Synopses & Reviews
'As Is: Contemporary Israeli Art' tells the story of both daily life and cultural complexities and peculiarities that highlight the fundamental dialogue between art and various topics, among which is the Jewish rebirth after the Holocaust, religious and secular aspects of life, war, terrorism, traditions, and patriotic sentiment.From the second Intifada to the withdrawal from Lebanon, and from withdrawal from Gaza to the war in Lebanon, in the past 10 years, Israel has gone through dramatic periods in its history, and continues to deal with kamikaze attacks in the heart of its cities, meaning that social topics intersect with daily life with an uncommon urgency. Therefore, while some artists concentrate on global interests, at times to avoid local problems, many others respond directly to these events expressing fear, anxiety, political appeals, desires, and aspirations. The exhibition at the Vittoriano aims at showing those creative forces that not only flower in, but also accompany people, during the difficult living conditions in Israel while exuding an optimistic and ironic nature. A joy of life which becomes evident in the works of many contemporary artists who with their art shed light on the uniqueness of Israeli life.Written in English and Italian.
Israel is not just a place where these people have re-discovered the meaning of life; it is an absolute place, the place where everything began for the Jews. This magnetism is immediately apparent to anyone who has had the chance to visit the country, speak to its inhabitants, take in the unique atmosphere of the place where the three great monotheist religions developed and still confront each other, even today: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. On the occasion of the anniversary of the foundation of Israel, the works in this catalogue explore topics that are extremely emblematic and meaningful: diversified identities, conflict and desire for peace. All these issues are expressed in a myriad of different and innovative ways.
Tells the story of both daily life and cultural complexities and peculiarities that highlight the fundamental dialogue between art and various topics among which is the Jewish rebirth after the Holocaust, religious and secular aspects of life, war, terrorism, traditions, and patriotic sentiment.