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Mayor Ron and Yael Huldai
Mayor Ron and Yael Huldai
Artist Yigal Ozeri and Shuli Kislev, deputy director of Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Artist Yigal Ozeri and Shuli Kislev, deputy director
of Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Christopher and Suzanne Ponsot, of American Friends of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Christopher and Suzanne Ponsot, of
American Friends of
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Jerome Stern and Stanley Batkin
Jerome Stern and Stanley Batkin

Leon and Michaela Constantiner
Leon and Michaela Constantiner
   
TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART
Art Loving Mayor Holds
Best Job In The World

R
ON HULDAI
was born to a dirt-poor family in Kibbutz Hulda, a very small farmerís community. "The only thing we were rich with was culture," he said.

His father, born in Lodz, Poland, filled the living room with reproductions of paintings by Van Gogh, Modigliani and Miro. He didnít have enough money to buy picture frames so he made them himself.

Addressing the American Friends of Tel Aviv Museum of Art at the Pierre Hotel in New York, Huldai said, "If my father were here heíd point to all the paintings being auctioned here and say, ĎRon, look at those wonderful frames!í"

Huldai is chair of the Tel Aviv Museum. In his spare time he runs the city. Heís been the mayor since 1998. "For someone who loves art, itís the best job in the world to be mayor of Israelís center of culture, a city thriving with dance, theater, film, literature."

The museum was created 80 years ago when the cityís first mayor, Meir Dizengoff, opened his living room and art collection to the public. The museum relocated to its own building. In 1948 David Ben-Gurion chose to declare the independence of the State of Israel in the museum.

"To us the Tel Aviv Museum is what the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is to Americans ó a place that symbolizes the birth of a nation," Huldai said.

The museum continues to expand. In October Huldai, as the museumís chairman, inaugurated the Herta and Paul Amir Building at a cost of $50 million. Huldai presented the couple with the Patrons of the Art Award at the New York dinner. Donald Sultan received the Artist of the Year Award.

To coincide with the opening of the new Tel Aviv Museum, Mayor Huldai will launch a campaign to brand Tel Aviv as a global city.

"Our strategic plan," he said, "is to position Tel Aviv as an international financial and cultural center. We will start with a Year of Art, featuring dozens of exhibitions, conferences, community projects, educational initiatives and festivities. We are sure that the Year of Art, and the Tel Aviv Museum it celebrates, will attract art lovers from around the globe."

Trustee Ed Blank with Cynthia and Seymour Reich
Trustee Ed Blank with Cynthia and Seymour Reich
Fashion designer Caroline Cameron and artist Nir Hod
Fashion designer Caroline Cameron and artist Nir Hod
Eileen Kaminsky and artist Yigal Ozeri
Eileen Kaminsky and artist Yigal Ozeri
Cynthia and Seymour Reich view art auction
Cynthia and Seymour Reich view art auction

 


 

 

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