It Was Supposed to Be the Exhibition of the Year. Then Coronavirus Hit

With works worth $140 million and the presence of star-artist Jeff Koons, this Tel Aviv exhibit was poised to become the event of the year. But American-Israeli Jose Mugrabi and wife Marie, who contributed the works, learned the coronavirus has other plans

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A Hulk Elvis sculpture shown at the exhibition 'Jeff Koons: Absolute Value / From the Collection of Marie and Jose Mugrabi' at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Scarier than the coronavirus: A Hulk Elvis sculpture shown at 'Jeff Koons: Absolute Value / From the Collection of Marie and Jose Mugrabi' at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Credit: Jeff Koons / Photo: Tom Powel Im
Haim Handwerker
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Jose Mugrabi. 'I bought works by Andy Warhol for pennies; I have around 500 of them.'Credit: Meged Gozny
Part of the exhibition 'Jeff Koons: Absolute Value / From the Collection of Marie and Jose Mugrabi'. Credit: Elad Sarig
From the Jeff Koons exhibition at Tel Aviv Museum of Art.Credit: Elad Sarig
Marie and Jose first met in Brazil; he was 22 years old and she was 14. They met again some years later when she went to visit her sister in Colombia.Credit: Meged Gozani

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