“Mood”: New Exhibitions at the Ein Harod Art Museum

Family mythology, the theme of the relationship between the individual and society, biographical and collective moods & ndash; all these themes are intertwined in four new exhibitions opening at the Mishkan le Omanout Museum of Art. to Ein Harod.

Jonathan Gold “ Kick the bucket ''
Curators: Yaniv Shapira, Neta Gal-Atzmon
Hila Laviv “ Forget about the beautiful ''
Noah Raz Melamed 'Demeter and Persephone'
Meir Agasi '22 mental attitudes'
Curator: Yaniv Shapira

Jonathan Gold and Noah Raz Melamed tear down the veils by exposing tensions within society, family and formal structures, raising questions of trust between individuals and groups, and inviting us to take a sober look at the ideas of Zionism and appreciate the changes that this movement has undergone over time. … Hila Loveve's exhibition focuses on the baggage of her own family's memories, with an emphasis on personal, family and cultural memories. The cycle of works by Meir Agasi “ 22 mental attitudes '' invites visitors to explore the museum's collections and echoes the range of emotional and artistic waves of the museum's three other exhibitions.

Exhibitions:

Jonathan Gold. “ Kick the bucket ''
Curators: Yaniv Shapira and Neta Gal-Atzmon
Artistic images of Jonathan Gold combine childhood memories of a child who grew up in a kibbutz and absorbed, on the one hand, the ideas of Zionism, but on the other & ndash; influence of instagram, TV shows and accidentally seen street scenes. The combination of the personal and the public results in tension between adherence to tradition and rebellion, and between the individual and his environment. The extensive exhibition allows tracing the artist's working practices. Gold divides the exhibition into a series of works “ Shades '', “ Bathers '', “ Group '' and Admissions Committees, examining (and drawing) the same topic from different angles. Staying true to his credo, Jonathan Gold still manages to “ Kick the bucket '' & ndash; that is, go beyond the generally accepted framework, debunk myths shrouded in nostalgia and take a critical look at reality.

Jonathan Gold was born in 1972 in Kibbutz Afek and lives and works in Tel Aviv. One of the brightest representatives of the middle generation of Israeli artists. Gold first announced himself more than twenty years ago and has remained a significant figure in Israeli art ever since. Studied art at Tel Hai College, University of Haifa, State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam (RABK). Exhibited in Israel and abroad, winner of several awards (among others, the Minister of Culture Prize for 2008). Teaches at the Department of Art at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and at the Institute of Technology in Holon HIT. His works are executed in a figurative style, and at the same time, they vary between realism and abstractionism. Gold has developed a unique drawing technique: the artist uses pigments and wax in his work, with the help of which he manages to emphasize the original tones and shades, which gives his canvases a matte finish and creates a feeling of straightforwardness.

Hila Laviv. “ Forget about the beautiful ''
Curator: Yaniv Shapira

Hila Lovev's current exhibition Forget Beauty & ndash; this is the third and final part of a trilogy devoted to family mythology, created by the artist over the past years. And this time, just like in the two previous exhibitions of the cycle, Loveve acts as a “ keeper of family memory '', interpreting memories through his unique artistic style. The artist returns to the family country house in Hamburg, Germany, to revisit and appreciate the personal, family and cultural baggage that this home carries. The photographs of the oldest house and the garden surrounding it are presented in the exhibition in the form of a sculptural collage of almost real scale, creating the feeling of a “ lost paradise ''. Side by side with these pictures are old photos from family albums. Photographs are accompanied by lyrical text written by writer and editor Yaara Shkhori, the text serves as a 'footnote' (explanation) to the stopped time.

Artist Hila Loveve was born in 1975. She studied for her first academic degree at the arts department of Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, for the second & ndash; at the Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem. Loveve's work is inherently autobiographical. Among other things, the artist uses in her work such scrap materials as paper scraps and cellophane, creates collages and large-scale installations in various spaces, applies cutting and perforation techniques, makes the most of all materials without a trace. Through the unique techniques developed by her, Lovev studies and investigates both the material itself and its complete or partial disappearance.

