Mitzpe Ramon - The True Story

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Mitzpe Ramon - The True Story
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A new historical exhibition at the Eretz Israel Museum explores the beautiful southern area under the desert sun.

The south of Israel is home to some of the most stunning geological wonders in the world: one of which is an enormous crater, located in the heart of the magnificent Mitzpe Ramon. While some think Tel Aviv sunsets are splendid, a sunset overlooking the Ramon Crater is utterly indescribable. Although the area has developed over the years to accommodate tourists and locals alike, it has retained its prominent sense of isolation and absolutely breathtaking beauty.

Artists and musicians are drawn to its natural beauty like a north-to-south magnet, which is why the southern Negev locale has become a thriving centre for artists to gather, find inspiration and settle into Mitzpe studios. It was the slow evolving of this barren town from desert to developed that intrigued curator Guy Raz. Raz captures the rich history of Mitzpe Ramon, the stories of its inhabitants since the 1950s (like its North African immigrants in the 60s), the planning and development processes, architecture and landscape, relations with the Bedouins and the authorities, industry and economic, cultural, artistic and community development. With the Eretz Israel Museum as its home, the exhibition 'Mitzpe Ramon - The True Story' takes visitors on a historical journey they'll never forget.

The exhibition will be displayed at the Eretz Israel Museum in early 2017, and will afterwards be donated to the Mitzpe Ramon local council, with the goal of constituting a basis for a historical and cultural museum.

By: Jennifer Greenberg

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