(photo credit: Yonatan Topor)
For the second year in a row, Holon draws national and international attention as it becomes the hub of graphic, fashion and industrial design in Israel and abroad. To that end, a host of novel exhibitions will be displayed at various galleries and venues in town. The aim: to show people things they have never seen before. The Holon municipality, which is the main sponsor of the exhibitions, was very selective in choosing artists who are passionate about contemporary design and can offer something new and significant in its development.
The 2010-2011 exhibition season will be ushered in on September 4 at 9 p.m. with a series of live performances in Weizmann Square in the heart of the city.
“The Weizmann Rally is not to be missed, even though it is not directly
connected to design as such. It will be a spectacular one-off
performance that will transform the square into a public space, reviving
its traditional role as a place of parades, demonstrations, fiery
speeches and spontaneous gatherings,” said one of the organizers, Eyal
“Today town squares have been reduced to places of
advertisement, which is a shame. We have to bring our squares back to
their former glory, said Danon, director of the Digital Art Lab in
The five exhibitions that follow the Weizmann Rally will
continue in the same radical and revolutionary vein. “Our priority is to
give a platform to young budding Israeli designers who can help us look
at the world afresh,” said Rafi Vazana, assistant managing director for
art and culture at the Holon municipality.
THE COMMON thread running through the five shows is how we deal with the environment and the materials that surround us.
Stern and Kfir Galatia, exhibiting their pieces in the Beit Meirov
Center, will raise new questions about contemporary design. In their
show entitled “Distorted Information,” the main focus will be on objects
that have been deformed during the course of their production, objects
that blur the line between industrial and handmade design.
the exhibition at the Holon Theater, will feature the work of talented
11-year-old Yonatan Topor. Despite his battle with Asperger’s syndrome,
the young artist manages to uniquely express how he sees the
industrialized and busy world we live in and how this world affects his
soul and emotions.
The highlight of this art season in Holon,
especially for the ladies, will be Ayala Raz’s show entitled “Glamorous
Poverty,” which will be shown at the Hankin Gallery. Through her jewelry
designs, Raz proves that beautiful accessories do not have to cost a
fortune. The retired teacher of fashion design found a way to use the
cheapest materials you can imagine – including buttons, ribbons,
recycled textile shreds and random pieces of necklaces from friends and
flea markets – to create glamorous jewelry that looks both posh and
“After I retired, I didn’t have a particular plan to
manufacture jewelry on a large scale – it just came. I was just the
vessel. The more I made, the more I liked it. My friends were thrilled
at the idea and supported me in the process. My message is that what is
key is the power of design; the materials don’t matter too much. If you
are creative, you can create stunning objects from garbage if it comes
to that,” she told The Jerusalem Post.
Dov Hoz Boulevard is proud
to present a pioneering student exhibition entitled “Post- Trauma,”
which will challenge public opinion regarding environmental issues in
This open space location will display a colorful
collection of environmentalist posters criticizing the neglect of the
environment through the use of visual and verbal jargon.
was produced as a public manifesto by students from the departments of
graphic design from the WIZO Design Academy and the Holon Institute of
THE EXHIBITION called “Senseware” by Tokyo Fiber is
already on display and will close on September 14 at 10 p.m. It is a
unique combination of the best pieces produced by 17 artists from
various professional backgrounds – architects, designers and craftsmen
who all share a fascination in experimenting with the processing and
usage of synthetic fibers in new and unexpected ways.
viewers expect to see at an exhibition called “Senseware”? Exhibition
director Kenya Hara explained, ”I define it as matter that stirs the
human creative instinct and awakens the desire to make things. The
exhibition gives us a glimpse of what the future may hold. That is why
visitors will find it intriguing and inspiring.”Visitors
may appreciate the fact that there will be a regular shuttle between
the exhibitions so they will not have to worry about their own