Leumi's Community Activities
Secret Art Exhibition 6
For its sixth consecutive year, Bank Leumi hosted its “Secret Art” exhibition, where Leumi presents works of young artists alongside those of well-known, major Israeli artists, all while concealing the artist’s name. All of the displayed works were on sale, with all proceeds from the sales conveyed directly and in full to the artists themselves. The exhibition ran from February 16, 2012, until February 21, 2012, and took place in the Leumi Bet Mani House – Visitors and Arts Center in Tel Aviv.
The first “Secret Art” exhibition was opened at the Bank Leumi Management building, in Tel Aviv, in the winter of 2006. Its special concept was inspired by the summer exhibition tradition of the London Royal Academy of Arts, where works were displayed without the artist’s signature.
The anonymous display enables young artists to present their works alongside those of veteran and well-known artists, where the onlooker is unaware which creation is attributed to whom, and thus grants the young artists a real opportunity for exposure and acknowledgement.
The public too is awarded an exceptional opportunity: an objective viewing of art unaffected by prior knowledge of the artist, his status and background. Such a viewing presents the creation and it alone at the focal center – as it merits. This unique experience has drawn to the exhibition a faithful and large supporting audience, which has been growing continuously over the last five years.
This year, “Secret Art Exhibition 6”, was held in the spirit of environmental awareness and sustainability. The exhibition integrates “green art” creations dealing with such themes as recycling, repeated material use, proper usage and integration of natural resources, green energy, protection of the urban environmental cityscape, maintenance of clean seas and beaches, noise prevention, protection of flora and fauna, and more.
As in previous years, all the works were on sale, with all proceeds from sales directly benefitting the artists.
The exhibition’s curators accompanying the project from its first year were Esti Drori and Doron Polak from “Artura”.