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Moshe Gershuni Exhibition in Tel Aviv

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art presents an exhibition of work by Moshe Gershuni open through Saturday 05 February 2011 in the Sam and Ayala Zacks Pavilion.

Moshe Gershuni (b. 1936), senior and excess baggage of Israeli modern art, extraordinary personality, a world unto himself. A mole perhaps, of modern art, stretching the boundaries of its language to stimulate its opposite.

Gershuni’s artistic thought developed from a language crisis, from a strong sense of the collapse of the great culture of Europe – to which he is attached with bonds of love – in the formative event of the 20th century. As a result, he developed a language that is the product of distrust of language, of the interchange between the cultural and the barbarian, between the sacred and the profane.

The 1980 Venice Biennale, at which Gershuni represented Israel, was a turning point in his work, followed by a rush of paintings executed squatting, smearing, with harsh and at times repulsive materiality, flowering with fragments of prayer from his schoolboy days in a religious school. His late discovery of his homosexuality, which occurred at the same time and may have enabled the internalization of Jewishness, another outcast figure, intensified the “upside-down world” and the encounter with the body as a source of pleasure and pain, of memory, of fate.

Sophisticated, innovative and intelligent, his work is nevertheless also of great simplicity: the link between a movement and the emotion that bore it, or the surprising choice of a star of David and a swastika as images in a painting. It may be viewed as a bold portrait of man as a whole—Ecce Homo—from the flames of youth to the body’s decline: “the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak,” litmus test of the human at its widest range.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is Israel’s leading museum of modern and contemporary art, and home to one of the world’s largest collections of Israeli art. Since its founding in 1932, the Museum has served as one of Tel Aviv’s major cultural hubs, displaying a vibrant mix of permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in a wide variety of fields – painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, photography, video, architecture and design. Each year, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art welcomes more than 500,000 visitors, offering them over twenty annual Israeli and international art exhibitions.

Image: Moshe Gershuni (b. 1936), Hai Cyclamens,1984, mixed media on paper, 200 x 140.

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