After reading ArtThat Changed Your Life–or at least how you looked at things and thinking about the art I experienced in my life and how it affected me I began to feel pretty overwhelmed with memories. There are so many works of art and experiences I would have loved to have featured in the art show of my dreams…
I grew up in Israel and my first encounters with art were the objects – paintings & sculptures that my parents hanged in our home. Probably the first artist I learned about was Yosl bergner, who was my grandfather Yermiyahu’s good friend and colleague who’s paintings always decorated our home, and the homes of my extended family. I must have stared at his work for hours and looking at his work now is like looking back in time, it gives me a sensation of being a child again. It’s almost like all of his paintings are one, I can’t remember any specific painting but feel like I remember all of them.
My grandfather was the tailor of one of the most prominent Israeli theaters (The Cameri Theatere of Tel Aviv). He collected most of the costume illustrations he received when working on plays and framed them to decorate his apartment. These illustrations featured a wide range of styles and personalities. There were so many filling the walls all the way up to the ceiling, mostly depicting people in clothes that I didn’t ever see people wear in real life. I would like to share this image of a small corridor wall filled with costume illustration.
A more famous print I would want to have at the exhibition is Madonna (Litograph, 1895-1902) by Edvard Munch which it’s poster was hanging on my sister’s bedroom wall and always made me wonder and get lost in my thoughts.
My sister Tali was an artist and her drawings and paintings were also always present in our home. Her work was mostly surreal and reflected distortions of the body and fantastic dreamlike situations. I got a tattoo of one of the ink drawings which was hanging in the hallway of my home on my back. I would like to include her work as well.
I would situate the exhibition in the house of Nissim, a person who made a home by himself on the beach, took over land which was not his, but created a real treasure, unlike any other architecture in Israel. This structure reassures that you can do anything if you have the will.
Juan Fontanive’s Colibri would be on display as it reminds me watching birds when I was a kid and I love it.
Yaakov Agam’s work at the Tel Aviv Museum was one that always kept me intrigued and excited – it’s tempting to walk around and discover from different angles.
When I began to be interested in film I was really taken by Pedro Almodovar and by his collaborations with Pina Baush I would include the closing scene from Habla con ella –
Also I would have Chemigrams by Pierre Cordier
The chandelier, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body from The church Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic would be situated at the entrance to the exhibition.
I’m noticing that the combination I made might not be the exhibition that I would ‘design’ if I wanted to create a great experience for a visitor, it is mostly piece of memories I have that would be nice to have all in one place to walk through and observe again.