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|ISRAELI ARTISTS: HELP US TO HELP YOU!
Since its founding in May 2011, KUNSTENISRAËL has significantly raised the profile of Israeli art and artists in the Netherlands. Our Facebook page for the Dutch audience and online agenda are filled with events spanning the arts spectrum, including visual arts, dance, music, theater, literature and film, and our monthly newsletter (in both Dutch and English) reaches a steadily growing list of 11,000 readers. On our dossier page you’ll find descriptions of the more than 50 projects which KUNSTENISRAËL has funded or co-sponsored.
If you are an Israeli artist, regardless of where you are based, our Facebook page for Israeli artists can help keep you informed about open competitions, subsidies and cultural partnerships. Furthermore, we can help with promotion of your events in the Netherlands. Help us to get to know you and your work by registering with our online Artist Databank (click here). Agents and presenters of Israeli artists are also welcome to register. If you know of Israeli artists who are not yet in touch with us, please forward this message or send us their contact information.
KUNSTENISRAËL has no political or religious agenda, and with your help, we look forward to continuing our work promoting and presenting the broadest range possible of Israeli art and artists in the Netherlands.
|NATALIE PORTMAN MAKES HER DIRECTORIAL DEBUT IN JERUSALEM
The Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman will make her first feature film as director in Jerusalem. The actress wrote the screenplay for the film about the Israeli writer Amos Oz, based upon his autobiography, written in 2002. The book A Tale of Love and Darkness focuses on Oz' youth (he was born in 1939) during the early years of the state of Israel. The writer won numerous international literary awards for his work, including the Israel Prize and the Franz Kafka Prize for Literature. In October, Portman will return to her hometown Jerusalem to cast the actors - she will keep the role of the Oz' mother for herself.
Extensive attention was given to Yasmin Levy and her fifth CD Libertad in the most recent issue of Luister, the Netherlands' leading monthly magazine about classical music. Born in Jerusalem, Levy said in an interview about her Sephardic Jewish roots, the survival of Ladino, the original language of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, and her own compositions. As on her previous CDs, on Libertad many musical styles are represented, including flamenco and jazz.
|AYA BEN RON - ALL IS WELL ARTWORK IN MáXIMA MEDICAL CENTER EINDHOVEN
In a coöperative project of the Máxima Medical Centre Eindhoven and the Van Abbe Museum the Israeli artist Aya Ben Ron (1967, Haifa, Israel) has created the artwork 'All is well'. The work has been given a central place in the lobby of the Máxima Medical Centre in Eindhoven and will be on display for the coming decade.
'All is well' consists of a stainless spring steel reflection pool of four meters diameter, with six stainless steel figures hovering above. Each figure represents a different botanical element and has references to the history of hospitals. The same six figures are presented and explained on six separate cards and posters, which can be found in various waiting and rest areas throughout the hospital.
The diverse artistic work of Aya Ben Ron includes sculptures, videos, drawings and installations. In all these expressive mediums, she investigates the vulnerable body, the perception of health and normality, and the collective memory of pain in the broadest socio-historical sense.
KUNSTENISRAËL is proud to have partnered with the Maxima Foundation, the Mondriaan Fund and the Van Abbe Museum to make 'All is well' possible.
|SHELLY KLING'S INSIDE ENVELOPES WINS FIRST PRIZE AT ISRAELI FILM COMPETITION
Shelly Kling won the first prize in the Israeli film competition of 'Epic 4' International Art Film Festival at the Museum of Arts in Tel Aviv with her documentary 'Inside Envelopes'. The film is about choreographer and dancer Keren Levi. The prize includes among other things a screening of the film at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival which takes place in July and August of this year.
In the documentary Kling followed the creation of the dance 'Envelope' by Keren Levi in 2010. Levi, who is an Israeli living in the Netherlands, made this show with her younger sister Reut, the musician (and former lover of Levi) Tom Parkinson and his twin brother Alex. The film documents the personal and professional relationships.
The international jury, including Levi Zini, Ari Davidovich and Lexi Leban, said the following about the film: "We were amazed that this is your first feature ... the film breaks the boundaries of documentary-making ... you present a complex film with strong and wonderful characters. "
|REVIEW/PREVIEW: ISRAELI ARTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
KUNSTENISRAËL’S director, Ken Gould, was invited to make a presentation at the recent symposium in Jerusalem, “Review/Preview: Israeli Arts in the 21st century”. Organized by the Adi Foundation in conjunction with Hebrew University, the biennial symposium was held December 18 & 19 in the Israel Museum and featured numerous experts and artists representing virtually every art discipline.
