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23 November 2019 - 25 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ה חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Israel Museum presents ‘Collecting Dust’ E-mail

This winter, Israel Museum launches a series of exhibitions that spotlight a roster of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists from Israel, in the greater context of the international contemporary art scene.

‘Collecting Dust in Contemporary Israeli Art’ examines the work of fifteen artists who transform dust into contemporary works of art exploring temporality, memory, and Israel’s environmental landscape. There will be four separate exhibitions in four months showcasing this theme. The exhibitions are on view from 3 December through 5 April, 2014.

On display is the first-ever retrospective of Gideon Gechtman, who explored how art can act as a posthumous memorial. Also on view is the first solo exhibition in Israel of Mika Rottenberg, whose work examines the role of women in society and the repercussions of an increasingly digital world. The pervasive presence of dust – as matter or metaphor – is the thread that connects the works on view in this exhibition.

‘Collecting Dust’ presents 45 works from the last decade by Israeli artists active in the fields of painting, photography, installation, and video, among them Ilit Azoulay, Gilad Efrat, Irit Hemmo, Dana Levy, Micha Ullman, Gal Weinstein, Sharon Ya’ari, and Yuval Yairi.

Gal Weinstein’s Dust Cloud series (2009), which opens the exhibition, presents clouds of volcanic ash using steel wool in a sequence of quasi-scientific images that develop towards a threatening climax.

In his photographic Rashi Street series, Sharon Ya’ari focuses not on the vibrant city of Tel Aviv that constantly reinvents itself, but rather on the fumes of demolition and thunder of urban renovation.

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The Tel-Aviv Marathon ready for the off! E-mail

Well over 35,000 runners are expected to partake in the Tel-Aviv Samsung Marathon events on February 28, 2014, one of the leading, professional running events in Israel. The marathon is already a tradition and is one of the key international events in Tel Aviv.

Over 180,000 supporters are expected to take to the streets and encourage the participants as they run through the streets of Tel Aviv. Large parts of the city will be closed for the runners, in keeping with the largest marathons worldwide. The marathon will be preceded by a Health and Fitness expo, setting the tone for the marathon event and offering information on health and sports nutrition, lectures, stalls selling sports gear and much more.

In the 2014 marathon, the runners will be offered a unique urban course, passing through every central street of the city, in order to allow the tens of thousands running and participating a unique running experience, including the most attractive sites and streets of the city.

The course has been designed to highlight the best of Tel Aviv which is official UNESCO World Heritage site and as such runners will pass Dizengoff Street, Rothschild Avenue, the Azrieli Towers, Rabin Square, the renovated boardwalk next to the sea and more.

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Motive and Opportunity E-mail

“Know why you want what you want.” Thisteaching of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Morgensztern of Kotzk, the Kotzker Rebbe, haunted me.

He was known for his exceptional scholarship, love of his fellow Jew, and many other laudable qualities. I, however, was fascinated by some of other aspects of the Kotzker way.

A biography loaned to me by a neighbour presented the Kotzker as having no tolerance for moral compromise. I read that he secluded himself for the final 20 years of his life, and burned his manuscripts before his death. Even among the Kabbalists the early 19th century, this might be considered notable.

The Kotzker Rebbe’s principles were straightforward and fundamental. Three things were absent from the lives of the Kotzker and his followers: ornamentation, pretense, and money. Their poverty was legendary. Cabbage leaves served as head coverings. With nothing much in the way of physical distraction, spirituality and severity permeated their world.

The book was filled with stories that ranged from pointed to astonishing. Many of the quotes were so sharp they stung. The advice to “know why you want what you want” really made me think. I wondered why I want what I want. Exploring my own motives became a habit, and grew into distraction bordering on obsession.

The trouble with selfknowledge is the self-deception factor. I dug into my actions, exposed the cheats and tricks, and came to understand my true intentions. All was well until the following day showed me they were just better lies, leaving my newfound understanding in tatters.

The process reminded me of dismantling an onion, and was developing a decidedly unpleasant odor. Each cut revealed a deeper version, but how would I be certain that I uncovered the core? It seemed that I could never be sure of my own heart and mind.

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