Opening: July 25, 2014

Exhibition Curator: Carmit Blumenson

About the Exhibition

The exhibition unfolds an array of popular and social references to amulets and signs of luck, as manifested in contemporary Israeli art. It explores themes and concepts such as superstition, Jewish and universal myths, blessings, prayers, and folk remedies from diverse perspectives which range from faith and acceptance to a critical approach. The exhibition route begins with a presentation of authentic faith-mediating objects, both ancient and modern, from William Gross’s rich collection, and continues with processed manifestations of more sophisticated references to worship “aids” as they take shape in the work of 13 contemporary artists.

שוני ריבנאי  הרב עובדיה 2002 שמן ועלי זהב על נייר 200 על 200

Shony Rivnai, Rabbi Ovadia 2002

All of the participating artists blend a private-intimate touch with social-collective contexts, the conscious and the unconscious, which they assimilate into a personal artistic language. Each in his/her own way relies on the cultural materials which stimulate him, introducing questions regarding his own cultural-genetic code and that of his surroundings, which pertains to questions of identity and affiliation. The featured works are based on recognition of the human need to belong and feel protected, stemming from the realization that culture, myths, folklore, and faith form a dynamic system which constantly nourishes itself by means of accumulation and selection, and through a sense of belonging.

Most of the works were created especially for the exhibition. They allude to the world of mysticism, while corresponding with the permanent display around them.

The artists presenting at the exhibition: Shai Azoulay, Deganit Berest, Yair Garbuz, Yosef-Joseph Dadoune, Gary Goldstein, Raafat Hattab, Larva (Maya Attoun & Meital Katz Minerbo), Assi Meshullam, Ravit Mishli, Shony Rivnai, Avi Sabah, Khen Shish, Nurit Yarden, The exhibition includes amulets from the Gross Family collection, as well as a video “Hidden Details”: presenting details from the works of the 13 artists participating in the exhibition.

דגנית ברסטחתול מתוך סדרת המתרחצים 1990  צבעי מים על נייר

Deganit Berest 1990

יאיר גרבוז, שיכחון מועד ב, 2013, באדיבות גלריה גורדון

Yair Garbuz 2013 (courtesy of Gordon Gallery)


רפאת חטאב, לוכדי החלומות, 2014

Raafat Hattab, Capturing Dreams 2014


נורית ירדן, בקרוב אצלך, 2014

Nurit Yarden, בקרוב אצלך, 2014