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Uri Lifshitz, Intifada, 2012 | Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art
Uri Lifshitz, Intifada, 2012 | Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

New Exhibitions At The Herzliya Museum Of Contemporary Art

Picture of Deborah Moher
Updated: 6 June 2016
Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art is well known for its dedication to Israeli and international contemporary art. Each year, the museum presents four exhibition cycles comprised of some 50 solo shows, linked by their relevance to current events. These are not group shows but a cluster of different perspectives by various artists, a platform which strengthens each work by itself, expands the contexts and opens further channels for interpretation and deeper layers of meanings. We present four of many new fascinating exhibitions taking place at Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art this year.

Uri Lifshitz: Flesh and Blood

Marking five years to the death of Uri Lifshitz, a virtuoso painter and sculptor with a clearly identified hand and known for his fiery temperament and controversial statements, the exhibition offers a renewed in-depth view of key periods in his work. Focusing on Lifshitz’s depictions of the human subject and body, the show unfolds both historically and poetically and presents a complex, stimulating, challenging artist. This extensive exhibition – starting with the artist’s early 1960’s works and culminating with pieces produced in his final days – will be on view in most of the museum’s galleries. It features oil paintings, works on paper, etchings, and sculptures from private and museum collections as well as the estate of the artist. At the entrance to Herzliya (by HaSira Junction), a familiar outdoor sculpture of Theodor Herzl by Uri Lifshitz is installed. One may see this iconic portrait as an invitation for a journey of rediscovery through the artist’s body of work at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue, which will be launched at the exhibition’s closing event on September 1st. The catalogue will include texts by the exhibition curators, Dr. Aya Lurie and Ori Drumer, as well as additional texts. An essay by the painter Jacob Mishori, who has accompanied Lifshitz’s artistic output for many years, offers an artist’s view. Nissan Shor, a journalist and cultural columnist, situates Lifshitz in the cultural milieu of 1970’s and 1980’s Tel Aviv.

Curators: Dr. Aya Lurie and Ori Drumer

Uri Lifshitz, Sentenced, Self Portrait 1980, Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

                Uri Lifshitz, Sentenced, Self Portrait 1980 | Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art     

Orly Sever: Wall Run

Orly Sever produces sculptural installations that open up a mentalscape encoded in matter. A persistent ritual act leaves in the material charged traces that combine fear, pain, threat, and desperation as well as defiance, in opposition to submissive acceptance and head bowing. In Sever’s current installation named Wall Run, blackness has a strong material presence. Black tar is smeared on the walls as well as on an object at the center of the space, which may be seen as a bunker or bomb shelter, a grave, or a lift-off surface. 

Curator: Dr. Aya Lurie

Orly Sever, Wall Run, 2016, Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Orly Sever, Wall Run, 2016 | Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art   

Avi Nevo: Tremolo

Avi Nevo’s project, produced for the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, bears a unique affinity to local reality. The artist Eitan Ben Moshe curated the show as part of a new format in the museum: artistic and cultural figures are invited to expose to the public their dialogue with visual artists. Tremolo, the title of Nevo’s exhibition, is a musical term denoting rapid reiteration of a single note. The sense of unease provoked by the tremolo, particularly when protracted for a long time, is a charged, disturbing effect which finds plastic and conceptual expression in Nevo’s work. 

Curator: Eitan Ben Moshe

 Avi Nevo, Tremolo 2016, Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Avi Nevo, Tremolo 2016 | Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Open Sketchbooks No. 2

Orly Maiberg presents a project which affords one an intimate view of the sketchbooks kept by 13 artists. This is the second exhibition in this format at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. The sketchbooks are presented open, on top of a table, allowing us to see them from the front and back. They are accompanied by a compilation of short videos, shot by the artists themselves, in which they speak about the individual ways in which they see their sketchbooks. If visiting the artist’s studio allows one a glimpse of the private space where the creative process takes place, browsing through a sketchbook is like walking right into it.

Participants: Nivi Alroy, Yifat Bezalel, Boyan, Varda Getzow, Dorit Goddard, Nitsan Hamerman, Talia Keinan, Olaf Kühnemann, Hilla Toony Navok, Yaara Oren, Hillel Roman, Elad Rosen, Shay Zilberman

Curator: Orly Maiberg

Yaara Oren, Open Sketchbooks No 2, Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Yaara Oren, Open Sketchbooks No 2 | Courtesy of Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

All Exhibitions will be open from Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 8 pm and will close on September 3, 2016

Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, 4 Habanim St., Herzliya, Israel, +972 9 955 1011

 

By Deb Moher