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Israel Friends of BH Celebrates its Renewal


Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot Celebrates its Renewal at the Opening of Jewish Icons: Andy Warhol and Israeli Artists


On October 28th, over 450 people gathered at Beit Hatfutsot to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Jewish Icons: Andy Warhol and Israeli Artists.  The event marked the relaunching of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot Association and was attended by prominent business leaders, diplomats, and Beit Hatfutsot supporters.  Welcome speeches were delivered by Jacob Perry, Chair, Beit Hatfutsot Board of Directors; Iris Yosef, Acting Chairperson of the Israel Friends; Avinoam Armoni, CEO Beit Hatfutsot; and Irit Admoni Perlman, Director of the Friends Association. A plaque honoring the memory of Edith Teomim, former Chair of Israel Friends, was unveiled.


The exhibition showcased ten portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, the 1980 silk screen print series by the legendary American pop artist Andy Warhol. This collection was recently donated to Beit Hatfutsot by the estate of Allan S. Bird, USA. The portraits in the series include philosopher and educator Martin Buber; physicist and father of the theory of relativity Albert Einstein; father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud; composer George Gershwin; stage actress Sarah Bernhardt; the Marx Brothers–Chico, Groucho, and Harpo – in a joint portrait; writer Franz Kafka; writer Gertrude Stein; Israel’s fourth prime minister, Golda Meir; and Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish US Supreme Court justice.

The exhibition also includes the works of Israeli artists who deal with twentieth-century cultural icons, both Israeli and Jewish. All of the works examine the conceptual and visual significance of the notion of a “cultural hero,” whether Jewish or Israeli.

The event was a great success and we would like to thank both new and long-standing members of Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot Association and all of our guests for attending.