|Expanded museum gives boost to Tel Aviv art scene|
A visitor looks at an artwork by German artist Anselm Kiefer in a section of a new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum November 23, 2011. Tel Aviv's recently expanded modern art museum, with its dazzling new building no less an attraction than the art showcased inside, has given a home to hundreds of displaced Israeli works and helped boost the city's cultural scene. REUTERS/Baz Ratner.
By: Ari Rabinovitch
TEL AVIV (REUTERS).- Tel Aviv's recently expanded modern art museum, with its dazzling new building no less an attraction than the art showcased inside, has given a home to hundreds of displaced Israeli works and helped boost the city's cultural scene.
The new wing, designed by Massachusetts architect Preston Scott Cohen, has doubled the size of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art by 19,000 square metres (200,000 square feet) and lured a growing number of art fans through its new, triangular concrete and glass complex since its November 3 unveiling.
"There has never been an exhibit that fully reflected Israeli art, and now there is," said the museum's acting director Shuli Kislev. "Tel Aviv received a wonderful gift."
The reason for the four-year, $50 million building project, she said, was to provide a space for the collection of Israeli art that was growing in the museum's storage rooms.
Many of the newly displayed pieces include elements of Israeli society, from military conscription to the agricultural communes known as kibbutzim.
And alongside the locals, works by renown German artist Anselm Kieffer, which were inspired by Jewish faith and mysticism, make up a special exhibit for the new wing's opening.
But perhaps as much a pull as the artwork is the building itself.
Individual, rectangular galleries are levelled around an 87-foot-tall, spiralling atrium known as the "lightfall," where sunlight is reflected against angled walls from top to bottom. Visitors can see through the atrium to other floors and halls.
The museum is next door to Israel's opera house and a short walk from both the Tel Aviv cinema and the national theatre -- which reopened this month after years of renovation, adding another spark to the country's cultural hub.
Israeli video artist Shahar Marcus said the museum's addition brings tremendous exposure for him and his peers.
A four-and-a-half minute video of him driving through his hometown of Petal Tikva, waving like a celebrity from a convertible to indifferent pedestrians, is on display in the new wing.
"A lot of curators and art dealers have come to the museum, saw my work here and took it all over the world," he said. "It is very important for the Israeli art scene."
(Editing by Paul Casciato)
November 28, 2011
Carnegie Museum of Art showcases legendary black photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris
Cincinnati Art Museum to display more than two thousand pieces from its collection
New works by Jannis Kounellis, master of Arte Povera, on view in China for the first time
Glass artist Dale Chihuly to launch Halcyon Gallery in London's New Bond Street
Vasily Vereshchagin's masterpiece to highlight Christie's Russian Art sale in London
Wright announces bi-annual sale featuring rare and significant works of the 20th century
Michel Majerus' complex and comprehensive oeuvre on view at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences brings 'Birds of America' to public
"Cloud Studies: The Scientific View of the Sky" at the Fotomuseum in Winterthur
Nebraska "Carhenge," car replica of Stonehenge, up for sale - Price: $300,000
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla's third solo show at Lisson Gallery opens in London
Selection of new and recent works by Russian artist Vladimir Ovchinnikov at Erarta Galleries
Luxury and quality form a partnership for Quinn's Dec. 7 Estate Jewelry Auction
Unseen Michael Jackson film valued at $6-8 million goes unsold at Fame Bureau auctioneers
Expanded museum gives boost to Tel Aviv art scene
Exhibition surveys responses by visual artists to pressing social issues in America today
10 carat yellow diamond ring, estimated at $100,000+, leads jewelry sale at Heritage Auctions
Once Removed: Tania Theodorou & Adam Etmanski at Seelevel Gallery
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Archaeologists find 5,000-year-old skeletons in an ancient village in northern India
2.- Exhibition at the Louvre museum offers rare glimpse of the ancient Thracian culture
3.- Most Britons ignorant over Battle of Waterloo: National Army Museum poll
4.- Sotheby's to offer the historic collection of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe
5.- Van Gogh and Rothko: Two masterpieces of modern art unveiled at Sotheby's London
6.- Recently discovered self-portrait headlines 'Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty' at MFA Boston
7.- Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, world's top-earning model, makes teary last catwalk turn
8.- Le Corbusier legacy threatened by revelations in new books that architect was 'fascist'
9.- Groundbreaking photographs of India's Sidi community go on show in the UK for the first time
10.- William and Kate: royal parents with a modern image
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|