“ I’ve always been fascinated with the stealing of innocence. It’s the most heinous crime, and certainly a capital crime if there ever was one. ”
– Clint Eastwood
Tel-Aviv the white city. Tel-Aviv the little naive city. Tel-Aviv tells its story as a naive city built upon golden sand dunes. Tel-Aviv’s naive story begins with its founding, the construction of little colourful neighbourhoods and continues with the pastel shaded illustrations of Nahum Gutman and other naive artists. Many of the first generation Tel-Aviv artists chose to present Tel-Aviv in a naive fashion. Is Tel-Aviv as naive as it is presented in local and historic art and in its foundation myths? Or are the harmony, naiveness and soft colours a cover for the complex shades of reality? In this Tel-Aviv tour you will experience the ways in which stories, colours and political interests form an urban identity. You will explore the cross cultural aspect of local Tel-Aviv art, from the early 20th century and until today. You will stroll along the little streets presented in the naive art of the first generation of Tel-Aviv artists. This Tel-Aviv tour will lead you between the past and the present, between myths and reality and between the shades of local life. This cross cultural Tel-Aviv tour ends at the Gina Gallery of International Naive Art. Come explore Tel-Aviv through its beautiful tales and encounter its first generation of artists that depicted Tel-Aviv through their ideal eyes. Explore the rich verity of naive artists that currently present the same parts of Tel-Aviv that the first generation did. As you go you will explore how influential narratives are, how urban identities are linked to art and why naiveness is so crucial to Tel-Aviv. Even to Tel-Aviv of today.
Meeting Point: Zamenhoff 1, Tel Aviv
Timetable: 2-3 Hours
Languages: English, Hebrew, French
What People Are Saying
“It’s rare that you follow a city tour in midday sun without even realizing the time passing by as you are listening to the guide’s words spellbound – but this is what might happen to you when participating in one of Ilyll’s cross-cultural Tel Aviv tours.”
– Fabien A.