News in Brief

Conductor Dudamel angered by airport treatment

Acclaimed Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel says he may never return to Israel, after being subjected to lengthy security questioning at Ben-Gurion International Airport, both when arriving and departing. The 32-year-old recently appeared here as a guest of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. IPO manager Avi Shoshani said that while an orchestra representative met Dudamel on the tarmac, in keeping with his VIP status, once the airport authorities stop someone for questioning, he is separated from his host. Shoshani said that if Dudamel had shown the security personnel his invitation from the IPO, which includes contact numbers to verify the guest's status, the unpleasantness would have been avoided. Dudamel has been a frequent guest conductor with the IPO in recent years. (Haggai Hitron )

Alex Levac claims Israel Museum prize

Haaretz photographer Alex Levac has won the Israel Museum's NIS 20,000 Enrique Kalvin Photography Prize for lifetime achievement. "Levac, in his work, succeeds in sketching out a portrait of Israeli society and Israeli history," the museum said. Painter Efrat Natan won the museum's Sandberg Prize (NIS 40,000 ), while Dana Levy was named winner of the Beatrice S. Kolliner Award for a young Israeli artist (NIS 37,000 ). The prizes are awarded every two years. (Ellie Armon Azoulay )

Attai Chen wins top crafts award

Jewelry maker Attai Chen has won the Andrea M. Bronfman Prize for the Arts ("The Andy" ) for 2014. The prize is funded by Charles Bronfman and the Tel Aviv Museum, in honor of Bronfman's late wife, and is awarded to exceptional artists in the field of ceramics, gold and silver smithing, textiles, glasswork and fashion. Chen is a graduate of Jerusalem's Bezalel - Academy of Arts and Design. He now lives in Munich, has exhibited at numerous group shows and is the winner of several prizes. (Yuval Sa'ar )