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celebration on paper / showcases drawings by 20th-century masters at the Israel Museum

Pablo Picasso pursued a lifelong focus on drawing with extraordinary versatility in a myriad of styles; David Hockney expressed diverse emotive atmospheres by means of simple pen-and-ink drawings; and William Kentridge explored animated films as an art form based on his charcoal sketches. The works of these three luminaries are featured in a new exhibition at the Museum, Picasso to Kentridge: Modern Masterpieces on Paper, a breathtaking array of master drawings that presents the history of this art form in the last century, through 130 works from the Museum’s collection.
Drawing is fundamental to all other plastic arts, serving artists in structuring, planning, and negotiating space. But starting in the 20th century, modern drawings have distinguished themselves as unique works of art, transcending the conventional pen, pencil, and paper, into diverse media, including watercolor, pastel, collage, and mixed media, as well as experimental techniques.
The Israel Museum’s impressive collection of 20th-century drawings is one of the most important and varied in the world, encompassing, in addition to Picasso, Hockney, and Kentridge, such masters as Marc Chagall, Salvador Dal?, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Jasper Johns, Wassily Kandinsky, Ren? Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Mir?, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and many others.
Because of their fragile nature and susceptibility to fading and discoloration, works on paper can only be exhibited for short periods at a time under carefully controlled lighting conditions. Thus, the new exhibition provides a singular opportunity for a firsthand experience of some of the most famous and significant masterpieces from the Museum’s collection.
These extraordinary works will be presented in a comprehensive, chronological display that focuses on major movements and styles in 20th-century art: from Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, though Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. The exhibition will examine transformations in the medium, innovative techniques used to express radical ideas for a new century
The exhibition made possible by the Genesis Philanthropy Group is a collaborative project of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. It will be displayed in Jerusalem from July to December 2021, subsequently traveling to Moscow, where it will be displayed at the Pushkin Museum from December 2022 to April in the following year.

Curator: Tanya Sirakovich Read more

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