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Bauhaus: #itsalldesign | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Bauhaus: #itsalldesign | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

9 Exhibition Openings At Tel Aviv Museum Of Art To Get Excited For In 2016

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Updated: 13 March 2016
Tel Aviv is not short of art museums; however, one of the most impressive art museums in Israel is undoubtedly the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, one of Israel’s leading artistic and cultural institutions. The museum’s collection represents some of the most impressive artists of the first half of the 20th century and many of the major movements of modern art in this period. With dozens of exciting and groundbreaking exhibitions being held annually, these art shows will shock, delight and excite individuals of all ages. Here are nine current and future exhibition openings to attend in 2016 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Roee Rosen: A Group Exhibition  

Currently Open – Curators: Gilad Melzer, Joshua Simon

The wild and fascinating world of the artist Roee Rosen is featured in the first comprehensive exhibition of his works at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. This exhibition constitutes a mid-career retrospective for Rosen, whose paintings, video works, installations, multimedia works, artist’s books and texts have been exhibited worldwide for over three decades. Rosen periodically creates new projects around a specific theme or fictional character whose world is presented to the viewers. Curators Joshua Simon and Gilad Melzer chose to present this solo exhibition as a group exhibition, which features the worlds and figures that Rosen creates or impersonates. This wide-ranging oeuvre is now on display in several different galleries at the museum.

Justine Frank, Frank’s Guild, oil on canvas, 1936 Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Justine Frank, Frank’s Guild, oil on canvas, 1936 | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

My Selfie and I 

Currently Open – Curator: Sara Raiman Shor

My Selfie and I is a thought-provoking, fascinating interactive experience at a new, unique exhibition for the whole family. Visitors’ ‘selfie’ photographs become the raw material of the exhibition, projected onto a large screen in the gallery space. Viewers are active participants, meeting their own images in various ways through technological interactions and becoming acquainted with the characteristics of the selfie and the questions it raises.

My Selfie and I Exhibition Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

My Selfie and I Exhibition | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Boaz Aharonovitch: Pale Blue Dot

Currently Open – Guest Curator: Orit Bulgaru

Boaz Aharonovitch’s solo exhibition Pale Blue Dot encapsulates an ongoing process of researching direct photography as well as presenting and editing images. Aharonovitch’s work focuses on series and sets of images based on direct photographs and on images appropriated from the internet. At the outset, he formulated arbitrary principles that determined the set’s extent and the kind of action executed on the photographed image: accumulation and compression, cataloguing, recycling, reduction, assertion and disappearance. The final stage is translating the photographed image to the realms of installation and space. In the exhibition, Aharonovitch uses these principles by combining anonymous portraits from the history of photography with scientific imaging of Earth and other planets and with the act of photography, which shifts between a unique portrait and a universal, even anonymous one. Through these portraits, the exhibition raises a discussion about the limits of visibility, the relationship between seeing and knowing and the gap between imaging and the image, the human desire to discover new fields of knowledge, and the ambition to create an image attesting to an absent past experience.

The Unwanted_detail_2015-Boaz Aharonovitch Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Unwanted Detail 2015, Boaz Aharonovitch | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Maya Zack: Counterlight

Opening March 2016 – Curator: Nili Goren

Counterlight, a 20-30-minute video, is the third part of Zack’s filmic memory trilogy, following the award-winning videos Mother Economy and Black and White Rule. The film’s protagonist nurtures an obsession for poet Paul Celan – his life, his works, his women and his exiles. She nestles within the folds of an old camera’s bellows, at once symbolic camera obscura and materialization of the poet’s memory. The exhibition – a surreal, mental and somewhat physical journey into the past, memories, mind and soul of Celan – revolves around a central video piece, accompanied by an installation of sculptural elements, computer-generated images, drawings and etchings.

