Asaf Bartov (ijon) wrote,
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A Brief Visit to the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art

Friday, I managed to get away with a (very) brief visit to the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, which I have not visited in ten years or so. I went with reneighssance, whose idea it was, but our visit was limited by the museum's closing hour, so we only stayed for about fifty minutes. I managed to see the Israeli wood sculpture exhibition, which was interesting. Rudy Lehmann's works were lovely, and I shall look for opportunities to see more of his works. He is sadly unrepresented on the Internet. Here's a small image from the museum's stingy Web site (taken from a bad angle, too) of one sculpture of his, which I found fantastic, but I doubt you could too, based on this image:

Another surprise was finding the works of Tessi Cohen-Pfeffer, who is a relative of mine, displayed in the exhibition, and, perhaps also surprising, finding that I like some of her works. We're not really in touch with that part of the family, but nevertheless I've known her for years and never looked at her art (nor had much opportunity to do so).

But the most striking work in that exhibition was by Elisha Dagan, and was titled, if memory serves, Western III. There's no point describing it in words; if you're around Tel-Aviv, that work alone is worth the admission fee, in my opinion.

We also had time to check out another exhibition, blandly called "Point of View", containing an assortment of Israeli works and paintings without, I thought, much to do with each other. I was not surprised to see that I still don't enjoy Rafi Lavie's works... I did enjoy a fantastic painting (in "Panda" crayons, no less!) by Ori Pettel (sp?) called Anarchy, portraying a typical Israeli picnic table amazingly vividly, a truly striking painting. I also appreciated a couple of other paintings, but I don't remember the details.

We also briefly passed through another exhibition, "From Neo-classicism to Romanticism" I think it was called, and saw a couple of paintings we liked. One was by Rosa, and I don't remember the rest. I also found a fantastic 18th-century bust of Homer, with insightful touches of genius -- a true work of beauty.

But since the visit was so brief, I'm eager to go again, and explore the rest of the museum, some time this month or the next. Who wants to join?

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