Real Time: Art in Israel 1998-2008 explores the ways in which emerging artists have responded to local and global developments during this period and highlights the notably growing international profile of Israeli artists. The exhibition showcases a selection of some sixty works in a range of traditional and new mediums by forty artists, among them Guy Ben-Ner, Sigalit Landau, Adi Nes, Yehudit Sasportas, Eliezer Sonnenschein and Gal Weinstein. Real Time marks the Israel Museumís contribution to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel.
According to a press release highlights include:
Ohad Meromiís The Boy from South Tel Aviv (2001), a monumentally scaled sculpture of a adolescent African boy whose sheer presence forces the viewer to confront questions of the place of third-world guests working in Western society and the dissonance between the poverty of refugee life and the contrasting comfort of museums as sanctuaries of art.
Eliezer Sonnenschein's Landscape and Jerusalem (2007), a painting that employs motifs drawn from Christianity and mythology, as well as grotesque, surrealistic, and sexual imagery in a Hieronymus Bosch-like tapestry of future foreboding.
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