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"Tectonic Faults": Petach Tikva Museum of Art hosted at Leumi Bet Mani House – Leumi Visitors and Arts Center
Exhibition Dates: September 6, 2012 - December 17, 2012
Featuring: Works by Israeli artists selected from the 1950's and 1960's and the works of contemporary artists
Leumi continued to support the tradition of Israeli art by hosting selected works from the collection of the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, at the Leumi Bet Mani House.
'Tectonic Faults' – an exhibition that was hosted at Leumi Bet Mani House – Visitors and Arts Center in Tel Aviv, brought together a selection of works from the Petach Tikva Museum of Art collection from the 1950's and 1960's, along with contemporary creations which have been added to the collection in recent years, and creations by contemporary artists who were invited to take part in the exhibition.
The exhibition was part of Leumi's ongoing tradition of supporting Israeli art, offering a view of the cultural panorama that is the history of Israeli art, as a multi-layered geological structure in which each layer builds on the previous one, through incorporation and assimilation. The joint exhibition offered the possibility of an inter-generational continuum, with attention to the differences arising from the various approaches through the looking-glass of time.
The title of the exhibition, 'Tectonic Faults', was borrowed from the realm of geology, and refers to the process whereby tectonic plates drift and move apart from one another, creating separate continents. This ambiguous term hints at fracture, disruption and displacement, while at the same time affirming the existence of a continuum. The exhibition used this concept metaphorically in addressing the subterranean forces that are continuously seething beneath the surface, and the different types of schisms in the local panorama along with their geographical, cultural, social, and political contexts.
The presentation of works that were created thirty years or more apart, emphasized the rifts between the conceptual world-views of the various artists, and proposes that they be viewed as a "fractured continuum". With the perspective of time and from within the fiery contemporary climate, it is interesting to note the visual discomposure that is at the foundation of many of the early works, signifying the anxiety that erupts in the face of an expanse that is torn and ruptured.
In this context, the exhibition sought to propose an allegorical reading of Israeli modernity, one which does not succeed in concealing this anxiety. In some of the works the rupture and crisis were quieter and more covert: the artist sufficed with introducing a small crack in the way we are used to seeing and understanding our immediate surroundings. The works of the contemporary artists in the exhibition, in contrast, revolved around a different view – one that no longer surveys the geographical panorama, but focuses instead on the cultural, social, political and artistic scene.
The exhibition included more than 30 works in a range of media: painting, photography, installation, video, sculpture and sound. Some of the works were on display for the first time.
Curator: Dorit Gur Aryeh
Participating Artists: Etti Abergel, Pinchas Abramovic, Orit Adar Bechar, Zvi Aldouby, Jacob El Hanani, Yifat Gat, Yosef-Joseph Dadoune, Peleg Dishon, Orit Hofshi, Hanna Twersky, Ravit Cohen Gat, Ofer Cohen, Hagit Lalo, Hannah Levy, Liav Mizrahi, Matan Mittwoch, Yossi Mark, Avraham Naton, Sharon Poliakine, Gal Kinan, Yehiel Krize, Nati Shamia Opher, Tamar Shakin Pardo
The exhibition was held between the dates of: September 6, 2012 and December 17, 2012, at the Leumi Bet Mani house.
Leumi Bet Mani house.
36 Yehuda Halevi Street
The public was invited to attend.
Entrance was free of charge.