Curators: Ilana Carmeli Lener and Rafi Vazane.
Opening: 30.5.2019 at 20:00.
“Moshe” – a new exhibition forming part of a series on cultural heroes in the Israeli Design Season in Holon – is dedicated to the late singer Mike Brant, whose meteoric rise on the world’s stage redefined success for a local cultural hero and the phenomenon of mass adoration for an Israeli star in Israel and overseas.
Mike Brant, the son of disadvantaged Holocaust survivors from Haifa, burst onto the consciousness of the young country in the 1960s, at a time when the dominant musical style was still expressed in patriotic songs celebrating Zionism and national hopes and dreams.
The personal story of Brant, who was born Moshe Michael Brand to Holocaust survivors in a refugee camp in Cyprus, was from the start a source of interest and admiration for the media and the public. From his childhood in Haifa, to the fateful moment when his talent was discovered at an Iranian nightclub by French singer Sylvie Vartan and he became a superstar, to his tragic death by suicide at the age of 28 – within a short time Brant managed to attract everyone who dreamed of shattering the glass ceiling.
With precise and meticulous professional work, a moving and unique voice, daring, and an exceptional stage presence accompanied by charisma, sex appeal and phenomenal talent, he won a place for himself in the pantheon of entertainment stars. His songs, focusing on his personal hopes and dreams, became a source of identification and a model for emulation by his masses of fans worldwide.
Visitors to this exhibition can expect a rare glimpse into Mike Brant’s personal moments through a collection of original items collected and preserved during his life and after his tragic death in 1975, owned by his brother Zvika Brand and his niece Yona Brand.
The exhibition includes clothing designed for Mike Brant in the years 1970-1975 – suits, coats, fashion accessories and shoes, gold records, prizes and certificates, photographs from private albums exhibited for the first time, video clips including extracts from the movie “Laisse moi t’aimer” directed by Erez Laufer, collector’s items including statuettes, works of art and fan albums, photographic portraits taken during his career, articles and international magazine covers, original manuscripts, personal documents and personal fashion items, reflecting the 1970s, recognized as an iconic decade of great importance in the history of modern fashion.
Beit Meirov Gallery, 31 Herzfeld St., Holon. Tel: 03-6516851
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Thu 17:00-20:00; Fri, Sat 10:00-13:00
Entrance to municipal galleries in Holon is free of charge.