Gallery Shadow / Yuval Yairi: WORK: The Israel Museum’s Renewal Project, 2010
Curator: Tami Manor-Friedman
From Collecting Dust exhibition catalogue, text by Tamar Manor-Friedman, curator,
The Israel Museum, 2013
“Nimrod Roundabout” was taken just hours prior to the museum’s reopening, and it focuses on the final cleaning-up operations in the main lobby, where Itzhak Danziger’s sculpture “Nimrod” stands as a centerpiece. When the images are screened in rapid succession, the anonymous worker maneuvering the floor scrubber is blurred, his repetitive circular movement around the gleaming icon that has become a symbol of Israeli art assumes the aspect of a ritual dance around a sacred figure – reminicent, perhaps, of the hands of a clock moving between the ephemeral and the eternal, between the human and the sublime. Yairi’s photographic odyssey concludes at this very moment, when the ancient patriarch “Nimrod”, carved from desert sandstone, stands on its pedestral in the spotless temple.
יומן אבק – אמנות ישראלית עכשווית
אוצרת: תמי מנור-פרידמן
מוזיאון ישראל, ירושלים
-Thinking about Micha Ullman’s film Place (1975) while observing Chinese worker at work
By Ayelet Dekel – Midnight East
Life: A user’s manual, April 12, 2011-February 18, 2012
Location: Weinstein Gallery, The Israel Museum,
Curator: Aya Miron, Media: Painting, sculpture, video, and installation
This exhibition explores how prominent contemporary artists from Israel and around the world have responded to today’s “Do it Yourself” culture and its focus on instructions for everyday living. Life: A User’s Manual features approximately fifty paintings, sculptures, video works and installations that incorporate the visual language of instruction manuals. All the artists featured use instructions as a means for creating original and personal works of art that critiques contemporary culture and its tendency to supress individuality.
Artists: Boaz Arad, Maya Attoun, Ido Bar-El, Guy Ben-Ner, Aya Ben Ron, George Brecht, Grisha Bruskin, Mircea Cantor, Michael Druks, Marcel Duchamp, Yair Garbuz, Rodney Graham, Irit Hemmo, Paul Jackson, Joe Jones, Jerzy Michalowicz, Yoav Miller, Tal Mor, Damian Ortega, Benjamin Patterson, Philip Rantzer, Yair Reshef and Roee Kremer, Gil Marco Shani, Andy Warhol, Gal Weinstein, Julita Wojcik, Yuval Yairi.