Noah Raz Melamed. 'Demeter and Persephone'
Curator: Yaniv Shapira

Demeter and Persephone & ndash; another exhibition Raz Melamed, dedicated to the idea of ​​the kibbutz movement and life in the commune. In the center of the exposition & ndash; a video art titled Blanket Jumping, which tells the story of several generations of women in the Melamed family who participate in an act that resembles a rite of passage, initiation, demonstrating courage and dedication to a common cause. The melody of the ensemble “ Gevatron '', which has become the anthem, sounds in the background. 'Sea of ​​ears' (“ Yam Hashibolim ''). The changing atmosphere allows you to look at the past with different eyes. Another part of the exposition & ndash; a straw installation stretching from floor to ceiling. The ears, iridescent in all shades of gold, create a feeling of metal, referring to the myths and legends about the transformation of ears into gold, as, for example, in the fairy tale “ Rumplestiltskin '' brothers Grimm. In the forms and images included in the exhibition, one can guess the influence of reliefs and painted vessels, medieval paintings and paintings from the era of the beginning of Zionism. Particular attention is paid to female images & ndash; girls picking flowers, harvesting crops, praying and dancing women.

Noah Raz Melamed, born in 1962, is a versatile artist. She is a graduate of the arts department at the University of Haifa. Her works evoke associations with the Cabinet of Curiosities, museum collections, catalogs and plant identification atlases. In 2018, Melamed was awarded the Prize of the Israeli Minister of Culture in the field of plastic arts. She has numerous personal exhibitions, including at the Wilfrid Israel Museum of Oriental Art in Kibbutz HaZorey and at the Haifa Museum of Art.

Meir Agasi '22 Souls'
Curator: Yaniv Shapira

Meir Agasi became famous as a master of words and images, juggling them in graphics on paper and on canvas. A cycle of engravings '22 mental attitudes' & ndash; this is an example of the fundamental changes that took place in the artist's work in 1992 with the transition from self-portraits made in various forms & ndash; sketches, paintings, photographs, collages and prints, & ndash; to fictional characters and biographies. Within the framework of this cycle, Agasi “ draws '' his image, using the names of the artists, writers and poets who influenced him & ndash; Heinrich Clay, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Joseph Beuys, Georg Trakl, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, Konstantinos Cavafy & ndash; simultaneously describing the mental and physical states of a person: sleep, dreams, memory, fear, dyslexia, vulnerability, paranoia, nervous breakdown, anxiety, sex, love and death.

Meir Agasi, 1947- 1998 biennium Writer, artist, translator, journalist and art critic.

After his tragic death in a car accident in England, Israel hosted the Meir Agasi Museum, which featured hundreds of his works, library, archives, records and books written by him. Exposition “ Museum of Meir Agasi '' became part of the collection of the Ein Harod Museum of Art. Meir Agassi Museum dedicated to the brainchild of a writer, artist, art critic and journalist, whose long-term activity was aimed at creating a fictitious art museum. Unfortunately, he was unable to finally bring the idea to life: in 1998, Meir Agassi died with his family in a car accident. Six years earlier, in 1992, he announced the creation of the Meir Agassi Museum, exhibiting thousands of volumes of his library, old cameras, photo albums, pictures taken by anonymous photographers, boxes, postage stamps, letters, diaries, orders, medals, postcards, miniatures, porcelain figurines & hellip; Most of these items were purchased from antique shops, flea markets and auctions.

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“ Mood ''
Exhibition opening: Friday 20 August 2021 11:00
Upcoming excursions to exhibitions (in Hebrew) are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; start & ndash; at 11:00.
Museum website – https://museumeinharod.org.il/

Museum Facebook page in Russian – https://www.facebook.com/MishkanLeOmanutEinHarod < br />
All photographs and illustrations courtesy of the Mishkan le Omanout Museum in Kibbutz Ein Harod.

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