Fascinating exhibition, ‘Forbidden Museum: X-ray Audio in the USSR, 1946-1964‘, about the use of x-ray film for Russian gramophone record bootlegging. The mock bootlegger’s office was one of the best ‘let’s recreate a lived space’ that I’ve seen. You really did feel that the bootlegger had just stepped out. It was unfortunate that they then had to have a guard permanently posted there to tell you not to step too far in.
A rather odd addition to the exhibition was two rooms showing short documentaries about censorship of music in other contexts. This included a heartbreaking one about the persecution of musicians under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Visited: 1 February 2018
Entrance to ‘Forbidden Music’
Gramophone record made from used x-ray film. There was another of a skull but most were just random x-rays.
Mock up of a bootleggers office. As well as the main door where I took this photograph there was also a little peep hole where you could look into the room which was pretty cute.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art. This was part of the enormous modern addition to the original building which had its own entrance. It was spectacular but design did make it pretty confusing trying to navigate the building inside. Every gallery was also named after whoever donated the money to build it. This was extended to corridors as well! I struck this pretty much everywhere in Israel. If you gave money your name was up on the wall.