As April approaches, we are looking forward to some wonderful new exhibitions in Jerusalem.
Aliza Auerbach From Stone to Sea, Photographs 1970-2015. Curated by Gay Raz.
From Stone to Sea highlights the career of Israeli photographer Aliza Auerbach (1940–2016), whose photographs have followed the trajectory of Israeli culture and art for approximately fifty years. From Stone to Sea exhibits photographs from various series, revealing different aspects of the artist’s career through her intimate connection with land, people and especially her connection to Israeli culture. On view at The Jerusalem Artists’ House until April 22.
Benji Boyadgian The Discord . Curated by Basak Senova and Jack Persekian.
The roots of The Discord starts with its geological definition, and Boyadgian’s complex exhibition looks at eroded ornamental tiles for inspiration. After six years of research and working on this project, the artist projects ideas of history, conflict, memory, authenticity and autonomy onto these patterns known from ‘classical’ Middle Eastern architecture and culture, and sets off on a painting process that encompasses the mutation of the patterns. Using watercolor, Boyadgian dismantles the physical and metaphorical layers and temporalities that have until now created the story of these tiles.
On view at the Al Ma’mal Center for Contemporary Art until April 22.
No Place Like Home.
Curated by Dr.Adina Kamien Kazhdan.
No Place Like Home highlights the artistic appropriation of domestic objects, celebrating a movement that was prominent in the early 20th century with artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama. The exhibition consists of 120 artworks, organized as a series of “rooms”, where corresponding galleries are labelled as “bedroom”, “living room”, “bathroom” and other common home spaces. The works on display prompt new perspectives on concepts that are negotiated in the domestic sphere; such as gender roles, definitions of family and questions of place and displacement.
On view at the Israel Museum until July 29, 2017.
Trickle, Sara Benninga and Noam Bar. Curated by Tamar Gispan-Greenberg
The exhibition Trickle at the New Gallery, Teddy Stadium, emerged as a result of the New Gallery’s active studio artist Sara Benninga inviting artist Noam Bar to present her work in a joint exhibition. Trickle illuminates themes of identity using the contrasting works of Sara Benninga’s paintings and Noam Bar’s sculptures.
The exhibition raises questions regarding a conceptual “trickle” of material by focusing on subjects like fragmentation and the connection of different worlds, blending background, space, interior and exterior. Digital images and flickering screens preoccupy the artists’ work as they blend background, space, interior and exterior.
On view New Gallery, until 21.4.17.
Mindy Weasel, Meditations on Love
Meditations on Love is the first solo show of Jerusalem based artist Mindy Weisel, whose expressive paintings are identified as a language of process, emotion and layers. The twelve action paintings exhibited in this show are created spontaneously and emerge from Weisel’s observations of her city of residence, Jerusalem, her own personal history, and her meditations at the moment in which she paints. The results activate the viewer, questioning the subconscious— as the paintings answer with their deep colors, hidden words and markings on the canvas.
On at Rosenbach Contemporary until May 2, 2017.