24 February 2017

Exhibition: Fake? זִיוּף ~ Sam and Ayala Zacks Pavilion, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

On a bright and sunny Friday morning whilst some residents of this beautiful city where participating in the Tel Aviv Marathon, I was at my favourite haunt, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.  I saw a first-rate exhibition which was entitled, Fake? זִיוּף in the Sam and Ayala Zacks Pavilion which is located in the Main Building.  The exhibition was impressive, not only in the way this rather ambiguous subject-matter was handled but in the way it was executed.  There were some examples of  fake works of art adjacent to the genuine works of art, there were counterfeit bank notes and coins, forged documents, imitations of designer watches and handbags, replicas of statues, a piece of music, ceramics and pottery items, ivory,  forgeries of Roman glass, photographs and even a fake passport and car license plates.  

The exhibition provided a brief history and in certain cases it gave the visitors some background into these fake items. I felt the exhibition also tried its best to educate us, the visitors not only in helping us to try and distinguish between a fake or a genuine item but by giving us a moral conundrum, that perhaps in certain, specific cases fakes can be justified if, it can be demonstrated that it is for the purpose of the common good.  This was the case when Mossad agents forged documents in preparation for the abduction of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires in 1960.  

This was an absolutely fascinating exhibition which will be on show until 22 April 2017.  If you can spare and hour or two I would strongly urge you to go and see it.  Here are some photographs from the exhibition:

Copy or fake? , After Piero della Francesca, Portrait of Federigo da Montefeltro, 1979, Oil on panel, Private collection, Tel Aviv

Vermeer or van Meegeren? - Supper at Emmaus

Forgery in the manner of Jacopo Tintoretto (Italian, Venetian, 1518 - 1594) Portrait of a Man, oil on canvas, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

23 February 2017

The Tel Aviv Marathon ~ good luck to all the participants ... בהצלחה

The annual Tel Aviv Marathon sponsored by Samsung is on this Friday, 24th February 2017.  The marathon is a total of 14km and is multi-course to enable people of different ages and abilities to partake in this event.  According to the website, there is the main marathon, a half marathon, a 10km route, a 5km route, a kids mini-marathon and a hand cycle race.  The route takes the competitors down principal roads within the city and past major landmarks.  Up to 35.000 runners have said to have participated in previous years. The weather tomorrow is expected to be warm and sunny 20°C or 68°F.

21 February 2017

Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl

I bought this book whilst on holiday in Australia.  I always knew about its existence but I had never read it before so I thought now would be a good time to read it.  "Anne Frank was born on 12th June 1929.  She died while imprisoned at Bergen-Belsen, three months short of her sixteenth birthday." If Anne Frank had survived the concentration camps she would have been 88 years old.  A photograph of Anne as a young girl is on the cover of the book.  In a way it seems as if I am trespassing on her privacy by reading her diary (named Kitty) which is a deeply personal account of her thoughts, fears, emotions, hopes and aspirations.

"Since its publication in 1947, Anne Frank's diary has been read by tens of millions of people.  This Definitive Edition restores substantial material omitted from the original edition, giving us a deeper insight into Anne Frank's world."
Published by Penguin ISBN 978-0-141-18275-9 

18 February 2017

Street musicians in Tel Aviv

A trio of extremely talented musicians play classical music and other well known instrumental songs on Saturday mornings on the pavement just in front of Frishman Beach in Tel Aviv.  It is an absolute joy to listen to them.  There are two men playing the violin and another man playing the cello.  Their music is of concert quality.  Do make a point of coming along next Saturday morning, you will be glad that you made the time.


17 February 2017

Recycling clothes in Tel Aviv

I have had the opportunity to live in and visit many countries around the world but I have never before come across such an ingenious and effective idea.  These large blue metal bins are dotted around Tel Aviv at prominent collection points and their sole purpose is for people to put their unwanted second-hand clothing.  What could be more simple?  So, the next time you want to do some Spring cleaning and throw away clothing items such as hats, t-shirts, shirts, shoes, shorts, trousers, dresses and handbags etc as depicted in the pictogram then you will know where to put them.  According to the Rosnir רוזניר website, "Rosnir Tel Aviv Ltd. was established in 1984 and is the younger partner of the Rosenkranz company which was set up in 1950, as is today run by the third generation of the family.  Both of these family owned companies deal with the collection, processing and recycling of second-hand cloth" (sic).

Here is their address:
36 Derech Salame Street, Tel-Aviv | Tel: 972-36821662 or 972-36833553 | Fax: 972-36823685 |

Here is a link to their website in Hebrew:

2 February 2017

Make the most of your time in Israel ...

I wanted to share with you an invaluable information source for potential visitors to Israel.  Whether you are coming to Israel as a tourist, as an expatriate or as a returning resident be sure to check out the official website of Tourist Israel  

This excellent website provides detailed lists of tours, travel ideas, information about hotels as well as a list of things to do and see in Israel.  It also provides information about forthcoming events such as concerts, cultural excursions, lectures and a whole lot more besides to ensure that your visit will be a success.  As an expatriate, I find the best way of keeping informed with what's going on here is by subscribing to the Tourist Israel mailing list and receiving monthly up-dates.  

Have an excellent visit to Israel ~ יש ביקור מצוין לישראל

31 January 2017

Street Library Australia

Take a book.  Give a book.  Whatever.  Enjoy!

A Street Library outside someone's house in South Melbourne, registered as number 139

Interesting to see that the Street Library initiative has also been embraced in Melbourne, Australia albeit on a smaller scale than the one in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Whilst the Street Library in Tel Aviv is organised and run by the Municipality of Tel Aviv - Yafo and is mobile (i.e. on wheels), its namesake in Melbourne is different in that it is static and relies on individuals who are encouraged to purchase a small, custom-made box via the Street Library Australia website and affix it to a wall or other prominent, easily accessible place outside their house.  They then put their second-hand books in it and register their library at the Street Library Australia website so that other people can locate it and also donate or borrow books.  As Nic Lowe, who founded the Street Library Australia explained in the short YouTube video clip that he based the concept on the original Street Library which he saw in a community garden in Portland, USA.  Lowe says, "it encourages the recycling of books and increases literacy in the community and sharing the things that we own and use everyday".  Lowe also provided the mind boggling statistic that "in the US there are currently 35,000 Street Libraries whereas in Australia there are only 50".   I think one way of improving the number of Street Libraries in Australia would be if people purchased these custom-made boxes from and gave these as birthday presents to friends and family so that they too could enjoy having a mini-library outside their house or apartment.  It would make a unique gift and what can be more worthy than giving someone the gift of reading?

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us." Franz Kafka

Happy reading!
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