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Time To Undress: Artist Spencer Tunick returns to Israel in October 2021

Spencer Tunick in the Dead Sea, Israel (2011) / courtesy

The international artist, Spencer Tunick, has announced his return to Israel in October 2021 to help build the Dead Sea Museum in Arad and present another Dead Sea naked photographic exhibition.

Spencer Tunick is returning to Israel to infuse the Dead Sea with fresh energy and excitement. Jordan may have abandoned the Red Sea-to-Dead Sea pipeline project, but Spencer Tunick intends to construct a human pipeline.

Participants interested in participating in Tunick’s new images can register here at Headstart.

The artist’s most recent large public piece in Israel took place in 2011 and had 1200 participants floating in the Dead Sea at Mineral Beach, which is now inaccessible owing to sinkholes. Spencer is recognized for bringing international attention to the Dead Sea’s environmental problems.

“Although 10 years have passed since my last large-scale project in Israel I have remained deeply connected and concerned about the Dead Sea”, continues Spencer, “when I learned from Ari Leon Fruchter about his vision to establish a Dead Sea Museum I decided that it was time to come back and connect people with something new and positive for the Dead Sea’s future”.

From the international photography competition/ Photo credit Eytan Vitkon (organizers use permission)

The Dead Sea Museum began as a virtual museum, created with Ari Leon Fruchter, Neuman Hayner Associates, and Ikonospace. Its inaugural show comprises the winners of an international photography competition devoted to the Dead Sea. Over 5.5 million votes, 3,000 photographers from 40 countries, including Jordan, Bahrain, and Kuwait involve in the first international photo competition for the Dead Sea.

Spencer Tunick served as a judge for the competition and is currently working on a retrospective of his Dead Sea artworks that will debut on September 17th, 2021, ten years after his 2011 installation.

The city of Arad has allotted 22 acres of land for the establishment of a cultural institution and requested Ari Leon Fruchter to design site-specific ideas for the Museum through the non-profit “The Dead Sea Revival Project.”

The Headstart campaign’s primary goal is to raise money for the Dead Sea Museum. “I am excited that Spencer Tunick has decided to support the Dead Sea Museum initiative through his art and hope that the Israeli public will take an active role as well in supporting the Dead Sea’s future by contributing to the campaign” – Ari Leon Fruchter

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