Gustav Metzger, Testimony and Action (photo credit: Courtesy/Tel Aviv Museum of Art)
The first exhibition in Israel for Gustav Metzger, a Jewish-Polish refugee born in Germany in 1926 and living in London since 1939. In 1959, Metzger published his Autodestructive Art Manifesto, establishing a one-artist artistic trend. The exhibition includes later works, from the series “Historic Photographs” (1995) and the installation “Eichmann and the Angel” (2005), as well as rare documentary films featuring conversations with the artist, from the Generali Foundation Collection, Vienna.
More about Metzger and ‘Eichmann and the Angel’
“Eichmann and the Angel” is an installation featuring a wall of newspapers that are powered by a conveyor belt that rolls, a reading area, and a wood-and-glass structure that is reminiscient of Adolf Eichmann’s bullet-proof cages, where he sat for his trial in Jerusalem in 1961. Metzger connects art with philosophy — Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendet — and the idea that history is an angel, looking back through calamities or cataclysms of the past, racing toward the future. He brings together the different views and roles the philosophers and Eichmann played during and after World War II, and weaves in ideas of crime, historical witnesses, death, and entrapment.