This exhibition emerged in the framework of the unique collaboration initiative between two collective art galleries, one in Jerusalem and the second in Tel Aviv. Collective art galleries are not such a rarity in today’s Israeli art scene. The Agripas 12 Gallery in Jerusalem, one of the pioneering collective galleries in Israel, was founded in 2004 by a group of veteran and young Israeli artists. Tel Aviv’s Meshuna Gallery was founded in 2014 and is one of the most challenging and defiant galleries in the Israeli art world today. The collaboration between the two galleries included meetings and exchanges of spaces, with the Jerusalemite artists staying in Tel Aviv and vice versa.
Each of the two groups chose to engage with a particular aspect of Beuys’s art: The works of the members of Agripas 12 contain a large array of relic-like objects, which are in “dialogue” with Beuys’s own dialogue with Catholicism. The Tel Avivians, on the other hand, chose to treat the subject of education and installation art. Their spatial arrangements resonate with Beuys’s exhibition-space designs, alternating between totality and asceticism, between perfect order and a sensation of drowning.
Joseph Beuys was not only an artist and teacher, but a social and community activist. One of his goals was to create harmony between nature and man through sociological urban/natural transformations. The concept of “social sculpture” began to appear in Beuys’s work in the 1960s. Influenced by intellectuals, philosophers, and Romantic and post-Romantic thinkers, he believed in a utopian relationship between man and the universe – the relationship between artistic creation, construction, and the existence of fate and life. “Social sculpture” influences all aspects of life and transcends the narrow definition of art. Beuys’s most important act of social sculpture was a project that lasted about four years and which entailed the planting of 7000 oak trees alongside basalt stone markers. In the project, inaugurated at Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany, Beuys strove for a balance between the juxtaposed trees and stones.
In a sort of tribute to Beuys, the artists of the two galleries collaborated on a socio-sculptural act in which they dressed trees in raw felt (one of the most prevalent materials in his works) along the old Roman Road between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. This artistic act can be seen in the documentation of the project, screened in the exhibition.
Beuys, Beuys, Beuys
Exchanges, Barters, Social Sculpture
A Tribute Exhibition to Joseph Beuys
Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem / Meshuna Gallery, Tel Aviv
Agripas 12 artists: Alejandra Okret, Max Epstein, Andi Arnovitz, Liora Wise, Lena Zaidel, Oded Zaidel, Leonid Zeiger, Gabi Yair, Mazal Carmon, Rina Peled, Nadia Adina Rose,Bitya Rosenak,Ruth Schreiber
Meshuna Gallery artists: Anton Abramov, Oren Fisher
Curator: Liav Mizrahi
Simultaneous Gala Openings at the Two Galleries
Meshuna Gallery in Tel Aviv and Agripas 12 in Jerusalem
Thursday October 15 at 20:00
- Go Outside — exhibition in the Agripas 12 Gallery courtyard, in which artists from the gallery and guest artists create site-specific works within a typically Jerusalemite mix of beauty and neglect, street cats and wall flora. Thursday October 15 at 20:00
- Closing event of Manofim, Thursday October 22, 2015 at 16:00, Agripas 12 opens up a table with tastes and stories from the multicultural kitchen of the members of the gallery and the community. The event includes an animation workshop for children and adults. Free entrance
- Gallery talk at Agripas 12, moderated by Liav Mizrahi. Thursday November 5, 2015 at 20:00
- Tour and gallery talk at the Meshuna, Contemporary, and Beit Binyamini galleries, moderated by Liav Mizrahi. Saturday November 14 starting at 12:00. Meeting point: Meshuna Gallery
Exhibition closing: Saturday November 14, 2015
- Exhibition Date