Etgar was born in Jerusalem in 1947 and received his BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem.

In 1999 he founded the Museum on the Seam; the first socio-political contemporary art museum in Israel and since then he resides as its artistic Director and Curator.

"Museum on the Seam is one of 29 leading art venues around the world" - The New York Times

Since the museum's opening he initiates and maintains exhibitions that deal with issues at the center of public discussion and in the spirit of human rights and civic duties, out of a profound commitment to bring moral and social change through fine contemporary art from Israel and the world. During these years Etgar curated a number of exhibitions.

In 2000 Etgar initiates exhibition COEXISTENCE:  This large scale travelling exhibition incorporates leading artists from around the world and have been displayed in over 30 cities in different continents, calls for  mutual understanding between fellow humans, nations and religions and its opening ceremonies are attended by local leaders of the states it encounters on its global journey. During these years Etgar lectured and directed projects in central academies around Europe.

Coexistence is more than a concept or a popular idea for our new global culture. It involves changing our lives and changing the way we think.

Event co-ordinator

Jill Oakley is the driving force behind bringing this exhibition to New Zealand. Arts lover and a proud Wellingtonian, Jill is committed to staging COEXISTENCE in our capital city and sharing its message with as wide an audience as possible.