Inauguration Ceremony of Historic KH Poster Exhibit at Ben Gurion Airport    

on  11/06/2010 

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Outgoing passengers at Ben Gurion Airport will now be able to get a quickie course in the history of Israel as they await their flights, taking with them uplifting Zionist images as they leave the country – thanks to Keren Hayesod-UIA:  90 Years of Vision, a new exhibit of Keren Hayesod posters on display at the departures area of BGA. 

At the inauguration ceremony for the exhibit, which took place on June 8th 2010, Ben Gurion airport manager, Shmuel Kandel, thanked Keren Hayesod for the historic exhibition, stressing the importance of Keren Hayesod’s ongoing contribution to Israeli society.  Present in the audience were member of the KH Executive, Danny Liwerant, KH management and staff, and families of illustrators Paul Korr (Kornovsky) and Franz Krausz.

 Shaul Ravid, Shmuel Kandel

Shaul Ravid, Deputy Director General of Keren Hayesod and Shmuel Kandel Ben Gurion airport manager

The exhibit displays posters that are included in the Book of Keren Hayesod Posters, which documents the history of Keren Hayesod - and of Israel - from the time of its establishment in 1920 to the present. The book, which will be published in five languages, will be officially launched during the forthcoming KH World Conference

Amb. Avi Pazner

Amb. Avi Pazner, World Chairman of Keren Hayesod

Outgoing World Chairman of Keren Hayesod,  Amb. Avi Pazner, expressed appreciation to the Airport Authority for hosting the exhibit, noting that it is an appropriate parting gift upon completion of his tenure.  He thanked Shaul Ravid, Deputy Director General of Keren Hayesod, who provided the impetus for the initiative, as well as artist and graphic designer Professor David Tartakover, who developed the concept, composed the Book of KH Posters, and curated the exhibit. 

Minister of Information and Diaspora Affairs, Yuli Edelstein, praised the work of Keren Hayesod in serving as a bridge between Israel and the Diaspora and stressed the importance of the exhibit, which imprints a positive image of Israel on outgoing passengers.

Dubbing the exhibition site in BGU, the “National Gallery,” Tartokover, who is an Israel Prize Laureate (2002), summarized the importance of the poster and explained the significance of the collection, which reflects the changing ideological perceptions of Zionism over time.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, David Tartakover gave the audience a brief guided tour of the exhibit

L-R: Danny Liwerant; KH-Executive member, Professor David Tartakover, Amb. Avi Pazner; World Chairman of Keren Hayesod, Yuli Edelstein; Minister of Information and Diaspora Affairs and Shmuel Kandel; Ben Gurion airport manager


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