Long Live Mayor Meir Dizengoff!
The Man, Tel Aviv and its Residents
Meir Dizengoff was 50 years old when he was elected head of the Tel Aviv Committee in 1911, after many years of Zionist endeavor and experience as a businessman. From that time until his death in 1936 (except for the years 1926-1928) Dizengoff was mayor of Tel Aviv.
There is no doubt that his personality affected the character of Tel Aviv. In his vision it was a secular and vibrant city, free of the burden of history. To him the city embodied the Zionist ideal of Jewish labor and symbolized Jewish independence. Dizengoff's Tel Aviv was a unique urban center, a kind of urban bubble in an agricultural landscape, a vivacious center of business, culture and entertainment, in fact - the city we know today.
The exhibition presents the special reciprocal ties that Dizengoff maintained with Tel Aviv and its residents. The city's notable ceremonies, cultural events, and economic enterprises cultivated by Dizengoff (such as the Adloyada, the Maccabiah , the Levant Fair and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art), which contributed to the character of Tel Aviv as a city that never sleeps, commenced with the city's beginnings - all these reflect the special relationship between Dizengoff, the city and its residents.
On September 23, 1936 Dizengoff died after a prolonged illness. The city announced three days of mourning. "Until his last breath he did not stop dreaming the city's development and glory," (Davar).
Curator Nava Schreiber
Closes: November 21, 2009