Gould spoke in the closing session about the perception abroad of Israeli creative arts and the role of Israeli arts advocacy organizations such as KUNSTENISRAËL. The symposium addressed a wide range of creative domains, with leading figures such as Galit Gaon (design), Prof. Ariel Hirshfeld (prose), Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau (Jewish creativity), Prof. Michael Levin (architecture), Agi Mishol (poetry), Renen Shorr (film), Yigal Zalmona (visual arts) and Yoav Kutner (music). Top artists such as Micha Ullman, Adi Ness, and Yirmi Pinkus as well as intellectuals such as Prof. Moshe Halbertal and Prof. Avishai Margalit also delivered addresses.
The Adi Foundation will publish a bilingual (Hebrew-English) book with the lectures delivered at the conference as well as supplementary essays. If you would like to order a copy of this book, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspired by Andy Warhol, Studio Opa‘s design for Israeli pizzeria Shumis has turned entire walls into fun works of art. Using strand board and exposed concrete, giving it a rough edge, and piles and piles of tinned tomato sauce lining the walls.
Don't miss out next time you visit Rishon Le'Tsion!
|BLURRED LINE BETWEEN FASHION AND ART
"Blow-up sex dolls, the Queen of pop, animals, foods and gender confused brogues… Israeli designer Kobi Levi is not your average shoe maker; and his shoes are not your average shoe. Choosing to blur the lines between art and fashion, Bezalel academy of art & design graduate Kobi creates handmade “wearable sculptures” that entertain, challenge and perplex their audience. With the shoe as his canvas, Kobi...
|ILAY DEN BOER STEALS THE SHOW WITH TWO PRIZES
With his show 'This is my father - the promised feast III' the Israeli born playwriter Ilay den Boer won the 'BNG Nieuwe Theatermakers Prijs 2011' as well as the 'Blind Date' audience award.
|FROM BUILDING SITE TO STREET ART
Around 20 veteran and recently graduated artists are involved in a new art project, such as Einat Steckler, Itamar Mends-Flor, Shlomit Sagur and the celebrated Americanborn Israeli post-graffiti artist who goes by the name of Know Hope. Steckler’s contribution to the project is a large portrait of late legendary Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek made of hundreds of plastic bottle tops that the 47 year old Jerusalem-born, Eilat-resident artist collected. Steckler classifies herself as a recycling and trash artist.
|SUPERMAN'S ALIEN MOM PLAYED BY ISRAELI ACTRESS
Superman is getting a new mom. Ayelet Zurer, the Israeli actress who starred in Angels & Demons and who played the wife of Avner (Eric Bana) in Munich, has been set to play the role of Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s Kryptonian mother, in Man of Steel. Production is underway on the Warner Bros/Legendary film.
|THE BATTLE OF THE SENIORS
Helen Mirren was extremely tired after a heavy fight scene in her new movie The Debt. The English actress plays a former Israeli secret service agent who ends up in a fist fight with another former spy. “There I was, 66 years, and my counterpart wasn’t that young anymore either” Mirren explains. “What the viewers don’t see is how exhausted we were after shooting this scene, it took us a while to get up. We called it the battle of the seniors.” The Debt, with Sam Worthington, Ciarán Hinds and Tom Wilkinson in the leading roles will have its Dutch premiere this upcoming Thursday.
|ISRAELI METAL BAND RELEASES SUCCESFUL DVD
"It was about time, after the much deserved succes of their hit-albums 'Mabool' and 'The Never Ending Way of OrwarriOr' the Israeli metal band Orphaned Land now risks wondering into unknown territory by releasing their first dvd. It must be said that it contains wonderful material for fans. (...) 'The Road to Or Salem' is one of the best dvd's by one of the best bands of this time"... - by Guy van Campenhout.
|KUNSTENISRAËL IN THE PRESS
On October 7 an interview with the director of KUNSTENISRAËL, Ken Gould, appeared in a Dutch magazine NIW (Nieuw Israëlitisch Weekblad). Gould explains the background and plans of the organization.
picture credit: K. Evenhouse
|DISASTER CAUGHT IN FREEZE-FRAME
Israeli artist Eyal Gever has gained international recognition for his sculptures, which capture snapshots of real-time disasters. A computer programmer as well as an artist by training he uses the latest animation and 3D printing technology.
He offered the BBC a tour of his Tel Aviv studio, explaining his work method, and what attracts him to it.