22 January 2020 - 25 Tevet 5780 - כ"ה טבת ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
Theme announced for The Fourth Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art E-mail

The exhibition explores the intersection between contemporary art and the Jewish world, and will this year take as its theme For Heaven’s Sake! (Le Shem Shamayim).

The 2019 Jerusalem Biennale showcases the work of 200 professional Israeli and international artists from around 15 countries. In all 30 exhibitions will be presented across 12 venues in Jerusalem, running from 10 October to 28 November.

For Heaven’s Sake! will allow an exploration of the motivation for action in general – and for artistic creation in particular – as well as the Jewish tradition of dispute. It refers to the wellknown verse from the Mishnah: “Any dispute which is for the sake of Heaven will ultimately endure, and one which is not for the sake of Heaven will not ultimately endure”.

Founder and Creative Director Rami Ozeri, claims that it is “a metaphor with a range of possible interpretations that span the heavens themselves. “Two opposing viewpoints are prominent; one moves towards the abstract, the heavenly and the spiritual; the second focuses on the human and earthly areas of dispute and argument as a way to guide intention in a heavenly direction.”

Here are some of the highlighted selected exhibitions and venue locations during the event.

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Solar Guerrilla: Environmental Art exhibition E-mail

A new, innovative, thought provoking exhibition entitled Solar Guerrilla: Constructive Responses to Climate Change is currently being showcased at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, which will run until 15 December.

This is the first art exhibition in a museum of its calibre to address issues of global warming, adopting the perspective of cities as tools for instigating change.

In six thematic sections, the exhibition highlights case studies from around the world, including examples from Israel, US, Italy, Denmark, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi. Each chapter/section presents a professional approach – social, political, environmental, or technological – which promotes a different relationship with our planet.

Leading international architectural firms have worked closely on the exhibit, which also involves input from the UN Climate Change Secretariat and leading US environmentalists.

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Japanese Summer Festival Print E-mail

The second annual all-day Japanese Summer Festival recently took place in Tel- Aviv on 24 August, held at ZOA.

A full host of activities were organised for the attendees, intended to highlight Japanese culture. Examples of these include a karaoke area, an origami challenge, flowerarranging lessons, authentic Japanese food stands, and plenty of theme-inspired beverages. Japanese chef Manami Ono arranged the vast array of food delicacies.

The festival also featured a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and Sushi workshops conducted by Israeli Chef Boaz Tzairi.

During the day, eight performers accompanied by original music performed a traditional Japanese dance show. There was also the Aikido Performance entitled The Way to Harmony with Energy, a Japanese martial arts demonstration, and a Taiko Show – Giant Drum which is customarily saved for ceremonies in public temples, and is based on a combination of martial arts and meditation.

(Issue Sep 2019)

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