Thanks to the generous support of the Division of Cultural and Scientific Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a selection of 70 masterpieces from the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art will be displayed at a comprehensive exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
A large-scale exhibition of works of art from Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s permanent collection, which is to be held at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin in 2015, is the most important art exhibition to be held in the framework of events marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany.
This is not the first collaboration between the two museums, but this is the first time a collection on this scale will be displayed outside the museum. This collaboration continues a trend established by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in recent years – to promote and develop relationships and activities with the world’s major museums, such as the cooperation with Bozar, the Center of Fine Arts in Brussels, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Susan Landau, Director and Chief Curator of the museum, attaches great importance to the international exposure of the museum, especially with regard to the exposure of contemporary Israeli art.
The invitation to exhibit a selection of collections was extended to the Tel Aviv museum by Prof. Gereon Sievernich, director of the Martin Gropius Bau. Located in central Berlin near Potsdamer Platz, the Martin-Gropius-Bau is one of the world’s leading exhibition venues and Berlin’s main exhibition hall, with over 500,000 visitors annually. Originally built as an arts and crafts museum, it was ceremoniously opened in 1881. Suffering severe damage during World War II, the museum underwent meticulous reconstruction during the 1970s.
The Israeli artists who will be exhibiting at the exhibition were invited for the construction and set-up of their works. The grand opening, with the participation of the museum’s curatorial staff and the Israeli artists, will take place on 26 March 2015. The exhibition will run for three months, and will close on 21 June 2015.
The exhibition, entitled "The Tel Aviv Museum of Art visits Berlin" will include 70 significant works from three leading departments of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Israeli art curated by Allen Ginton, prints and drawings curated by Irit Hadar and modern art curated by Raz Samira. Among the artists represented: Lesser Uri, Max Beckmann, Erich Heckel, Alberto Giacometti, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Ludwig Meidner, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko, Marc Chagall, Jacob Steinhardt, Egon Schiele, and others, along with contemporary Israeli artists such as Guy Ben-Ner, Yael Bartana, Michal Helfman, Zion Abraham Chazan, Nevet Yitzhak, Nir Evron, Nira Pereg, Tamir Zadok and Zoya Cherkassky.
The concept behind the exhibit is the dialogue between modern and contemporary Israeli art, and the inherent discussion of personal, social and political issues. The exhibition will feature the museum’s most recent acquisitions of Israeli contemporary art for its permanent collection, comprised predominantly of video installations.
One of the works to be exhibited, Picasso’s Torso of a Woman is emblematic of Picasso’s compositions since the 1930s, in which he positioned a figure against a neutral ground, combining clearly defined forms and loose brushwork. It well evinces yet another of Picasso’s countless modulations of the defining strategies of Cubism – breaking up volumes, faceting forms, and applying multiple vantage points.
The exhibition will allow a comprehensive appraisal of the richness and diversity of the museum’s collection, and will interlace the collection’s history with the museum’s story, beginning with the first pieces accepted into the collection and up to the present.
The exhibition will be spread over ten galleries, each devoted to a different topic. Works by modern artists from the beginning of the twentieth century will be integrated into the exhibition space along with works by Israeli artists, creating surprising connections that enable the possibility of a re-interpretation of the works.
Catalogs in German and English with photographs and texts on selected works will accompany the exhibition.
Catalogs of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art from various periods will be on display in the entrance foyer, together with photographs of the old museum buildings and short films documenting major exhibitions.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Cultural & Scientific Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.