Torn between a sunny day at the beach and an arty afternoon running around the art galleries in Tel Aviv? Who said you have to chose? Most of the galleries and museums are open over shabbat which is very convenient for the busy folks that we are. So here are some recommendations to instil some art into your weekend.

Where to go? What to see? Follow the guide.

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A Kitchenette at Artport

I’m very happy that organizations such as Artport exist. More than being just a home for emerging artists, it also provide a place where art can be think and debate. It truly is a platform open to dialogue, and to other visions of art. This evening, the residents of Artport are inviting you to join them around a meal and talk about socially engaged art practices. The ongoing exhibition “Living as Form” retraced 20 years of socially engaged art. Their idea was to ” (…) asked three participants to initiate a discussion about the political agendas, aesthetic rituals and artistic methods that are activated by the works in the show – and beyond“*. A very interesting evening to not miss.

Participants : Leah Abir, Nicola Trezzi and Tea Tupajić

When | February 6th At 8 pm

Where | 55 Ben Tsvi Rd., Tel Aviv

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Tamy ben-Tor & Miki Carmi – Radical Humanism

The Rosenfeld Gallery, situated in downtown Tel Aviv, presents this week a dual exhibition mixing painting, installation, photography and performance. Ben-Tor is an Israeli visual artist who combines video and photography in her performances. Her art is engaged, social and based on her observations of her daily life. I never had the chance to see her artwork, but as her approach is compare to Cindy Shermans work, I’m sure it can’t be disappointing.

It’s not the first time that Ben-Tor is working with Carmi. Also born in Israel but living and working in NYC, Carmi is a painter who pictures his friends and family through unflattering portraits. The artist said about his work “Inspired by the racial studies of Hans Gunther from the early 1930s, I made my first steps in inhabiting a racist mind and the oppressive authoritarian gaze in order to defeat it, positioning myself among the specimens of evil bureaucracy“**.

A performance, “2014” The Ecstasy of the Institutionalised Artist, will also take place this Friday at 12 pm.

When | February 6th At 8 pm

Where | 1 Shvil HaMif’al St., Tel-Aviv

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Gustav Metzger – Testimony and Action

I’m very excited by this exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Metzger is a German artist, a very politically engaged one, who was born in a Polish Jewish family. He is well known for being an important part in the development of the Auto-Destructive Art and  the Art Strike movements. For his first show in Israel, he presents ” (…) later works, from the series “Historic Photographs” (1995) and the installation “Eichmann and the Angel” (2005), as well as rare documentary films featuring conversations with the artist, from the Generali Foundation Collection, Vienna”. ***  

When | February 7th

Where | Shaul Hamelech Blvd 27, Tel Aviv

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Alina Szapocznikow – Body Traces

Szapocznikow was a Jewish Polish sculptor, one of the most exceptional woman artist post World War II. Known as a proto-feminist  artist, she “(…) exchanged the language of classical sculpture with an idiosyncratic lexicon of new shapes, unusual materials, processes and themes that held a dialogue with the contemporary art scene and her own biography“.****

An interesting and very avant-gardiste exhibition to discover at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

When | February 7th

Where | Shaul Hamelech Blvd 27, Tel Aviv

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Lecture Series – David Ginton

Next Tuesday, the Gordon Gallery is starting a new lecture series with the artist David Ginton. Ginton is an Israeli artist using different medias such as painting and photography. The entrance is free but the seating is limited.

When | February 11 AT 7.30 pm

Where | 95 Ben Yehuda St., Tel Aviv

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Last chance to see this week

Alina Speshilov – Keep It Simple: Julie M. gallery, until: February 15

Shay Arick – Forge : ZIZ Art Space, until: February 15

Melani Daniel – Raven and the Leftover Men : Chelouche Gallery, until: February 15

Jonathan Hirschfeld – Foramen Magnum : Raw Art Gallery,  until: February 15

Naama Arad – Africa Israel : Sommer Gallery, Until February 9

 

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