Weekly Highlights in Jerusalem’s Contemporary Art Scene

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Exhibition Opening: The End of The World Festival |It’s not really the end of the world, only the of the academic year. This exhibition features final projects from first year students at Bezalel Academy’s Fine Arts Department. The students are exhibiting for the first time at Barbur Gallery and the week-long event will coincide with special talks and events each day. Exhibition Opening Sunday June 16, 16:00 at Barbur Gallery, Shirizli St. 6. For more info, click here.  

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Gallery Talk: Abracadabra, On The History Of Magic | Since the dawn of mankind, the history of magic has been entangled with the development of human thought. A broad overview suggests that there are different ways in which we might define the concept of magic. In this brief lecture, pieces of history will be gathered from various discourses of science, medicine, and the arts in an attempt to look at the elusive definition that has shaped our understanding today. Gallery Talk with Bar Yerushalmi Monday, June 17, 18:00 at Art Cube Artists Studios, HaUman St. 26, floor 3. For more info, click here. 

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Gallery Talk: Room 235, I Don’t Know If You Understand Me Correctly | Gabi Kricheli’s exhibition, Room 235: I Don’t Know If You Understand Me Correctly was created in cooperation with his good friend, the artist Pesach Slabosky, who passed away few months ago. The installation, built inside Mamuta’s gallery space, consists of about 500 metres of wood beams and a recording of a conversation between Kricheli and Slabosky, broken into four separate parts (edited by Kricheli). These sections of conversation become the soundscape which accompanies the walk on the bridge Kricheli has built, marking the only possible course of progress. Slabosky’s voice becomes the voice of the teacher. The structure becomes a documentary site of their friendship, in which walking may seem pointless, but ultimately reveals an intimate encounter between two speakers marching towards separation. Gallery Talk about the exhibition Wednesday June 19, 17:00 at Mamuta Art & Research Center, Hansen House, Gdaliyahu Alon St. 14. For more info, click here

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Gallery Talk: Nine Measures | This gallery talk about the exhibition Nine Measures will feature a conversation with artist Ruth Schreiber, curator Hadassa Cohen, and guest lecturer Dr. Susan Nashman Fraiman. The talk will focus on the representations of Jerusalem in the history of art. In the exhibition Nine Measures, artist Ruth Schreiber presents a corpus of artworks from different periods inspired by the environment in which she operates. Through photography, video, painting, sculpture and embroidery, she produces a series of short stories and provides a personal, mostly urban, visual lexicon where the city of Jerusalem is used as a platform and is related neither to beauty nor to any attempt at physical actualization. Gallery Talk Friday, June 21st, 12:00 at Agripas 12 Gallery, Agripas St. 12 (through the courtyard). For more info, click here

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Gallery Talk: Pyrotechnix | The artists in the exhibition Pyrotechnix confront trends in the international contemporary art world which generate artworks that are larger than life and made of shiny and expensive —  but perhaps soulless — materials. The exhibition aims to evoke a discourse about the difference between what art is being done “out there” and what is being done “here”. Spectacular works created in factories by assistants, versus an independent, resource-free local production which is based on a ״Want of Matter״ tradition (Dalut Hahomer). Gallery Talk and panel discussion about the exhibition Friday June 21, 12:00 at Art Cube Artist Studios, HaUman St. 26, floor 3. For more info, click here

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