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Israeli Art: Lines that Connect Yesterday and Tomorrow

Date: Thursday, June 21, 16:00 - 17:30
Location: Oren 2 Hall


The creative arts in Israel are flourishing as never before.  What makes their creativity so special, drawing on Israel’s unique ancient to contemporary history?  Why are they having such success reaching out globally, around the world?  And how is it that they are able to preserve their connection to their heritage while also relating to cultures worldwide in today’s global universe?  Practitioners in cinema, literature, music, and the visual arts and the art market talk about their experience as creators in Israel and from Israel in the rest of the world.





Mr. James Snyder, IsraelAnne and Jerome Fisher Director, The Israel Museum; former Deputy Director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Loeb Fellow, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Author: Museum Design: Planning and Building for Art (1993), RENEWED: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Campus Renewal Project (2011). Recipient: Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della solidarietà italiana (Italy); Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France); Teddy Kollek Award for Significant Contribution to Jerusalem; 'Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem' (2012).




Mr. Joseph Cedar, Israel: Film Director and screenwriter. Works: Time of Favor (2000); Campfire (2004); Beaufort (2007); Footnote (2011). Recipient: Nominee, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (Footnote 2011, Beaufort, 2007); Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival (Footnote, 2011); Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Screenplay (Beaufort, 2007); Ophir Award for Best Director (2004, 2011); Ophir Award for Best Screenplay (2000, 2004, 2011).


Mr. Etgar Keret, Israel: Author, playwright and screenwriter. Books include: Suddenly a Knock on the Door (2010); Missing Kissinger (1994); The Nimrod Flip-Out (2006)Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God (2004); Gaza Blues (2004). His books have been published abroad in 31 languages in 35 countries. More than forty short movies have been based on his stories, one of which won the American MTV Prize (1998); Lecturer, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Recipient: Chevalier de l`Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; Book Publishers Association`s Platinum Prize (multiple); Prime Minister`s Prize; Ministry of Culture`s Cinema Prize; Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize (UK); St Petersburg Public Library`s Foreign Favorite Award; Camera d`Or" Award, Cannes Film Festival (Jellyfish with Shira Gefen).


Ms. Sigalit Landau, Israel: Sculptor, video and installation artist; Graduate, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design; Featured artist, One Man's Floor is Another Man's Feelings, Israeli Pavilion, 54th Venice Art Biennale (2011); Solo exhibitions: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gallery Kamel Mennour, Paris; Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Centre Pompidou (collective exhibition). Recipient: Sandel Family Foundation Sculpture Award, Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Residency, International Artists Studio Program, Stockholm; Beatrice S. Kolliner Award for Young Israeli Artist, The Israel Museum. 


Ms. Achinoam (Noa) Nini, Israel: International Performing Artist, Singer, Songwriter and Producer. Written and produced 15 international and Israeli albums; Writer and performer, theme song from the Academy Award winning film, La Vita e Bella; Israeli representative (with Mira Awad), Eurovision Song Contest, 2009; Good Will Ambassador, The Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations. Recipient: Knighted by President Napolitano of Italy; Chrystal Award, Global Leader of Tomorrow, World Economic Forum; Galileo Galilee Award, Free Masons of Italy; Rotary Club award for Tolerance and Co-Existence; New Israel Fund award for Peace; “Dove of Peace” from President Shimon Peres. 


Ms. Rivka Saker, Israel: Chairperson, Sotheby's Israel; Senior Director, Sotheby's Europe; Board member, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation, Muzot: a school for troubled youth in Jaffa, Center of Contemporary Art. Co-Chair, "Here and Now" Committee for acquisitions of Israeli art for the Israel Museum; Founder, Artis, a non-profit art fund that supports and promotes contemporary visual artists from Israel internationally; ARTLV: the international art biennial in Tel Aviv.


The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew and English.


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