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The Heartbeat of Boltanski’s art
The Nahum Gutman Art Museum in Tel
Aviv is currently hosting an intriguing exhibition of works by 67-year-old
French sculptor, photographer, painter and filmmaker Christian
The “Heartbeats” show is a highly emotive experiential event,
which, like many of Boltanski’s works over the past half-century, demands the
active involvement of the public. The centerpiece is a heartbeat installation
comprising mirrors located around the museum’s display area. In addition, there
is a screening of a film that presents a profile of the artist from six
junctures of his life, between the ages of six and 60. The film is
synchronized with the sound of the artist’s heartbeats, recorded in 2005, while
a light bulb flickers on and off to convey a sense of life and death
corresponding with the light and darkness.
The preservation of the vital
signs of life has been a theme of Boltanski’s work for many years, and he has
established an archive of heartbeat recordings, of thousands of people who are
no longer alive, on a Japanese island.
The “Heartbeats” exhibition closes
on October 13. For more information: (03) 516-1970 or www.gutmanmuseum.co.il
Ugandan Jewish tribe gets airing
From this week until September 12, the public
will have the opportunity to get a rare glimpse into the life, joys and travails
of the women of the Abu Yehudia tribe of Jews in Uganda, in the Project Room
exhibition which opened on Saturday night at the Main Gallery in Ein
The exhibition comprises works by Rehovot-based artist Rachel
Weitzman, who spent long periods traveling through Africa and came across the
Abu Yehudia tribe by chance. The tribe was established in eastern Uganda in 1919
by Semei Kakungulu, who conveyed the teachings of the Bible to the community and
adopted the observance of a Jewish way of life.
incorporates 15 works based on a cross-genre format of computer-enhanced
photography and old paintings on canvas. The items on display feature
images of a variety of female members of the tribe, as well as religions icons,
clothing and jewelry.
For more information: www.einhod.org
on show in Haifa
The National Maritime Museum has opened a
new exhibition of rare cult artifacts dating to the Late Canaanite Era of the
13th century BCE.
The vessels were discovered in 2010 by Prof. Yohana
Aharoni, at Tel Kashish on the northern bank of the Kishon River. During the
excavations a chalk pit was located to the north of the site, which contained
around 200 vessels, including locally produced items as well as vessels
manufactured in Mycenae, in modern-day Greece, and Cyprus. The excavators
believe that the finds were used in local cult ceremonies.
has been identified as the ancient city of Helkat, which appears in a list of
towns conquered by Pharaoh Thutmose III in the mid-15th century BCE.
exhibition closes on January 1, 2013. For more information: (04) 853-6622 or
Celebrating Israeli music
The 15th annual Israeli Music Festival
will take place all over the country between September 19 and 23.
event highlights works by Israeli composers from a number of genres and, this
year, will feature compositions by such leading composers as Moshe Seter, Tzippi
Fleischer, Oded Zehavi, Menachem Tzur and Paul Ben-Haim.
which will take place in Jerusalem (September 19), Haifa (September 20), Tel
Aviv (September 21), Upper Nazareth (September 22) and Beersheba (September 23),
include performances of Seter’s “Tikun Hatzot,” “Rhapsody on Yemenite Themes,”
Zehavi’s “Poems of an Old Poet” and Tzur’s “At Sunrise.”
The list of
artists and ensembles also covers a wide range of styles and includes a program
of Arab music performed by the Arabic Music Orchestra; young sibling clarinet
players Daniel and Alexander Gurfinkel, who will play Benjamin Yosefov’s Double
Clarinet Concerto; and an allfemale ensemble of four harpists and a string
quartet, which will perform Fleischer’s Avram oratorio.
All concerts are
For more information: www.imi.org.il or www.habama.co.il