Director and Curator of the Negev Museum of Art: Dalia Manor
Far South at the service of the culture
Beer Sheva, the capital of the neglected Negev, will become Israel’s 2nd economic hub with a multi-faceted development: expansion of the Ben Gurion University campus, establishment of extremely innovative start-ups, and last but not least, a future Pentagon. A little history: After the Byzantines who abandoned the city in the 7th century, the Ottomans who occupied Palestine were not interested in the site until the end of the 19th century. Beer Sheva was then described by European pilgrims as an arid land with a well and a handful of Bedouins leading their flocks to quench their thirst.The Ottomans built a magnificent mosque that is now the Negev Museum of Islamic Arts and a recent building that houses the works of Kadishman and other contemporary Israeli artists who have donated major works, listen to Dalia Manor, director and curator of the two museums: Negev Museum of Arts of Beer Sheva and Museum of Islamic and Eastern Cultures. She is also the author of Art in Zion: The Genesis of Modern National Art in Jewish Palestine.