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The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has quite a good collection. I cannot say I was stunned by it though. No. Most art museums of any big European city have better collections. In fact, one would expect much more from the primary art hub of Israel. Couldn’t the diaspora contribute more to the museum? Couldn’t the State of Israel, far from being the poorest country in the world, buy more?

The museum does have Edouard Manet, Eugene Delacroix and a lot of Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. But what it has of those great artists is mediocre and probably constitute the sorry remains, unwanted by the world’s great museums and shrewd private collectors. The quality of Manet’s piece is particularly horrifying (was the artist drunk at the moment of creating it? unconscious? dead?).

I understand though how difficult it must be to build up a good collection by a museum of a town, which is 100 years old, in a country, which is 60 years old. This museum is in no position to compete with art galleries of Europe or the States. What it does now is focusing on modern art, collaborating with Western museums, and promoting talented Israeli artists. This is a good strategy.

The exhibition, which I liked very much, is a photography exhibition by Lena Liv, a native of St Petersburg, entitled ‘Cathedrals for the Masses’. She took pictures of Moscow’s metro stations. Liv’s pictures are amazing. I am afraid that only one collage is available online. I am putting it into the post. Imagine that she had more than a dozen of such collages, all taken using different photography techniques and featuring Muscovites of various social classes and in the most bizarre poses.

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According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the Dheisheh Refugee camp is the 6th biggest in the West Bank with about 13,000 inhabitants. The camp was created outside of Bethlehem in 1949 to accommodate 3,400 Palestinians from 45 villages west of Jerusalem and Hebron who fled during the 1948 War.

Like another refugee camp I once visited in Tyre, Lebanon, the Dheisheh camp is very neat and tidy. Yet its streets are narrow. Accommodation is compact and tight. Apparently, 15% of houses are not connected to the central sewage.

Graffiti is everywhere in the camp. Probably, it is the highest graffiti density that I have ever seen on my travels in the Middle East thus far.

All pictures in this post are mine. Therefore, I apologise for the quality.

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These amusing graffiti of the ‘Lego policemen’ appear in various places in Tel Aviv. I see those guys every time I head to the beach.

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Here are a few selected pictures from my travels in Israel and the West Bank.

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