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Opening Ceremonies of the Herta and Paul Amir Building & the 36th International Board of Governors Meetings
Tel Aviv, 27 October – 1 November 2011
In honor of the Grand Opening of the Herta and Paul Amir building and the 36th International Board of Governors, the Museum hosted an unparalleled week of festivities and celebrations. These special events would not have been made possible without the support and generosity of our long-standing donors and friends.
The week of events kicked off on Thursday, 27 October 2011, with a cocktail reception in the Bruce and Ruth Rappaport Foyer, an exclusive preview of the flagship exhibition by Anselm Kiefer, Shevirat Ha-Kelim [Breaking of the Vessels], and a lecture by the artist himself. Kiefer’s exhibition was then opened in the Lilly & Yoel Moshe Elstein Multi-Purpose Gallery, attended by donors and friends of the Museum from Israel and abroad.
On Friday, Irith Rappaport and Glen Perry hosted the traditional welcome Shabbat dinner, which was entitled Discover and Rediscover at the magnificent Theatre Club in Yafo. Among the evening’s entertainment were dazzling performances from students at Tel Aviv’s Ironi Alef High School for the Arts and guitarist, Avi Singolda, and his talented band.
On Saturday night, Friends of the Museum were treated to a cocktail reception, followed by an exclusive concert by pianist Naomi Kudo, winner of the Irving and Mollie Sanders Memorial Juilliard / Tel Aviv Museum of Art Prize for 2011, beautifully preformed in the Jeannette and Yehuda Assia Auditorium.
On Sunday morning, an exclusive guided tour of Sotheby's Dream Object exhibition of Contemporary Israeli Design was given by the curator Nirith Nelson.
Later that day, the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Herta and Paul Amir Building began with an exclusive preview cocktail in the presence of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, in the Museum Plaza. More than a thousand guests attended the Opening Ceremony, which was officially opened with speeches by President Peres, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai, Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, Haim Samet. The speeches were punctuated by musical and theatrical performances, a heartfelt tribute to the Museum’s late Director and Chief Curator, Prof. Motti Omer, and a spectacular video mapping show projected on the Museum’s façade, specifically produced for the event.
The 36th annual International Board of Governors Meetings opened on Monday with an address from the Museum’s Chairman of the International Board of Governors and the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Mr. Ron Huldai. A festive luncheon, generously sponsored by Christie's Israel, was held on the Museum’s new terrace donated by Margrit and Yaakov Chai.
In the evening, a cocktail reception was held, followed by the Museum’s Honorary Fellow Award Ceremony and Museum Art Prizes in the Jeanette and Yehuda Assia Auditorium. The 2011 Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Herta and Paul Amir, for their continual and outstanding support of the Museum and the Arts.
The Inauguration festivities were capped off on Tuesday, with a prestigious Architecture Symposium: A New Perspective – Contemporary Architecture of Museums in the Jeannette and Yehuda Assia Auditorium. Dr. Eran Neuman, engaged audiences with thought-provoking concepts of Museum Architecture, and the Symposium’s keynote speaker, the Herta and Paul Amir Building’s architect Prof. Preston Scott Cohen, shared his passion and insight with guests and students of architecture. The panel of prestigious international architects included Prof. Jeffrey Kipnis, Prof. Sylvia Lavin, Prof. Nanako Umemoto, Prof. Jesse Reiser, Prof. Iñaki Ábalos, Prof. Daniel Shererand Prof. Ben van Berkel.