December 22, 2014 - Tel Aviv Museum of Art - Winter exhibitions
December 22, 2014

Winter exhibitions

Tom Friedman: Up in the Air, 2014. Installation view. Photo: Elad Sarig. Installation courtesy of Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm.

Winter exhibitions

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd
Tel Aviv, 61332012 
Israel
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 10–18h,
Tuesday and Thursday 10–21h, Friday 10–14h

www.tamuseum.org.il

New exhibitions

Anri Sala: No Names No Title 
19 December 2014–21 March 2015
Curator: Noam Segal
Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 6 Tarsat Blvd

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art presents Anri Sala’s first solo exhibition in Israel, bringing together works from the past decade and a new sculptural commission. Sala’s practice ranges from drawings, sculptors, sound works to performances and live events. His works analyze political situations with sensitive and indirect observation, through personal and collective dimensions. The exhibition presents the new work Holey Wall (Should I Stay or Should I Go), 2014, as well as the video installation Ravel Ravel Unravel, 2013, based on Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, composed for pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I. This installation represented France at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Sala’s works have been exhibited in some of the world’s most important museums, including the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebaek, Denmark), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Serpentine Gallery (London) and the National Museum of Art (Osaka). Sala was awarded the Young Artist Prize at the 49th Venice Biennale, the 2011 Absolute Art Award, the 2000 Prix Gilles Dusein, and the 2014 Vincent Award. 

The exhibition was made possible thanks to the generosity of The Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel; the Ostrovsky Family Fund; Institut Francais; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. 


Tom Friedman: Up in the Air
Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art visits Tel Aviv Museum of Art
16 November 2014–15 March 2015 
Curator: Ruth Direktor

Up in the Air by American artist Tom Friedman (b. 1965) is the third in a series of site-specific installations at the Lightfall—the central architectural element at the Herta and Paul Amir Building, the new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Ever since its inauguration, the Lightfall constituted an architectural icon with a remarkable presence. It has become a unique and challenging exhibition space for various artistic activities, especially site-specific installations.

Tom Friedman’s Up in the Air is comprised of almost 700 handmade, readymade and manipulated objects suspended from the ceiling. Each item is hung separately, together the hundreds of items create a huge mobile, at once monumental and scattered, hovers in midair as if detached from the force of gravity. It seems like a gigantic, contemporary still life, representing a poetic inventory of our everyday life.

The project is sponsored by Isracard. Its realization was made possible thanks to the generosity of Jill and Jay Bernstein, Dorit Gary-Segal and Mody Segal, The Family Robert Weil Foundation, and Barbara Toll/ The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation.


Current exhibitions 
Ohad Matalon: Photo Op
14 November 2014–17 January 2015
Curator: Nili Goren

Ohad Matalon’s (b. 1972) exhibition is an ongoing process that evolves, changes and develops in the viewers’ presence throughout its running. The empty space at the opening of the exhibition is somewhat analogous to photography’s dark chamber, the unknown where the translation from light to photograph occurs and, mainly, the great magic that is the transition from idea to matter. This stage occurs in the exhibition in a direct, continuously changing process, expressed by works being created and accumulated, revealing the processes between the act of photography and printing, framing and installing the exhibited objects. The workspace and exhibition space are assimilated into each other, with their conventional hierarchy cancelled. The exhibition’s dynamic character raises a constant discourse that refuses concrete definitions of theme, editing, presentation and interpretation.

With the support of Ruthi and Yoav Gottesman, Tel Aviv; Belldegrun Family, Los Angeles; Keren Bar Gil; and private donors.


Michaël Borremans: As sweet as it gets
3 September 2014–31 January 2015

Borreman’s enigmatic, psychologically charged and visually staggering works present sober-looking characters that lack identity or a clear role. They are portrayed in seemingly mundane environments and situations, which are nonetheless mysterious and indecipherable and consequently melancholic and unsettling. A hidden force seems to propel or dictate a narrative which is not entirely realized or fully told. Borremans engages in a fascinating dialogue with past masters (such as Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, and Édouard Manet) and cinematic iconography (mainly films by David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick), while infusing his art with a contemporary critical outlook. The exhibition provides the Israeli public with a unique opportunity to view a complex body of work which is both disconcerting and mesmerizingly beautiful. Conveying a sense of disruption and ambiguity, the works invite multiple interpretations.

The exhibition was co-organized by BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, and the Dallas Museum of Art, In collaboration with the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.        

The Tel Aviv venue was sponsored by Cal – Israel Credit Cards Ltd. With the generous support of Sidney Simchowitz and the Simchowitz family; and Wendy Fisher. 


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