simon Wiesenthal Center exhibition on show in Japan E-mail
The Simon Wiesenthal Center held the Japanese première of its new exhibition: People. Book. Land. The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People With The Holy Land, at Yamano Beauty College in Yoyogi, Tokyo, in December.
The exhibition presents an historical, not political, narrative of the Jews’ 3,500-year relationship with the Holy Land, providing an insight into the principles that have guided them throughout this period.

Renowned historian Professor Robert Wistrich authored the exhibition, which also focuses on the universal and particular values that inspired the unique journey of the Jewish people throughout history and inspired Jews to retain an unbreakable, centuries-old bond with and love for their ancestral homeland.

The exhibition is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s mandate that includes using its top-tier NGO status to educate the world about the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust, intergroup relations and tolerance, and standing up for the rights and dignity of people everywhere. The exhibition, the first under United Nations auspices that outlines the historical raison d’être for the UN vote to recognise a Jewish homeland in 1947: the remarkable fact that the Jewish people have an uninterrupted 3,500-year relationship with the Holy Land.

The exhibition was open to the public and sponsored by the governments of the US, Canada and Israel, and was co-sponsored by UNESCO.Please login or register to see the full article
 
Yaacov Agam Museum of Art opens in Rishon LeZion E-mail

The Yaacov Agam Museum of Art recently opened in the city of Rishon LeZion, Israel, the childhood home of internationally acclaimed Israeli artist and “the father of Kinetic Art”, Yaacov Agam.

The museum is a joint initiative of the Rishon LeZion Municipality and the artist. It showcases six decades of Agam’s groundbreaking artistic research, and in temporary exhibitions and permanent displays it presents some of his most important artworks, coming from prestigious Israeli and worldwide collections and museums.

Agam, now aged 89, continues to renew himself with untiring enthusiasm and aims to establish the museum as the worldwide centre of his artistic philosophy and award-winning visual education approach, and as one of the very few museums dedicated entirely to kinetic art.

The Agam Museum invites us to see “beyond the visible” and experience art that reflects reality as a “constant becoming” – a totality irreducible to any single one of its appearances in time or space.

Visitors are invited to explore and actively interact with Agam’s multifaceted and everchanging artworks, immersing themselves in what the artist calls the fourth dimension – the dimension of time and movement, change and the unexpected.

Designed by celebrated architect David Nofar and surrounded by a Sculpture Garden, the museum’s 3,200-squaremetre monumental spaces and complex architecture invite visitors into a meditative and aweinspiring experience.

Gracing the entrance of the building, the lobby and central hall, Agam’s Pillars of Clilla, courtesy of the Kadar Family and Naomi Foundation, features 29 intricately designed columns that blur the partition between outside and inside. The visitor wandering through this majestic work of art experiences a vibrant visual symphony where each step reveals new motifs leading from the shaded exterior Piazza to the main exhibition hall.

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