Documentary Film Screening – Tikotin, A Life Devoted to Japanese Art

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, in collaboration with the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival,  and the Mandel JCC present the  film Tikotin, A Life Devoted to Japanese Art. A discussion led by Morikami’s Chief Curator and Cultural Director, Tamara Joy will follow the film.


  • Cost: $10 for non-members, $7 for members
  • Advance ticket purchase required
  • Tickets will be held at the door under your name
  • Time: 7:00pm (museum doors open at 6:00pm)
  • Please note that the Cornell Café and Gardens will be closed for the evening.

Felix Tikotin (1893-1986): sophisticate, bon vivant, egocentric and pioneer in collecting Japanese art. By the early 1930s, he drew together an impressive collection of Japanese woodcuts, prints, paintings and ceramics. As a Jew, Tikotin fled from Berlin to Holland, where he and his family survived the war in hiding. In this gripping documentary, Tikotin’s grandson Jaron Borensztajn interviews Tikotin’s family members and friends in Israel and across Europe to unravel his grandfather’s complicated past. A portrait emerges of a charismatic, strong, but also headstrong man whose family always came second to his pursuit of art. Today, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art shines on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.


B.A., M.A. East Asian Languages and Cultures and Art History, Indiana University. Joy is responsible for the Morikami’s overall cultural and artistic programming and the growth and conservation of the permanent collection. Prior to joining the Morikami in 2014, Joy served as Curator of Asian and Middle Eastern Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, Manager of Curatorial Affairs at the Japan Society Gallery in New York and Curatorial Fellow for Asian Textiles at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. She has been curator for over 100 exhibits and has been author of and contributor to several books, catalogs and articles. Joy has spent time living and researching in Japan, particularly in the Tohoku region of northern Honshu.

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