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Another round of elections has gone by, and that which hath been is that which shall be, at least for the foreseeable future.

Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, under chief curator Dr. Aya Lurie, is hosting an aggregate of exhibitions that explore the portrait. This aggregate partly comprises archive work, which opens up a diversified, in-depth scope and picks up from the previous aggregate of the same theme – a feminine take on the portrait. Almost all artists engage with portraiture at one point or another. The advent of the camera meant artists were no longer shackled by the requisite of truthfulness to the origin and could enjoy creative freedom when touching upon the worldly and spiritual. These paintings, which spin whole life stories, captivate the viewers and inspire an in-depth meditation and personal and artistic comparisons.

Raida Adon’s video work, exploring strangeness and exile and curated by Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn, is currently showing at the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is showing an interesting video installation that explores actual current affairs – William Kentridge’s More Sweetly Play the Dance, curated by Ruth Direktor. In addition, and for the first time in Israel, the museum will present Jeff Koons’s works, curated by Doron Rabina.

An exhaustive exhibition of Avi Ezra’s works is coming up in the Art Workshop, Yavne, exploring the artist’s take on everyday reality and delivering social critique and personal perspective on existential reality. A group exhibition curated by Ronny Reuven is relocating from Yavne to the gallery in Segev Shalom, where it shall engage in dialogue with current developments in the region. Another effort is underway to revive the gallery and put it on the public map.

Hezi Cohen’s gallery is hosting Ilan Baruch’s realistic works, which are grounded in the local landscape, while several fine exhibitions are currently showing at the Municipal Art Gallery, Rishon Lezion, curated by Efi Gan. The Jerusalem Artists House too is opening several new exhibitions, including that of Gideon Rubin, curated by Marie Shek.

Hana Barak Engel
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