Dosh on Display

An exhibition on cartoonist Kariel Gardosh's works will open at the Land of Israel Museum in Tel Aviv tomorrow.

Hundreds of works by cartoonist Kariel Gardosh, who became famous under his pen name Dosh, will be showcased at an exhibit that opens tomorrow at the Land of Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. Dosh, who died seven years ago last month, became famous in part thanks to the cartoon character Srulik, featured in many of his works. Srulik was an Israeli figure with a naive expression and kova tembel, the classic Israeli, round brimless hat.

Dosh was the first Israeli cartoonist to have his work published in a newspaper daily. The exhibit, curated by Michal Broshi, displays works sketched over a period of 50 years.

Dosh was born Kariel Gardosh in 1921 in Budapest, Hungary, to an assimilated Jewish family. In 1946, he moved to France and two years later, immigrated to Israel. At first he related to cartooning as a temporary job, until he learned Hebrew and could move on to journalistic and literary writing. In the end, however, he stuck to this profession.

His first cartoons were published in Davar Hashavua and Ashmoret, and afterwards in Ha'olam Hazeh. In 1953, Dosh went over to the mass circulation daily Ma'ariv, where he published cartoons until his death in 2000. Over the years he also published articles, stories and skits.

In addition to cartooning, Dosh also illustrated many books, among them children's books and those written by his friend Ephraim Kishon. He also published a number of books on his own, among them "The Sinai Haggadah," "The Fabulous Book of Smoking and Folks" and "So Sorry We Won" (together with Ephraim Kishon). The exhibit will close on August 30.