February 20, 2014

Bezalel Students pay tribute to Raoul Wallenberg

The IRWF, the Bezalel Academy and the Swedish Embassy will explore different cooperation options to promote and divulge the exhibit

The art exhibition “Portraits of Raoul Wallenberg”  was inaugurated yesterday at the private residence of HE Carl Magnus Nesser, Swedish Ambassador to Israel.

The exhibition, featuring 25 paintings will remain opened to the public till February 25th, 2014.

About 80 students from all the departments of the Bezalel Academy registered for the special workshop which resulted in 45 paintings being submitted to a special committee, of which 25 paintings were selected to participate at the exhibition. Three students won prizes and one of them was distinguished with an honorable mention.

The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is Israel’s oldest institute of higher education, established over a century ago, and is widely recognized as Israel’s leading Academy of Art, Design and Architecture, one of the most prestigious in the world.

The workshop was led by Professor Jossef Krispel and it involved a lecture by Ambassador Nesser that focused on Raoul Wallenberg’s feats and legacy and other lectures related to portraiture.

First place was awarded to Omri Danino, a second-year student in the Department of Fine Arts.

Second place was awarded to Shir Pacman, a first-year student in the Department of Screen Based Arts and grand-daughter of a Shoah survivor.

Third place went to Konstantin Yermakov, a fourth-year student in the Department of Architecture.

The Honorable Mention was awarded to Sapir Gal, a third-year student in the Department of Fine Arts.

Among the attendants of the exhibition was Mr. Dan Meridor, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bezalel Academy, its President, Prof. Eva Illouz, its Vice-President of International Affairs, Ms. Liv Sperber, Mr. Danny Rainer, Vice-President of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and Mr. Max Grunberg, recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal.

During the event, Prof. Illouz, Ms. Sperber and Mr. Rainer agreed to explore the different venues of cooperation between the Bezalel Academy and the IRWF, in connection with the Raoul Wallenberg Portraits exhibition as well as with the Armand Vallee’s “The Wallenberg Series” which was donated to the Wallenberg Foundation by the Vallee’s estate and was successfully exhibited in New York.