'Israeli art has an obligation to be impertinent'

President Rivlin attends event marking 70 years of Israeli creativity. "We are known as a people with chutzpah. Our art must be the same."

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

President Rivlin at "Made in Israel" event
President Rivlin at "Made in Israel" event
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President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama on Sunday attended the “Made in Israel” event this evening to mark 70 years of Israeli creativity at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The evening’s event included an installation, performance and an exhibition of Israeli works of art from the collections of the museum to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary. Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa Ron Huldai and the director of the museum, Suzanne Landau, also spoke at the event.

“Israeli art, Israeli creativity, drawing and sculpture, video art and photography are world-renowned. Israeli arts and artists are synonymous with originality, daring and creativity,” said Rivlin in his remarks.

“70 years of creativity is an opportunity to remember 70 years of commitment to art,” he continued. “A commitment to hold an undistorted mirror in front of us, a commitment to be a mouth for those whose voices are not heard, a commitment to look the world in the face and to challenge it.”

“We Israelis are known as a people with chutzpah, an impudent people. There is no doubt that Israeli art has an obligation to be impertinent. Israeli creativity and Israeli artists have always been faithful to that obligation. We all hope they remain so for the next 70 years,” concluded Rivlin.