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Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art
Nivi Alroy: Mariana Trench
Hila Amram: 9 |
Curator and Text: Małgorzata Ludwisiak
Eitan Ben Moshe: Thus Far
Gregory Abou: Gotland –Three Pulses
Curator: Yona Fischer
Roni Taharlev: White Ravens
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Double Gaze: Children Curate the Museum Collection
Marsden Hartley: Slow Homecoming
Curator: Ori Drumer
Opening Preview Event for Friends of the Museum
Thursday, May 23 | 19 pm
Opening: Saturday, May 25 2019 | 8 pm
Exhibition: May 26 -August 24 2019
4 Habanim St., Herzliya 4637904, Israel
https://www.herzliyamuseum.co.il/en/

A series of exhibition include five solo exhibitions that present environments removed from our daily reality of life. Five artists – Nivi Alroy, Eitan Ben Moshe, Hila Amram, Gregory Abou, and Roni Taharlev – explore , through painting and installations featuring sound and video projections, ecological and mental visions of a future on the brink of extinction, and subsequent possibilities for survival. Responding to frequent ecological, biochemical, social and gender-based dire predictions of impending change, these artists create alternative, hybrid spaces which, although based on a scientific rationale both aesthetically and conceptually, transcend it to reach the metaphysical.

The disquieting present invokes in-between times, fictional realities, spiritual rituals, and enigmatic behavior. Like a synoptic map predicting changes in the weather, the poetic and dystopic image of the realities depicted in these exhibitions send up warning signs while laying out alternative options.

In parallel with the above, two exhibitions will be presented that engage with the Herzliya Museum’s collection:

Curator Ori Drumer focused his attention on two paintings by the modernist American artist Marsden Hartley (1877–1943) from the Jacob Alkow collection, which are an important part in the museum’s collection, and presents them with a multitude of texts and images that place them in context and offer different resonances of meanings.

In addition, the exhibition Double Gaze: Children Curate the Museum Collection will be on display. This is a unique project held by the museum for the second time. Led by Gali Faber and Tzion Abraham Hazan, in collaboration with MUZA (the museum’s Educational Wing), a group of children curated an exhibition from the museum’s collections, offering their own unique perspectives.

Nivi Alroy: Mariana Trench
Curator: Aya Lurie
May 25, – Aug. 24, 2019
https://www.herzliyamuseum.co.il/en/exhibition/nivi-alroy/

In the large hall, Nivi Alroy exhibits “The Mariana Trench,” consisting of site-specific installations that depict a future world that emerges after the destruction that occurs when the oceans swamp the continents due to global warming. Through the figure of the American cartographer and researcher Marie Tharp (1920-2006), Alroy brings together the ruins of the past, the debris of the present and the possibilities of the future. The installations present the world as an evolutionary hybrid of cultural remains. The exhibition space will serve as a venue for performances, encounters, and collaborations with artists from the fields of music, dance, and science (including dancer Ella Rothschild and musician Moran Victoria Sebbag). In a separate room, a related video-sound project will be on display – the product of Alroy’s collaboration with the artist, writer and curator Moran Shoub.

Hila Amram, Detail from “9,”
2019 (photo: Shaxaf Haber)

Hila Amram: 9
Hila Amram | Keshet Award |
Curator and Text: Małgorzata Ludwisiak
May 25, – Aug. 24, 2019
https://www.herzliyamuseum.co.il/…/exhibition/hila-amram-k…/

The starting poin of Hila Amram’s exhibition “9” was the study of plankton – microscopic organisms that live in watery environments and are bioluminescent – meaning, they glow in the dark – and respond to ecological changes. Amram presents a site-specific installation – a laboratory living space of a mysterious bio-hacker who, in his own subversive fashion, explores controversial options for human survival and cloned revival in a universe under threat of eco-technological extinction.

The exhibition is supported by the Keshet Prize founded by the Bargil-Avidan family, and by Outset Contemporary Art Fund and the Polish Institute Tel Aviv. It is curated by Dr. Małgorzata Ludwisiak, director of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, one of the leading institutions in Poland in the field of contemporary international art. The curator will arrive in Israel about a week prior to the exhibition opening, to conclude a curatorial process of over eighteen months with the artist.

Eitan Ben Moshe, Detail from Thus Far, 2019

Eitan Ben Moshe:Thus Far
Curator: Aya Lurie
Text: Menahem Goldenberg
May 25, – Aug. 24, 2019
https://www.herzliyamuseum.co.il/…/exhib…/eitan-ben-moshe-2/

Eitan Ben Moshe will present an extensive solo exhibition titled Thus Far, comprising a kinetic sculptural installation, drawings, and light and sound works. This is a mystical and mysterious space composed of remnants of crystal, glass and Perspex, bringing together remnants from various worlds, times, and cultural spheres to produce an ecological vision that has frozen like a crystal and encourages introspection.

Gregory Abou, Areyouthere / Gotand, Untiltled, March
2010, analog print, 22.5×33.5 cm

Gregory Abou: Gotland –Three Pulses
Curator: Yona Fischer
May 25, – Aug. 24, 2019
https://www.herzliyamuseum.co.il/en/exhibition/gregory-abou/

Curator Yona Fischer presents “Gotland –Three Pulses” by the multi-disciplinary artist Gregory Abou. This is a documentary presentation in video, sound, and photography of the artist’s repeated journeys to the far-off Swedish island of Gotland, and of his performance rituals in its primeval landscape. These rituals explore the processes of erosion and destruction on the artwork as a poetic analogy to the human condition in times of impending ecological threat, in an attempt to find an answer to our existence in the face of destruction.

Roni Taharlev: White Ravens
Curator: Aya Lurie
Text: Amalia Ziv
May 25, – Aug. 24, 2019
https://www.herzliyamuseum.co.il/…/exhibition/roni-taharlev/

In her exhibition, “White Ravens,” Roni Taharlev presents two series of paintings: portraits and Annunciation images, made in the tradition of figurative painting yet touching on the contemporary and on what is yet to come. Depicting the Christian story of the Annunciation with figures of fluid gender identity alludes not only to hope for the future but also to a fear of change and of the unknown. The title of the exhibition reflects a flexible range of possibilities from the rare to the widespread, from the magical to the quotidian, from darkness to light

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Marsden Hartley: Slow Homecoming

Curator: Ori Drumer

Ori Drumer will focus on two paintings by Marsden Hartley (1877–1943) from the Jacob Alkow collection, which is an important part of the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art’s collection, and will contextualize them, offering personal and cultural resonances of signification.

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Double Gaze: Children Curate the Museum Collection

Workshop led by Gali Faber and Tzion Abraham Hazan
Educational Consultant: Hilla Peled,
MUZA Educational Wing
Curatorial Consultant: Aya Lurie
May 25, 2019 – Aug. 24, 2019
https://www.herzliyamuseum.co.il/…/curatorial-exercises-ch…/

The exhibition was curated by twelve boys and girls, aged nine to eleven, and two adult curators. They met throughout the year at MUZA, the Educational Wing of the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of its Young Curators project. The exhibition emerged in the course of a weekly workshop, in which the children rose to the challenge of curating an exhibition from the museum’s collection of over one thousand works. The curating decisions were taken by the children through consensus, while performing exercises and games. Now in its second reiteration, the project is a collaborative venture of the museum’s team of curators and its educational staff.

4 Habanim St., Herzliya 4637904, Israel
https://www.herzliyamuseum.co.il/en/

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