The Israeli Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition

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The Israeli Pavilion, The 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

TSIBI GEVA  | Archeology of the Present
Preview: 6–8 May 2015

האמן ציבי גבע ייצג את ישראל בביאנלה לאמנות בוונציה 2015

TSIBI GEVA The artist represented Israel 2015

Curator: Hadas Maor
Exhibition: 9 May – 22 November 2015…/Prof…/Announcements/Pages/TsibiGeva.aspx


Tsibi Geva has been selected to present Archeology of the Present at the Israeli Pavilion in the 56th
International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Geva, who lives and works in Tel Aviv,
is one of Israel’s most prominent and influential artists and has exhibited extensively in major
venues in Israel, America, and Europe. Geva works in diverse media, his work often pushing
beyond its physical limits into unique large-scale, site-specific installations.
Archeology of the Present will extend over the exterior of the pavilion as well as through its
interior, destabilizing familiar divisions between inside and outside, functional and the
representational, high and low, abandoned, found, and manipulated elements. It will
encompass formal and thematic elements characteristic of Geva’s work throughout his career
and will present paintings alongside sculptural installations and abandoned and manipulated
objects, abolishing hierarchical distinctions between artistic mediums and structures. In doing
so, the project will give expression to Geva’s ongoing concern with elements related to the
notion of ‘home’ – including terrazzo tiles, windows, shutters, lattices, and cement blocks;
elements which exist as fragments of what once was, or could in principle constitute, a home.
The project will raise self-reflexive artistic concerns and epistemological questions, as well as
political and cultural questions of locality and immigration, hybrid identity, existential anxiety
and existence in an age of instability. The physical layout of the project will create sharp
transitions between experiences of blockage, discomfort, or spatial ambiguity and intimate,
poetic moments, so that fragility and crudeness, lyricism and violence, are inextricably

Geva’s long-term engagement with the stratified structure of identity, and Archeology of the
Present in particular, will offer an opportunity to explore this notion within the wider narrative
of nationality as proposed by the Venice Biennale. In a year when curator Okwui Enwezor
proposes to focus on “All the World’s Futures,” Geva’s site-specific, all-encompassing
installation may also be read with regard to the current state of humanity and the world.

Tsibi Geva is one of Israel’s most prominent and influential artists. Born in 1951 on Kibbutz
Ein Shemer, Israel, he lives and works in Tel Aviv. Since 1979 he has exhibited solo shows in
numerous venues around the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston;
The American University Museum, Washington, DC; MACRO Testaccio Museum, Rome
(traveling to Mönchenhaus – Museum of Modern Art in Goslar, Germany, in July 2015).
He has also had solo shows in Israel’s leading museums, including the Haifa Museum
of Art; the Ashdod Art Museum, Monart Center; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and a
retrospective at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. From 1990 to 2006 Geva was represented by
Anina Nosei Gallery in New York, where his work was featured in numerous solo exhibitions.
He has participated in group exhibitions in major museums and galleries worldwide,
including the Kunsthaus Zürich; Orangerie Herrenhausen, Hannover; Whitebox, New
York; Palazzo Reale, Milan; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; El Espacio Aglutinador, Havana,
Cuba; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Museum on the Seam,
Jerusalem; and CCA Andratx, Mallorca. He is a professor at the University of Haifa and
at Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College. He is the recipient of numerous awards
and grants, including the Sandberg Prize from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Pundick
Prize from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israeli
Ministry of Culture.

Hadas Maor  is a contemporary art curator based in Tel Aviv. She received her academic
training in art history and photography, as well as critical theory and hermeneutics. Since
the late 1990s, she has been working with Israel’s leading contemporary art museums
(among them the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Haifa Museum of Art, Herzliya Museum of
Contemporary Art, and the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon). Maor has curated solo
shows for numerous Israeli and international artists, as well as large-scale, thematic group
exhibitions such as “Embroidered Action,” “(after),” “Temporally,” “History of Violence,”
“Living Room,” “showtime,” and others. These shows featured works by artists such as
Nelly Agassi, Carlos Amorales, Kader Attia, Janet Cardiff, Jordi Colomer, Tsibi Geva, Mona
Hatoum, Michal Heiman, Sigalit Landau, Maria Marshall, Ernesto Neto, Chiharu Shiota,
Naama Tsabar, Wang Wei, Gal Weinstein and others. Maor’s curatorial work often addresses
theoretical notions that pertain to contemporary existence. It strives to identify significant
relations between Israeli and international art while interlinking the work of emerging young
artists with that of established ones. A major emphasis in her work is promoting the creation
of new, large-scale and site-specific works. Hadas Maor regularly contributes essays to artist
books, catalogues, and other publications.

The Israeli Pavilion is realized under the auspices of the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport
– Museums & Visual Art Department, and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Division
for Culture and Scientific Affairs.

Click to access Israeli%20Pavilion%20Press%20Release.pdf

Supported by
Embassy of Israel in Italy
Israel Lottery Council for the Arts
Hiriya Recycling Park
The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation
Outset Contemporary Art Fund Israel
International Production Fund (ipf)
Sapiselco, ArtisTie, Italy
Art Partners
Sharon and Gil Brandes

International Press Contact
Selina Jones, Scott & Co

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