What's on next week
How do we remember what we remember? Boltanski, a French artist most well-known for his photography installations and contemporary conceptual style, has been exploring mechanisms of memory through photography and commemorative objects since the 1970s. He has also investigated religious and societal memorial rituals, studying the most intriguing ways to make us contemplate how our memories are influenced, especially by images. One of his numerous works featured films of 300 wind bells on the cliffs overlooking the Dead Sea. Head to the Israel Museum this summer to experience “decades of creativity carrying local and historical significance while posing human questions beyond place and time.”
Young Israeli painter, Oren Eliav, works with an intricate mixed media process to create his fascinating and novel oil painting technique. For his new exhibition at the Israel Museum, Eliav has illustrated the story of Lucretia through a combination of digital reproduction and distortion of images with traditional oil painting. Relating to her relationship with Rome’s tyrannical ruler and her suicide, Eliav explores the story said to have led to the tyranny’s demise and the establishment of the first Roman Republic. In 20 large-scale paintings, visitors can take various routes and wander through a great multitude of different potential interpretations of this legendary story.
Born in Haifa and raising his family in Paris, Aviv Itzhaky depicted his two Jewish communities and their urban environments through beautiful and insightful photography. The talented artist became deeply acquainted with life in two Jewish cultures, watching them evolve through the 1970s and 1980s and expressing the shifting worlds in his work. His photographs simultaneously reflect his personal journey between communities, evoking senses of belonging or alienation and an exploration of personal identity. He portrays the Yom Kippur War era’s communal effects as well as its influence on him, immigrating to France and deepening his faith. His body of journalistic and street photography emphasizes the incidental quality of the moment while capturing urban landscapes, showing us what we haven’t seen, haven’t noticed, or perhaps turned a blind eye to and wished to forget.
Through the works of nine international video artists, the exhibition focuses on the evolving relationship between video and cinema. Observing the more old school Hollywood style of the 1960s and 1970s shifting to more intricate references to “enchanted fascination and dismissal” in the 1990s, appreciate all of the cinematic characteristics that make cinema such an enticing medium. Each with “high-volume emotions, high production value, and a rich, all-encompassing soundtrack,” head over to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to explore cinema’s dynamic development and compelling artistry.
In honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, examine one of the most active Israeli architects of the 20th century, who literally built the country as it grew into the landscape we enjoy today. The exhibit presents a comprehensive view and critical examination of Sharon’s shaping of Israeli space. Working through historical contexts heavy with meaning, he designed kibbutzim, residential buildings, office buildings, hospitals, university campuses, and the first master plan for the State. With blueprints, illustrations, models, photographs, letters, and more, the exhibit charts Sharon’s personal and professional life as well as his role in structuring the country.