March 10 - June 9, 2012
Chief Curator: Ruth Direktor
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The exhibition Haifa-Jerusalem-Tel Aviv seeks to characterize, delineate and exhibit episodes from the art of the past and from the art of the present in the three cities. The historical section of the exhibition is dedicated to works by artists who lived and worked in one of the cities, and are identified with it in one way or another. Michael Gross and Yehoshua Grossbard in Haifa, Raffi Lavie and Henry Shelesnyak in Tel Aviv or Avraham Ofek and Michel Hadad in Jerusalem are such examples.
The contemporary section of the exhibition focuses on the common artistic denominator shared by the three cities: the emergence of artists groups and cooperative galleries which offer different models of collaboration, organization and practice. In retrospect, one could see this phenomenon of group activity as a precursor of the social protest that erupted in the last summer, a survivalist reaction to the economic hardship and a backlash against individualism and capitalism.
The museum approached nine artists groups (three of each city) and invited them to come into the museal space and use it as an arena for exhibition and action, in a manner that will reflect their ongoing activity. The artists groups and galleries taking part in the project are: The Wing, Elat Hamastik and MAX (Haifa), Barbur, Bezalel Yaffo 23 and Mamuta (Jerusalem), Alfred, Hanina and The Spaceship (Tel Aviv). Two additional groups - Pyramida (Haifa) and Binyamin (Tel Aviv) - constitute a kind of a temporary extension of the museum beyond its borders.
This is an extensive project that involves dozens of artists and creators. Its underlying hope is, among other things, to dissolve the gaps between center and satellites, and establish the potential power of the alternative and independent margins.
The groups project was supported by Outset