Sketches for the video Counterlight Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Sketches for the video Counterlight,  From the forthcoming solo exhibition ‘Counterlight,’ Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2016 | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Elmgreen & Dragset: Powerless Structures

Opening March 31, 2016 – Curator: Ruth Direktor

Artists Michael Elmgreen (born in Denmark, 1961) and Ingar Dragset (born in Norway, 1969) have been working as an artist duo since 1995. Their work deals with questions of gender, individual and political identity and the role of art in public life and in the economic-cultural reality of the global age. For their first exhibition in Israel, they conceived a radical installation, combined of eight works, scattered throughout the museum. Each of the works along the course of the exhibition will confront the viewer by surprise, each evoking a feeling of something that has been left behind, forgotten or forsaken, and represent another ‘structure’ that has been emptied from its meaning, power and coherence.

The Future, 2015 Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Future, 2014 | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

David Tartakover: Tartakover. The Exhibition

Opening May 2016 –  Curator: Irith Hadar

David Tartakover, recipient of the Israel Prize for design (2002), has been collecting images and texts from every junction of Israeli culture and current affairs for over four decades. He harnesses these materials to constructing interpretations, gaping reality images that are swept away into the 1967 watershed. The comprehensive exhibition will focus on posters Tartakover made in response to current affairs, referring to cultural processes, presented alongside drawings and a selection of his ‘Black Books’ – diaries revealing moods and thoughts, frames of reference and formalization processes of images and ideas in his work since the 1970s.

Bezalel, Jerusalem (poster), 1983 Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Bezalel, Jerusalem (poster), 1983 | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art                                  

Taryn Simon

Opening September 15, 2016 – Curator: Ruth Direktor

Taryn Simon is an American artist (born 1975) who uses photography, video and text to examine global phenomena. Her art is based on extensive research of various topics, including innocent prisoners released after being wrongly imprisoned for years, the genealogy of families around the world that are linked in various ways with political, religious or civilian conflict, hidden or unfamiliar sites in the USA, and more. Each series of her works is composed of photographs accompanied by text, adopting a documentary, legal, cataloguing visibility. In her most recent series, Paperwork, and the Will of Capital, presented at the 2015 Venice Biennale, Simon examined the floral arrangements decorating major world conferences from the mid-20th century onwards. Having identified the various flowers, she photographed and dried thousands of specimens, regarding them as silent witnesses of historical moments. The exhibition will present this latest series alongside parts from previous ones.


Bauhaus: #itsalldesign

Opening September 2016 – Curator: Meira Yagid-Haimovici

The Bauhaus is one of the most influential cultural institutions of the 20th century, a place where the leading tendencies of the European avant-garde converged and melded as if in a crucible. Stylized into a myth, the Bauhaus also came to epitomize the modern design cliché: geometric, industrial, cool. »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« provides a comprehensive overview of the Bauhaus concept of design. It presents a multiplicity of rare, in some cases never-before-seen, exhibits from the fields of design, architecture, art, film and photography, and also documents the underlying developmental processes and societal models. At the same time, it confronts the Bauhaus idea with current developments in design such as the digital revolution, as well as with works by numerous contemporary designers and artists. Viewed from this present-day perspective, the Bauhaus reveals an array of new facets with surprising contemporary relevance. Featured designers and artists include Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Joseph Grima, Walter Gropius, Enzo Mari, Olaf Nicolai, Open Desk, Adrian Sauer, Oskar Schlemmer and many more. »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« is an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Installation view Bauhaus #itsalldesign Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Installation view Bauhaus #itsalldesign | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art      

Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and the African Connection

Opening November 2016 – Curator: Ruth Direktor

Africa has long been considered the place to turn one’s gaze to. The geographical and metaphorical place, Africa the continent, black Africa, Africa as an idea – real, imagined, invented. This comprehensive exhibition seeks to present a depiction of Africa through the eyes of contemporary artists; most of them live and work on the continent, while others are from the African Diaspora. The exhibition will include paintings, photographs, sculptures, video works and installations, all reflecting a multiple and multilateral gaze – from Africa into and upon itself, from Africa to the West and from the West to Africa.

Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and the African Connection

Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and the African Connection | Courtesy of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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By Deborah Moher

Deborah is The Culture Trip’s Tel Aviv Director of Culture. Catch us on our TLV Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.