A selection of 70 masterpieces from the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art are to be exhibited at the Martin-Gopius-Bau, one of Germany’s best-known and important art venues
An extensive exhibition of works from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, is one of the central among the art events marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany.
This is the first collaboration between the two museums, and the first time the collection of Tel Aviv Museum of Art is exhibited in an external venue at such a scale. This collaboration continues the Museum’s recent move towards networking and collaborations with central museum worldwide, among them with Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Dallas Museum of Art, USA, and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. For Suzanne Landau, the Museum’s Director and Chief Curator, exposing the Museum, and especially its collection of contemporary Israeli art, to an international audience, is of utmost importance.
Prof. Gereon Sievernich, Director of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, invited the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to exhibit a selection of its collections. The Israeli artists who will participate in the exhibition were invited to the mounting and installation of their works. The opening of the exhibition, in the presence of the Museum’s curators and the Israeli artists, will take place on 26 March 2015. The exhibition will close on 21 June 2015.
The exhibition, titled “Choices from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art” will include some 70 selected works from three major Departments at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Israeli Art, curated by Ellen Ginton; Prints and Drawings, curated by Irith Hadar; and Modern Art, curated by Raz Samira. The exhibition will include works by Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele and others, alongside by contemporary Israeli artists including Yael Bartana, Guy Ben-Ner, Zoya Cherkassky, Tzion Abraham Hazan, Nevet Yitzhak, Tamir Zadok, Nira Pereg and Michal Helfman.
Also included in the exhibition are recent acquisitions of contemporary Israeli art, mostly video installations. The concept of the exhibition is a dialogue between modern art and contemporary Israeli art, dealing with personal, social and political issues. It will offer a comprehensive view of the Museum’s rich and varied collections, and intertwine the history of the Museum, from the first works it received to the current acquisitions.
The exhibition will spread over ten galleries, each devoted to a different theme. Works by early 20th-century masters will be interspersed in the galleries alongside works by Israeli artists, creating surprising connections and offering new readings of the works. The exhibition will be accompanied by comprehensive catalogues one in German and one in English, with photographs of the works and texts about selected works. The entrance hall will display various Tel Aviv Museum of Art catalogues, photographs of the Museum’s buildings and short films documenting the mounting of major exhibitions.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Israeli Cultural and Scientific Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and especially Ambassador Raphael Gamzou, Deputy Director General.
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