|"Israel Fashion Art" by Nurit Bat-Yaar book's jacket|
Photo on left by Miri Davidovits. Author's portrait by Ron Kedmi.
experience architechtulary, artistically and socially. The museum's 6 new floors were overflowing
with art lovers of all ages and there were quite a number of fashionistas dressed in individualistic
looks expressing exciting personal styles.
Yet, in the midst of all the excitement I couldn't help feeling sad that the person behind this initiative,
Prof. Motty Omer, General Manager and Chief curator of Tel-Aviv Museum Of Art wasn't there
to enjoy this great achievement of his. It was he who chose American architect Preston Scott to create this geometric structure regarded as part of the sercond wave of unique wow architecture after Farnk Gery's Bilbau's Guggenheim.
Unfortunately, Prof. Omer, passed away several months before the new structure was completed.
This was a very sad experience for me personally as well. About 3-4 months before Prof. Omer left for a better world - I met him at the opening of an art exhibit in one of the galleries of the old building. It was after my book "Israel Fashion Art" "שיכרון עיצובים - אמנות האופנה בישראל" (Resling) came out and was sold in the Museum's lovely book and artifacts store.
Prof. Omer must have read the book and I can only assume that he was highly impressed by it, particularly by the chapters devoted to the love story between fashion and art and the dialogue between fashion and sculpture . Because, when he saw me at that opening at the gallery mentioned above - he told me: "It's about time we do something together". Since I very much wanted to curate a fashion exhibit as as continuation to the book, I replied: "בשמחה רבה" meaning "with great joy".
To emphasie his true intention Prof. Omer repeated his suggestion: "הגיע הזמן שנעשה משהו ביחד" and I,
in response, repeated my reply: "gladly, with great joy". But, life apparently had other plans, as shortly afterword Prof. Omer had to be hospitalised, eventually leaving the mondane art world in order to perhaps meet in heaven art's greatest masters. May his soul rest in peace.
|The new Tel-Aviv Museum structure inaugurated Nov.1,2011|