Grapevine: The enigmatic Tikotin

One of the big deals in Israel’s entertainment industry is to perform at the Caesarea Amphitheater. Coming up on Monday, September 7, is Mashina.

July 30, 2015 16:14
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ISRAELI ROCK legends Mashina please the crowd at the Caesarea Amphitheater with some of their classic hits.. (photo credit: ORIT PNINI)


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EVERY VISITOR to Haifa who is interested in following the tourist trail has come across the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, which is located very close to the city’s major hotels on Mount Carmel. But far fewer people know for whom the gallery was named.

German-born architect Felix Tikotin (1893-1986), who had been an officer in the German army in World War I, was an enigmatic, sophisticated, fun-loving, devoted fan and avid collector of Japanese art. An art lover and collector since high school, he visited Japan in 1927 and became so enamored with Japanese art and culture that he opened a Japanese gallery in Berlin. By the early 1930s he had already amassed an impressive collection, which he took to Amsterdam following the rise of Nazism in Germany. Tikotin, his wife and children, as well as his collection, survived the war in hiding.

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The collection subsequently became the nucleus of Haifa’s Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, which was founded in 1960. It has been visited by every Japanese ambassador to Israel, as well as numerous Japanese dignitaries.

The documentary film A Life Devoted to Japanese Art was screened at last year’s Haifa Film Festival. In the film, Tikotin’s grandson, software entrepreneur Jaron Borensztajn, interviews family members and acquaintances in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Israel in a quest to learn more about his grandfather. The film has also been screened in the US and several European countries.

The documentary will be shown today, Friday, at 11 a.m. at the Japanese Embassy on the 19th floor of Tel Aviv’s Museum Tower. It will be followed by a lecture and Q&A by Tikotin’s daughter Ilana Drukker-Tikotin, who chairs the Board of Trustees of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art.

 ONE OF the big deals in Israel’s entertainment industry is to perform at the Caesarea Amphitheater. Coming up on Monday, September 7, is Mashina. The rock band will be appearing in the context of the seventh annual Golbary fashion show in Caesarea. Despite the heat that is not likely to be alleviated by September, Golbary will be showing its new Fall/Winter collection for 2015/2016. As always, 50 models will be strutting along the runway, including the company’s chief presenter, prize-winning Tel Aviv-born Hollywood-based actress and model Ayelet Zurer. As she does every season, she will fly in for a brief homecoming to participate in the show.

Generally speaking, fashion and cosmetic companies are always looking for new and younger faces, and presenters have a relatively short contractual arrangement. But this will be Zurer’s 12th season – quite an accomplishment considering that she celebrated her 46th birthday last month and is old enough to be the mother of the new face at Dior, 14-year-old Sofia Mechetner of Holon, who with no previous modeling experience, landed a $265,000 contract and participated in the recent Dior Fall/Winter show.


Nina Brosh, professionally known as Vic, was another Israeli teenager with a Cinderella story. Born in Afula, she was a runaway and was discovered sleeping on a park bench in Tel Aviv. The photographer who saw her plastered her face all over Tel Aviv, and she quickly became an international, much sought-after model and actress, appearing on the covers of the most important French and American fashion magazines. Now 39 and back in Israel, she is in semi-retirement, raising a family.

Tickets for the Golbary show go on sale on August 1. Based on past experience, it’s safe to say that all 4,000 seats in the amphitheater will be occupied. This time around, Golbary has a special reason for a mega show. The company is celebrating its

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