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Dead and Naked… Tunick’s Dead Sea photo revealed

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October 26, 2011
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Spencer Tunick’s Dead Sea art installation “Naked sea” revealed. 1,200 people bared all to support the environment in this breath-taking, historical event.

“Naked Sea”, artist Spencer Tunick’s awe-inspiring first image from his extraordinary artwork created on the shores of the Dead Sea has been revealed. Tunick located his art project in Israel with the purpose of supporting the global campaign to promote voting for the Dead Sea as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. The campaign was originated by the New7Wonders Foundation, headed by Bernard Weber, to find the world’s new ‘seven wonders’ and is in its final stage ending 11.11.11.

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Redesigning Tel Aviv

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October 26, 2011
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New Tel Aviv Museum of Art building to be inaugurated on November 2. So what’s in plan?

The new Tel Aviv Museum of Art building will be inaugurated on November 2, along with the completion of the City Culture Square, which includes the Cameri Theater, the Israeli Opera House and the Beit Ariela library.

The Tel Aviv Municipality will take the opportunity to declare 2012 as the city’s year of art, with dozens of artistic projects, exhibitions and festivals planned.

What will the new building include? An extensive collection of Israeli art in three huge showrooms, a design gallery, a drawing and printing gallery, an art library, a concert auditorium, shows and films, and a gallery for changing exhibitions.

The building will be named after donors Shmuel and Herta Amir, and will include an addition of some 18 square meters (194 square feet) at a total investment of about $50 million.

A sculptural object named “Lightfall”, which allows natural light to flow into many corners, will be placed at the center of the building.

“The museum plan challenged me: How to combine rectangular showrooms in a triangular site,” says American architect Preston Scott Cohen, who designed the building. “We decided to turn the triangle into a square by building the floors in the form of a spiral around one axis.”

And what will be displayed in the new building? German artist Anselm Kiefer will inaugurate the building with his exhibition “Breaking of the Vessels”, organized by late Professor Mordechai Omer, the museum’s director and chief curator, who was behind the expansion project before his death.

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Model/Boxer Ilya Grad becomes only Israeli to ever enter Malaysia, wave flag of Israel and leave in one piece

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October 26, 2011
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Israeli boxer a reality star in Malaysia

Ilya Grad, 24, made history when he became the first Israeli to enter Malaysia, after receiving specialpermission from the country’s Muslim authorities, in order to participate in a national TV reality show on boxing.

Grad, a former Israeli Muay Thai champion, the 2010 Asia champion and the second runner-up in the world championship, has been living and training in Thailand for the past four years. He has already won 38 competitions, and lost only nine times.

Malaysian television station AXN recently invited 16 of the world’s best boxers to participate in a reality show called “The Challenger Muaythai”. They live in the same house, eatand train together, and in the evenings they fight in a ring in front of the cameras.

Grad was nicknamed “Achilles” and had the honor of representing Israelin a country which legally bans the entry of Israelis.

“My friends and family asked if I was crazy when I just received the invitation,” he recalls. “They asked why would I want to do it, told me not to go and warned that I could get in trouble. But I decided that I wanted to do it because of the sportive challenge and in order to be the first person to wave the flag of Israel there.”

Despite the producers’ promise to guarantee his safety, when Grad landed in the Kuala Lumpur airport he was detained for 25 hours and wasn’t allowed to enter the country until the Malaysian sports minister personally intervened.

The Israeli boxer was eventually allowed to enter the country and received a special visa, but his passportwas not stamped.

“When I wanted to start the first fight, the producers demanded that I carry a flag of Russia, the country I was born in. It was absurd, and I explained to them that if I was forced to do that I would fly back home immediately,” he says. “They eventually gave in and waved our flag on prime time TV.”

The local audience was not as enthusiastic, responding with booing and loud roars.

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