Entries tagged with “art galleries”.


Intr-unul din locurile cel mai putin verosimile se afla una dintre cele mai neobisnuite galerii de arta pe care le-am vizitat. Kibbutzul Beeri este situat in sudul Israelului, nu departe de Netivot si Shderot, langa fasia Gaza, zona care se afla in stiri mai mult cand sunt violente, atacuri cu rachete, actiuni ale armatei israeliene in Gaza. Este si o zona de agricultura intensiva, si care la acest sfarsit de iarna israeliana arata verde si inflorit, relativ desigur la peisajul si clima aride din cea mai mare parte a anului.

 

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Cateva indicatoare destul de modeste dar totusi vizibile te ghideaza spre casa care nu arata altfel decat multe dintre casele din jur si care se deosebeste doar prin firma – Galeria Beeri. Eu nu o cunosteam, dar acum stiu – galeria aceasta exista din 1986 si pana astazi au fost organizate aici peste 300 de expozitii – www.gallerybeeri.co.il. Acum Galeria Beeri este prima gazda israeliana a expoitiei Spiritul Sapantei rezultate din colaborarea dintre artisti israelieni si romani, expozitie realizata cu sprijinul ICR Tel Aviv.

 

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Banuiesc ca majoritatea cititorilor stiu multe despre Maramures si despre Sapanta, acest loc special celbru prin al sau Cimitir Vesel. Ceea ce probabil mai putini stiu si eu in orice caz nu cunosteam aceasta istorie este ca pana la al doilea razboi mondial peste un sfert din populatia satului era evreiasca (sursa - http://02varvara.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/sapanta-in-the-carpathians-a-merry-cemetery-and-a-peri-monastery/). O comunitate ca mii de alte comunitati din estul Europei distrusa de Holocaust. Majoritatea evreilor Sapantei au fost deportati in 1944 de jandarmii unguri colaboratori ai ocupantilor germani, putini s-au intors de la Auschwitz si cei intorsi nu au mai ramas in sat. Recomand oricui vine sa viziteze expozitia sa asculte video-ul cu Poemul lui Vasile - o lucrare impresionanta a unui poet popular local, care in stilul specific poeziei populare romanesti descrie istoria evreilor din Sapanta.

 

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Spiritul Sapantei este rezultatul muncii comune a doi artisti israelieni si a unui artist local roman, care au lucrat impreuna in sat in vara lui 2012. Expozitia a fost prima data deschisa in cladirea sinagogii din Bistrita. Mai sus ii puteti vedea pe cei doi artisti israelieni (Nora Stanciu si Haim Maor) reprezentati in stilul portretelor de Sapanta de catre artistul roman Dumitru Pop Tincu.

 

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Ce diferit si ce special arata scrisul in ebraica tesut pe stergarele specifice Maramuresului! Oare evreii Sapantei de acum un secol vor fi avut si folosit stergare asemanatoare?

 

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Portretele lui Dumitru Pop Tincu creaza intr-un fel modelul de referinta al expozitiei. Artistul continua traditia portretisticii din faimosul Cimitir vesel cu subiecte inspirate printre altele din ciclurile vietii si din momentele esentiale care marcheaza viata oamenilor din sat.

 

 

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Haim Manor da replica artistului roman prin picturi pe lemn, care redau in acelasi stil pseudo-naiv persoane si personaje din lumea satului.

 

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Lucrarile Norei Stanciu sunt mai mari in dimensiuni si mai elaborate. Una dintre ele suprapune motivul pictural cu cel al broderiilor, alta arta-mestesug specifica zonei. A doua preia motivele ale culturii ‘elevate’ intr-o inramare specifica artei populare.

Expozitia este deschisa la Beeri pana la mijlocul lui martie, dupa cate am inteles in continuuare va fi prezentata si in alte locuri in Israel si o recomand celor interesati – si ca valoare documentara, si emotionala, dar si pentru o intalnire mai putin obisnuita intre spatii culturale indepartate geografic, dar cu multe apropieri culturale.

