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Leumi Hosts 'One, Two and Three', Public Artwork Exhibition

Leumi Hosts 'One, Two and Three', Public Artwork Exhibition

Featuring Selected Israeli Artists from the Herzliya Biennials for Contemporary Art


Leumi’s 'One, Two and Three', public artwork exhibition served a testament to the solidarity between old and new, past and present and traditional and modern, juxtaposing an exhibit of contemporary Israeli art against the backdrop of one of Tel Aviv's classic and historical  architectural landmarks, the newly renovated Leumi Bet Mani House. The exhibition was open to the public from September 21st, 2011 to November 27th, 2011 at Leumi Mani House, Visitors and Arts Center in Tel Aviv.


The Leumi Mani House – Visitors and Arts Center:

What is known today as the Leumi Mani House was originally built in 1910, by Jaffa based businessman Shlomo Barsky. Originally the house was one of the first residential houses in the Ahuzat Bayit neighborhood, which later became appropriated into the larger city of Tel Aviv. In 1930 the house was sold to the Honorable Justice Isaac Malkiel Mani, the first Jewish judge in the supreme court of the British Mandate government in Palestine, and whose name the house still bears.  


The notable, two-story house, built of limestone in the tradition of Jaffa's residential homes, was designated for preservation and underwent an extended renovation process, which was finally completed in 2003. The restoration encompassed various architectural details such as restoring the painted floor tiles and ornate ceilings.


Family residential homes with exceptional architectural features were often converted into museums, becoming a global architectural phenomenon in its own right. The Museum Haus Lange and Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld, Germany, both designed by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the Bauhaus style, were later converted into contemporary art museums; The Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark previously served as a private residence and was even named after the owner's three wives.  The Mani House similarly follows in this tradition; the once residential space serves to house ongoing contemporary art exhibition and has become a public fixture in the Tel Aviv art scene.


'One, Two and Three', Art Exhibition:

Most of the artists which were exhibited here have previously exhibited work in one of the three Herzliya Biennials for Contemporary Art. The inclusion of their contemporary work in the restored building creates an unbroken link between old and new, tradition and modernity, nostalgic and contemporary.


The show at the Mani House sought to evoke the house's original features as a residential home; presenting works of art that alluded to its domestic character such as Ido Bar-El's table alongside Elisheva Levy's paper shoes and guitar. The works of Hila Laviv and Lea Avital complemented the house's interior design, painted floors and stylized windows. A different type of dialogue with the structure of the Mani House was created by juxtaposing it with Irit Batsry's 'in situ' artwork, which relates to the house's façade back to the street.


Other works responded to the nostalgia and history of the house, such as Miki Kratsman's photographs, evocative of figures living at the turn of the twentieth century in Tel Aviv, and the works of Dani Gal, which reconstruct historical events that took place in Israel throughout the 1960's and 1970's.


The exhibition, 'One, Two and Three', was initiated by ArtTLV, and is the third featured 'Herzliya Biennial for Contemporary Art' festivals, supported by Bank Leumi.


Participating Israeli Artists:

David Adika, Lea Avital, Ido Bar-El, Irit Batsry, Amit Berlowitz, Yael Efrati, Dani Gal, Gideon Gechtman, Shachar Freddy Kislev, Gabi Klasmer, Miki Kratsman, Hila Laviv, Dana Levy, Elisheva Levy, Jacob Mishori, Jan Tichy, Shahar Yahalom


Art Exhibit Curator:

Dalia Levin

Associate Art Exhibit Curator:

Tal Bechler

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Dana Levy (click to enlarge)
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Gabi Klasmer (click to enlarge)
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Irit Batsry (click to enlarge)
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Ido Bar-El (click to enlarge)
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Lea Avital (click to enlarge)