April News From Israel Ministry Of Tourism

NEW EXHIBIT EXPLORES MIRO’S SPANISH DANCER MOTIF  

The Israel Museum Jerusalem recently opened the second exhibition in its “Focus” series, which takes as its starting point two works from the Museum’s own holdings: Joan Miró’s Painting (Spanish Dancer), 1927, and his drawing Untitled (Spanish Dancer), 1924. The exhibition is on view through June 29, 2013.

Miró’s fascination with Spanish dancers unfolds through a series of paintings, drawings, and sketches produced over a period of sixty years. The fifteen works on display, from the Museum’s collection and on loan from international institutions and private collections, draw on symbols and imagery recurrent in Miró’s oeuvre and are rendered through a profusion of artistic styles.

NEW EXHIBIT CHRONICLES HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE

A new exhibition consisting of four monumental paintings of Moshe Rosenthalis (1922-2008) during the years 1978-1980 depicting a visual narrative of the history of the Jewish People is currently on display through July 2013 at Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv. The series titles are arranged in chronological order: The Exodus; From the Inquisition to the Immigration to the Land of Israel; From the Israeli War of Independence to the Settlement of the Negev Desert; Jerusalem.

The paintings were commissioned by businessman Saul Eisenberg for the board room of ‘Asia House’ in Tel Aviv, allowing for only a small number of executives to see Rosenthalis’ works.  Organizers of the exhibit at Beit Hatfutsot have now made it possible for the works to be viewed to the general public for the first time.

ANCIENT WINE PRESS UNCOVERED NEAR THE SPA OF HAMEI YO’AV

Remains of a Byzantine settlement with a notable wine press were recently excavated on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) near Hamei Yo’av, near Ashkelon, during salvage excavations prior to the construction of a banqueting garden in the area.

According to the director of the excavation, the owner of the wine press was likely Christian as exemplified by a ceramic lantern found nearby, which was decorated with five crosses. The lantern has the shape of a miniature church building; an oval opening on one side served to insert an oil lamp. The other sides of the lantern were decorated in geometric patterns, creating a design of palm branches.

The crosses adorned the walls of the lantern, so when the lantern was lit, crosses were projected on the walls and the ceiling.  The wine press at Hamei Yoav and three similar wine presses are located along the ancient road leading from Beit Guvrin to ancient Ashkelon and its port, thereby facilitating the transportation of wine to Ashkelon and onward from the port of Ashkelon to Europe and North Africa. The wine press will undergo conservation and will be incorporated into the modern complex of the banqueting garden, near the spa of Hamei Yo’av.

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BARBRA STREISAND SCHEDULED TO PERFORM IN ISRAEL

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The legendary Barbra Streisand is scheduled to bring her spectacular stage show to Israel for the very first time summer, playing the Bloomfield Stadium on June 20, 2013.   In what The New York Daily News described as “The Hottest Ticket In Town”, Barbra Streisand Live promises to be a magical evening of timeless hits — combining her elegant voice with her trademark self-deprecating humor.

The singer will be touring with a 60-piece orchestra and accompanied by special guests Chris Botti, her son Jason Gould, and sister Roslyn Kind.  Streisand is the only artist ever to receive an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards as well as France’s Legion d’Honneur and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  She is also the recipient of 2 Oscars, 5 Emmys, 10 Grammys, a Tony and 12 Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

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March 2013 News from the Ministry of Tourism of Israel

BEERSHEBA OPENS NEW 1,300-ACRE RIVER PARK
The city of Beersheba has recently unveiled sections of its brand-new 1,300-acre waterfront park. The park will boast a 175-acre waterfront area featuring an artificial lake, recreational facilities, restaurants, cafes and picnic areas, and include a two-mile promenade, indoor “Sportek” complex and amphitheater.

THE NEGEV MUSEUM OF ART IN BEERSHEBA
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City, the Negev Museum of Art is located in a magnificent public structure built by the Turks in the early 1900’s and stands as one of the city’s most popular attractions. The museum boasts two art galleries and offers guided exhibition tours. www.negev-museum.org.il/index_e.php

TEL BEERSHEBA AND ABRAHAM’S WELL, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Just four miles from the modern city of Beersheba lies Tel Beersheba, a UNESCO World Heritage boasting artifacts and remains believed to have been from the biblical city of Beersheba. One of Tel Beersheba’s major attractions is Abraham’s Well, an ancient site from the time of the biblical prophet Abraham which boasts a Visitors’ Center and offers daily multimedia film screenings.

TOUR BEERSHEBA’S HISTORIC TRAIN YARD AND COMPLEX

Travelers to Beersheba can tour the city’s historic Train Yard Complex, a preserved Ottoman train station built in 1915. The complex houses the city’s historic train station and waiting area and features a multimedia presentation telling the history of the complex and city of Beersheba.

NEW BEERSHEBA ART EXPERIENCE OFFERS TRAVELERS AN INSIDER PERSPECTIVE INTO LOCAL ISRAELI ART

Art enthusiasts arriving in Israel can now obtain an insider’s perspective into local Israeli art and culture with the new Beersheba Art Experience tours.  Taking place in the city of Beersheba, the interactive art experience offers photography, drawing and family-friendly art tours led by local artists, as well as workshops focused on felt-making, sculpting, printmaking, batik and musical improvisation. Participants can create custom tours or join existing programs, all of which pass through different areas of the city including the picturesque Ottoman-era courtyard. www.b7artexperience.co.il

CARASSO SCIENCE MUSEUM

Beersheba is home to the Carasso Science Museum, a family-friendly “science park” and Israel’s largest science institution. The state-of-the-art science center boasts monthly exhibitions based upon the themes of science, technology, society and community, including scientific and technological advances in the Negev Desert.

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BEERSHEBA RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD

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Beersheba received the Domus International Design Magazine Award last year for its “Use of Water Elements in Urban Design.” The award was followed by a ceremony on Israel Independence Day in celebration of the city’s use of water for beautification and improvement of environmental quality.

HIGH SPEED TRAIN BETWEEN TEL AVIV AND BEERSHEBA NOW AVAILABLE FOR TRAVELERS

A new high-speed train route

connecting Tel Aviv with Beersheba was launched in July 2012. The train reduces travel time from 76 minutes to 55 minutes, further simplifying transportation between two of Israel’s largest cities.

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