 

 

 

One of the places where I hope to get in June, when Liliana and me will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in Paris is a an exhibition open at from April 28th (date of the vernissage) to September 15th at Galerie Wanted, 23 rue du Roi de Sicile.

source http://www.marchandmeffre.com/index.html

You can get some information about the gallery at http://www.wantedparis.com/. Located in a former factory in the heart of Paris, it offers a generous space to exhibit photographic art and has an amazing Internet presence, also used as a channel to sell the exhibited works.

source http://www.marchandmeffre.com/index.html

Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre are the two artists that expose at ‘Wanted’ the exibition dedicated to ‘The Ruins of Detroit’. Born in the suburbs of Paris in 1981 and 1987 respectively, the two artists love to photograph the contemporary ruins of our civilization – from the abandoned cinema theaters in Hollywood to the industrial palaces of the big industries of yesterday. You can learn more about them and especially watch more of their art at http://www.marchandmeffre.com/.

source http://www.amazon.com/RUINS-DETROIT-Yves-Marchand/dp/3869300426/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1304144274&sr=8-1

The subject of the current exhibition is the city of Detroit – the imploding former capital of the auto industry of the United States. This is the world caught on screen by Clint Eastwood in his movie ‘Grand Torino’. According to TIME magazine the city lost in the first decade of the 21st century 25% of its population, reaching a full century low figure. Downtown skyscrapers and fastidious theaters in ruins, suburbs reclaimed by a wild vegetation are snap-shoot by the two French artists in troubling images speaking about the timely essence and the ephemeral nature of any civilization. A troubling beauty emanates from the photos.  For those who cannot get to the exhibition and are not satisfied with the Web photos, an album is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/RUINS-DETROIT-Yves-Marchand/dp/3869300426/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1304144274&sr=8-1.

The second exhibition of the Litvak Gallery in Tel Aviv establishes the place as one of the solid landmarks of the art scene in the city, and a house of the art glass bringing artists of international reputation. After the first show that gathered works of many contemporary artists of the genre, the second ‘Light and Space in the Garden of Reason’ belongs to Vaclav Cigler. Born in 1929 in Prague, the artist is one of the best known names working in the material nowadays.

Star of David

When entering the gallery the visitor realizes immediately that Cigler’s art is not only about the objects but also about the relation between the objects, the viewer and the environment. On the right-hand wall a large window opens to the landscape of the city of Tel Aviv, and a ‘Star of David’ made of optical glass (the preferred material of the artists) relates the viewer with the outer reality reflected through the work of Cigler. Especially created for this exhibition the ‘Star of David’ is not the only Jewish symbol in the exhibition. Cigler (who is not Jewish) also created a ‘Ladder of Jacob’ made of course of glass, catching the elements of reality as part of the ascending to heaven symbolism.

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Many of the objects exposed come in pairs. The two spheres play one with the other, catch the images of each other and of the external world and send them back to the viewer.

Clear Pyramid

Cigler invites the viewer to be part of the making of the art experience, by moving permanently, and watching the objects as they change their reflection of self and reality. Such is the feeling with the pyramids, another primary form preferred and often represented by the artist.

Convex and Concave

‘Convex and Concave’ is a game of alternate shapes of mirrors that reflect and change the reality.

reflecting pools (Rippled Surfaces)

The other material Cigler is using beyond glass is water. His reflecting pools like the one where a pulsing pump sends ripples in the rhythm of the heart beats play together with mirrors on the ceiling to create effects of reflection. If you come with friends at the exhibition try playing the games of seeing each other’s reflections in the pools and in the mirrors.

Flower

Even when the object gets apparently closer to a figurative representation it is still a pretext to catch the images around and send them beck to the eyes in unexpected angles.

Block with Circle Segments

In the middle of the exhibition path the visitor can go on the terrace, where a few works play with the urban landscape around the exhibition building, catches, segments and recomposes it. Picasso and the cubists would have loved these games in glass.

Sphere

I would call the final section of the exhibition the Brancusi section. It seems to be not only influenced by Brancusi. I would say that if Brancusi had created in glass, this is the way his works could have looked like.

Spheres

The dark room seems to become a tradition in the exhibitions at the Litvak Gallery. This time we are invited to see, hear, and feel a gathering of colored eggs (the shape of the Beginning of the World at Brancusi!) that seem suspended in darkness in the sounds of un-earthly music. Is this how new universes are born?

Column

The exhibition ends with another work clearly inspired by the Endless Column. Where Brancusi superposed the double pyramids accessing to the sky, Cigler places his prisms, catching the reality around and sending it back in surprising directions. Somehow the feeling is that this universe has more than three dimensions.

