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7 must-see art exhibitions for your May Israeli culture fix

Try to resist getting an ‘art on’ with these seven art exhibitions this May

By Jennifer Greenberg
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We know what you’re thinking: “An art exhibit? In May? But the summer just started and the beaches in Israel are calling to me...” While the summer weather is brilliant, and the heat may not have gotten to you quite yet, it will. Believe us, it will. So why not take a break from surfing or hanging out at Park HaYarkon, the Tel Aviv Port, or even Jaffa’s beautiful coastal offerings and take a little time away from sunburns and sand for some casual Israeli art appreciation. We’ve rounded up seven must-see art exhibitions that are closeby and easy to get to, for a little Israeli culture this May.

Israeli culture: 7 art exhibitions to check out this May

Dis-Play
Dis-Play
© Yaron Haramaty

1. Dis-Play

Kobi Assaf transforms the painting into a stage for his whimsical characters. From Dorothy and her iconic ruby slippers to a taxidermy bird, he defies the framing sequence to grant the viewer their own reading of his art, free from hierarchy.

Zameck Contemporary Art, 68 Hey B-iyar St, Tel Aviv (03-6915060)

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Genesis
Genesis
© Michel Platnic

3. Genius of 'Genesis'

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Another month, another fantastic international exhibition at the New Gordon Gallery. We asked Michel Platnic, the electrical-engineer-turned-artist, about his truly special multimedia project entitled ‘Genesis.'

D Day Invasion
D Day Invasion
© David Seymour

4. Beit Hatfutsot's new exhibition captures the lifeworks of legendary photojournalist David Seymour, a.k.a. 'Chim'

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David Seymour, known professionally as 'Chim,' is one of the greatest photojournalists of the early to mid twentieth century. As a pioneer of the golden age of political photojournalism, Chim married politics with photography through his portraits of leaders, artists and intellectuals. He has captured both stunning and shocking scenes from the Spanish Civil War, WWII, and the inaugural years of the State of Israel to help form a collective memory of the 20th century. 

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Woven paper
Woven paper
Ella Ponizovsky Bergelson

5. Creating ORDER through disorder - Bergelson's solo exhibition explores identity at the Alamacén Gallery

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Born in Moscow, Ella Ponizovsky Bergelson immigrated to Israel in 1991, and recently moved to Berlin. The artist's new project, ORDER, is a projection of her constant state of roaming, belonging to a "generation and a half" of emigrants. She draws on elements of her upbringing ruled by continuous transition to create a series of works that explore and redefine identity, both her own and others.

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