Botticelli loaned to the Israel Museum
This rare fresco, the first work by
Botticelli to be exhibited in Israel, is on display as a special loan from the
Uffizi Gallery in Florence in honor of the State of Israel’s 65th anniversary.
The Annunciation, created by Sandro Botticelli in the spring of 1481, originally
hung over the entrance of San Martino della Scala, a hospital for those stricken
with the plague. During renovations to the hospital structure during the 17th
century, the fresco suffered considerable damage, and, in 1920, it was
dismantled and moved to the Uffizi, where it underwent a thorough restoration
process. Despite its considerable size of 243 x 553 cm. (8 x 18 ft.), it has
served as an “ambassador” of the Uffizi on prior occasions, having travelled
previously to Germany and China. It is on view at the Israel Museum from
September 18, 2013, through January 10, 2014.Shades of Dance winners
Choreographers Meyrav Dagan and Adi Butros will share
the NIS 18,000 Creativity Prize, respectively, for I See them Approaching and
What Really Annoys Me awarded by Shades of Dance 2013 that ended Saturday at the
Suzanne Dallal Dance Center in Tel Aviv.
This year’s themes were ceremony
and ritual in honor of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring.
Dagan’s work on commemoration was “bursting with original ideas and presented an
extreme vision…,” while Butros’ piece “linked the personal and the
The artistic director was Idit Herman, co-founder of the
avant-gard Clipa Theater, and this year’s festival, inaugurated by Suzanne
Dallal’s general manager Yair Vardi, was the 17th. Holy
American painter and sculptor Tobi Kahn, renowned for his meditative
and sacred art, will join other international and Israeli artists exhibiting in
the first Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, which will take place
from September 16. The Biennale will be spread across five locations in the city
– the Achim Chasid complex at 45 Emek Refaim Street; the First Station; Heichal
Shlomo, Beit Avi Chai and Musrara. Lights, action...
The Portuguese Film Festival will take place September 7 to 24 at the
Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and Rosh Pina cinematheques, presenting films created
by young Portuguese directors, as well as well-established ones. Dalila Carmo,
the lead actress of the opening film, Florbela, will be present at the
screening.For more info visit www.cinema.co.il.
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