The exhibition is open until the end of September. Audio-guides  with explanation of each work are available, as well as guided tours that start every time a few visitors gather (at least this is what happened last Friday). The English Web page of the gallery can be found at http://litvak.com/, the Hebrew one at http://www.litvakgallery.co.il/ and the youTube Channel is http://www.youtube.com/litvakgallery.

One of my preferred ways to spend the beginning of a weekend is to visit the art galleries in Tel Aviv. This is what Liliana and me did last Friday, when three interesting exhibitions brought us to the art galleries located in the block of the Ben Yehuda street between the Ben Gurion boulevard and the Gordon street.

the Gerstein Gallery

The Gerstein Gallery at 99, Ben Yehuda hosts first of all permanently the colorful painted metal sculptures of artist David Gerstein.

inside the Gerstein Gallery

The underground level space hosts temporary exhibitions and last Friday I had a last opportunity to see the works of Romanian-born painter Ioan Iacob. Actually the exhibition had closed two days before and I was concerned to miss it, but calling the gallery I had learned the paintings are still there to be seen by visitors, which proved to be true.

Blue Buckets

I confess to have been slightly disappointed by the works in this exhibition. It may be about the selection of the works, it may be about the stage of the development of the artist born in 1954 who lives in Dusseldorf, Germany since 1975. On a small table I could see some other works of him, like an illustrated book of Petre Ispirescu’s fairy tale ‘Tinerete fara Batranete’ which seemed to me more expressive, with a feeling of expressionist angoisse.

Mount Carmel

Many works of Iacob seem to pass a feeling of uneasiness. It is the case of the wild and sick looking dogs represented a few paintings, of the dead nature diptych on a black background (work I liked most in the Tel Aviv exhibition), or the landscapes of mount Carmel which Iacob painted repeatedly probably following a study journey to Israel a few years ago.

the Gordon Gallery

Two houses away we can find the Gordon Gallery. Founded in 1966, the gallery is one of the oldest in Tel Aviv, considered today as an important institution in the development of the Israeli contemporary art.

inside the Gordon Gallery

Among the house artists of the gallery Ukraine-born Joseph Zaritsky was maybe the most famous, and it’s no surprise that the current exhibition is dedicated to him.

'every inch must be a painting'

‘Every inch (or centimeter) must be a painting’ Zaritsky used to say, and the upper floor of the exhibition in the gallery illustrates this concept with details of his works photographed and enlarged to the dimensions of big paintings to show the richness and power of each piece of his paintings. I was only partially convinced.

from the rooftops of Tel Aviv

I liked more the beautiful selection of Zaritsky’s original watercolors exposed at the underground level, some of the best in the rich collection of works of the painters in the possession of the gallery. The many landscapes painted by Zaritsky from the roof of his house in Tel Aviv, representing a city that had not yet developed on the vertical, neither had expanded to swallow and domesticate all the neighboring nature are among the best works of his I know.

the Minotaure Gallery

Crossing the street to 100, Ben Yehuda street we can find one of my preferred galleries, and art places in Tel Aviv.

inside the Minotaure Gallery

The Minotaure Gallery is specialized in Jewish art and artists from the first half of the 20th century. It describes itself on the Web site as a sibling of the gallery with the same name in Paris. This is the place where I dream to see one day an exhibition of the Romanian avant-garde as the Web site talks in the ‘About Us’ page about displaying ‘East European artworks by painters from Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Romania, and Poland’.

Adolf Hoffmeister exhibition at Minotaure

The current exhibition is dedicated to portraits and collages of the Czech-born painter Adolf Hoffmeister, who was once characterized by Louis Aragon as le plus parisien des Pragois et le plus pragois des Parisiens.

Luis Bunuel

Many of the drawings in the exhibition are ink portraits painted starting from the 20s until the 70s by a painter who frequented the most various art circles in Paris and Europe. Many of his portraits are remarkable, as they catch not only the character of the artist but also of his work. For example a portrait of Giacometti has stylization of the works of the sculptor, Vaclav Havel is caught in the key year 1968 with a confident stare in the future that will come decades later, Ray Bradbury’s portrait has the mechanic look of the future in his works, and Luis Bunuel looks like a character of his latest films about the bourgeoisie.

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall’s portrait bridges between the portraits and collages in the exhibition, with some of the animal icons of his works translated in the language of Hoffmeister.

Kafka and the media

The cycle of works that represent Kafka bring the Czech genius in the context of the realities of the second half of the 20th century, as a sign of contemporaneity and actuality of the author of ‘The Trial’ and of ‘The Castle’.