Forever Young – Bob Dylan at 75
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It is difficult to think of a Jewish musician who has had a greater influence on 20th century culture than Bob Dylan. Dylan was one of the greatest American poets, the voice of an entire generation. In 1999, he was included in Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people of the 20th century’ describing him as a “poet, artist, social commentator, and the leading spirit of the anti-culture generation”. In 2016 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. In order to demonstrate to what extent Dylan had become became a myth in his lifetime, Time quoted a line from one of his songs, Jokerman, “You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing”.
Beit Hatfutsot’s exhibition will is designed to show to Museum visitors the complex figure that is Bob Dylan; through film, pictures, images, posters, exhibits and of course a lot of his music.
The exhibition deliberately does not follow the chronological order of his life but rather describes his life story according to three core themes: The social revolution that Dylan caused; Dylan’s influence on music throughout the world; Dylan’s complex relationship with his Jewish identity.
The Artistic Director of the exhibition is Yoav Kutner whose voice will be heard in the audio guide. In the framework of the exhibition there will be on display for the first time in Israel original photographs by Elliott Landy, who was the official photographer of the Woodstock Festival. In addition, a special short documentary film will be produced – ‘My Dylan’ – which will show Dylan’s influence specifically on Israeli music. The film will include a number of leading Israeli musicians, over different generations of the Israeli music scene, who will describe Dylan’s influence on them or a meaningful personal experience they had as a result of his inspirational music.
A New Exhibition in the framework of the festive events taking place as part of the inauguration of the Museum’s New Wing.
On display until November 2017
Opening: May 2016
On display until: November 2017
Exhibition Curators: Amitai Achiman Asaf Galay
Chief Curator: Dr. Orit Shaham Gover
Designers: Tucan Studio
Artistic Director: Yoav Kutner