Today’s afternoon adventure was to the newly opened Agam Museum, located in Rishon L’Zion. Our own Arline gave an introduction to Agam and kinetic art as we drove to the museum.
The Museum is very impressive with the colorful 29 columns at the entrance plaza. Once inside, we had an amazing guide Avital, who explained about Agam, the man, his works and the reasoning behind this genius of an artist.
As she was explaining one of Agam’s works of art, she said, “Agam, how nice to see you”!
We all turned around, with our mouths wide open, and there he was in person! What a thrill! He spoke to the group, explaining some of his concepts. Yaacov Agam is now 90 years old and still working – restoring one of his leading works in Israel – musical and fire fountain located in Dizengoff Circle.
The one picture shows Agam intently listening to Susan, one of the CAARI Directors, as she explains our CAARI group. He was also interested in what we liked. Later as we were walking through the museum he came up to us and spoke to us and then he continued working on his project.
Who is Yaacov Agam?
Agam is known as the Father of the Kinetic Movement in Modern Art and one of the world’s leading 20th century artists. He was born in Israel, Rishon LeZion, and studied in Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem and in Zurich and Paris with well known artists. Agam’s works have been displayed in important museums around the world, such as, MoMA, Guggenheim in New York and the Pompidou Center in Paris.
CAARI is full of surprises making this a wonderful way to see and be in Israel! We REALLY see – Israel’s hidden gems!