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Volume 62 offers an in-depth information about the pick of current exhibitions in Israel, as well as on Sasha Okun’s superb exhibition, currently on show at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg. This exquisite exhibition was rated 18+ due to its explicit exploration of different states of the aging, naked human body. The age restriction nonetheless, these works are enjoying the kind of critical reception they deserve, as contemporary masterpieces by a fascinating artist. The grounds for this restriction should not be misunderstood. It is a high quality show, garnering in turn a lot of attention.

Meanwhile over here, at the Tefen Open Museum, the exhaustive, important Boaz Vaadia exhibition (reviewed in our last volume) is still on show, and so it Shahar Dor and Elad Shniderman’s special installation at Zuzu Gallery, alongside Sharon Posner. These shows and others are an invitation to head to the exhibition spaces up north and perhaps throw in a daytrip around the surrounding beautiful, green landscapes, while you’re there.

The Tel Aviv Museum is currently running the outstanding exhibition by Samah Shihadi, winner of Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art, curated by Emanuela Calo. An exhibition by Tamar Hirschfeld, curated by Anat Danon Sivan, is currently on show at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion. There has been an effort to shift the Pavilion’s opening hours, in an attempt to align its operations with other dynamic events taking place in Tel Aviv, with the hope of attracting a diverse art-loving audience. This prospective change is welcome, though quality exhibitions may be the trick, as proven by the museum itself; good exhibitions attract huge crowds.

Another successful round of exhibitions is taking place at Tel Aviv’s Beit Haomanim, with Nouli Omer’s exhibition, curated by Vera Pilpul, as well as Mira Cedar’s exhibition, curated by Jennifer Bloch, and others. Eran Volkovsky is currently showing at RawArt Gallery, while Liav Mizrahi is showing at Beit Benyamini. All these and many more good artists are currently on show in different art venues of central Israel.

Victor Franco is currently showing at the Art Workshop, Yavne. Franco, an artist specializing in painting, sculpture and prints, largely and lovingly draws on the local landscapes. This is an exhaustive exhibition of his works, and a unique opportunity to enjoy them.

A selection of exhibitions from all over the country, spanning manifold styles and approaches that reflect the current period of Israeli art. Pluralism has by now become an established consensus, allowing unique richness and diversity. It is up for time to sift out, from this diverse galore, the finest, most striking pieces, which may stand the trial of time and pass on to posterity.

Hana Barak Engel
 
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