The Eretz Israel Museum is a favorite. Situated on a 20-acre grounds in Ramat Aviv neighborhood in Northern Tel Aviv, it was established in the 50s when Israel was a young independent state. Composed of 15 beautifully-designed pavilions and installations, each is dedicated to such subjects, as glass, ceramics, and coins. The Museum was designed by brilliant German-born architect Werner Joseph Wittkover (1903-97), the younger brother of famed architectural historian Rudolf Wittkower, who settled in Palestine in the 30s. In an age when museums are becoming more global, more digital, more enormous, when the museum IS architecture and vice versa, there is something to say about the cozy and welcoming sense of familiarity that the Eretz Israel Museum preserves, making you feel 'at home.'
Hundreds of artists are represented at the Biennale, many of whom were unfamiliar to me, some use craft in inventive ways. I was disappointed not to see any representation by Erez Nevi Pana and Shmuel Linski, two local designers whose work I find intriguing and relevant. Here are my selects, representing what I view as the most innovative and successful products in this show. More images will be added here next week.
Above: Porcelain by Dikla Moskowitz. Photography Hadar Sayfan.