Tel Aviv Museum of Art opens Douglas Gordon exhibition

. January 30, 2013

Tel Aviv Museum of Art presents I am also… Douglas Gordon, an exhibition on view 24 January–25 May 2013.


Douglas Gordon, The End of Civilisation, 2012. Film still. © Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012 / Great North Run Culture and Locus+, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art will host I am also… Douglas Gordon, a major exhibition of one of the leading figures on the contemporary art scene. The Berlin-based artist (b. 1966, Glasgow) is an outstanding personality, whose ties to Israeli culture have become stronger in recent years.

Douglas Gordon is a “film player,” who uses cinema and video as a medium, always installing it with a “sculptural” outlook. While he is best known for his films and complex large-scale video installations, his art also encompasses photographs, texts and objects.

Gordon draws inspiration from cinema, literature, art, popular culture and his own history, wavering between personal and collective memory. He explores the existential themes of life and death, good and evil, innocence and guilt and temptation and fear; the exhibition thus proves to be a portrait of the artist’s obsessions.

This survey exhibition provides an overview of Gordon’s work from the past twenty years. Some of the pieces presented have become iconic, such as 24 Hour Psycho (1993), 30 seconds text. (1996), and Play Dead; Real Time (2003). Others are references that maintain an undeniable appeal, such as Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006). More recent works on view are k.364 (2010), which masterfully connects the present to a dark past, Henry Rebel (2011), and The End of Civilisation (2012). The progressive display will be on view in the new Herta and Paul Amir Building and the Museum’s main building.

A defining feature of Gordon’s approach is his ability to animate the architecture itself. Gordon will install nearly 100 text works—words and phrases open to interpretation—within the Light Fall of the Herta and Paul Amir Building, attesting to his enthrallment with language and its multiple meanings.

Winner of the Turner Prize in 1996, Douglas Gordon first gained recognition in 1993 with his celebrated video installation 24 Hour Psycho. Since his first solo show in 1986, he has exhibited extensively, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles (2001); Hayward Gallery, London (2002); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006); National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2006); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2007); Tate Britain, London (2010); MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2011); and Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2012). Douglas Gordon is represented by several art galleries, such as Gagosian (London–New York), Yvon Lambert (Paris), Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv), and Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich).

Tel Aviv Museum of Art
27 Shaul Hamelech Boulevard, Tel Aviv
T 972 3 6077020
www.tamuseum.org.il

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