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a bit about Iris
What are you working on these days?
Curator of the Dubi Shiff art collection, and of the exhibition of selected artwork from the collection that is now on view at the Leonardo Art Hotel tel aviv. Custom made art tours of the best show’s at the moment + studio visits.
What drives you mad these days?
That I don’t get to see all the show’s I want. There’s never enough time to it all, art, drinks, friends, and I constantly feel like i’m missing out on something. Tel Aviv is so vibrant and there’s always something on and I wish I could be at more than one place at a time.
What makes you happy?
Going to my home beach – Geula, after a long hectic day around the city. I have to see the sea at least once a day, with my dog Bella running and playing in the sand, the sea is definitely the first thing that makes me feel good.
When was the last time you cried?
Turned 30 (!!!!) few days ago, tears of joy of course.
Name 3 contemporary Israeli Artist worth looking out for?
Ilit Azoulay is a super talented photographer and she’s gaining important international recognition lately, Alma Itzhaky is a young and promising painter that capture clearly something of the Israeli essence, and Alona Rodeh that her works are just brilliant. For a more comprehensive look on Israeli art check out The Art Lab.
What was the last movie sou watched and was it any good?
Suffragette, must see. The road to true gender equality is still so very long, and it’s important to remember that and to make right by it how ever we can.
What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv – to meet a friend or use as your base for all your meetings?
Sheleg, definitely. It’s like a black dress that always work- friday long girlish meet, hasty weekday breakfast with my husband, or early night solo drink with a colleague. I love the atmosphere and that it’s 2 min. from our place. The food is simple and always fresh, and the crowed is always fine.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in Tel Aviv?
It’s hard to pick because there are so many, I mostly walk to all the art spots so I’ve got my routs basicly everywhere, but kerem hateymanim is definitely a place to wander thru it’s small streets. It has so much character and charm to it. plus the scents of spices and cooking from every corner and so many fabulous spots to satisfy your cravings. I also love the path from the Marina parallel to the sea, you would not believe you are in the city center and so isolated at the same time.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Tel Aviv but never actually do?
Go up the Azriely tower observation deck, I’m a sucker for high city points.
What’s the best exhibition you saw abroad lately?
It’s been a crazy year for me, I’m lucky to have seen a lot of good shows all over. I would point out Naoshima Island in Japan, a tiny island that is devoted to art and one of the strongest experiences I’ve had. The Lee Ufan museum was a perfect combination of brilliant simplicity and aesthetics that left a huge impression on me. Following that was the preview events at the art Biennale in Venice, Shilpa Guupta and Rashid Rana exhibition ‘My East Is Your West’ was very strong conceptual wise and with each artist unique inputes.
What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?
Extra strong Pina Colada on the beach reading all my unfinished weekend newspapers.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?
In Tel Aviv it’s usually raining for 3 hours at the most, so probably the movies or the Tel Aviv Museum, depending on my mood.
What’s that place in Tel Aviv that you feel like only you know about? Where’s your secret spot and what make it special for you?
Inside the studio of an artist I love, smelling the strong scent of paint and getting a first glimpse of a new body of works that is still in process.
If tomorrow was your last day in Tel Aviv before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
Surely it will be a very long day… and it will include lots of drinks all over. Probably start a walk on the beach and fresh juice at Shuk Hacarmel. I’ll meet my friends for brance at Manta Rey or Orna and Ela. Walk around Levinsky market to grab a few things to take with me, and stop for a beer at Mati. Dinner with my family at my Mom’s house because no place beats that, and then get ready to start the night in the Minzar.
What is the ultimate city tour for you?
I love city tours and always do it when I travel. First and important thing is the starting time, I prefer a cozy awakening and relaxed good morning coffee. Second thing is the amount, not more than 3-4 spots that are logically located and enrich one another, and last but not least – to end it with the best local place for lunch. A good tour should concentrate on a main thing, but allow the city surrounding and cool spots to be noticed along the way because it’s your way of gathering local recommendations for the rest of your stay. A good tour depends much on the guide of course, but because I plan customize art tours, I think that the vibe of the clients should also very much set the tone.
Where do you buy your wardrobe?
I love second hand and Vintage, luckily I have on Geula St. VANITY where I always find what I want. Israeli designers such as Aviva Zilberman and Sarah Brown are my favorite, as so Shoofra for shows. And it always helps to be tuned in for Pop Up stores and cool private sales happening at the moment.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Planning trips to exotic locations.