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La Biennale di Venezia | The Israeli Pavilion : Gal Weinstein: Sun Stand Still
Gal Weinstein, Jezreel Valley in the Dark (detail of work in progress), 2017. Polyurethane, coffee, and sugar.

57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

The Israeli Pavilion

Gal Weinstein: Sun Stand Still

Preview: 10–12 May 2017

Gal Weinstein
Sun Stand Still
May 13–November 26, 2017

Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Curator: Tami Katz-Freiman
Inauguration of the Israeli Pavilion: Thursday, May 11, 1.00 p.m.
Exhibition: 13 May – 26 November 2017

Sun Stand Still, Gal Weinstein’s project for the Israeli pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, is a new, multi-site-specific installation reflecting the artist’s fascination with the desire to stop time, and his ongoing preoccupation with potential forms of construction and destruction, and with progress and devastation. In this project he continues to critically explore the mythological and romantic images of Zionism embedded in Israel’s collective memory. Each part of the exhibition is related to works created by Weinstein over the past decade, so that his entire oeuvre is woven into this project.

The central axis of the project is Moon over Ayalon Valley – a monumental work that is a representation of the biblical miracle that took place during the conquest of Canaan by Joshua Bin-Nun, who commanded the moon and sun to stand still.  Weinstein will use a wide variety of unexpected materials to create works in different mediums. The unique choice of materials enables him to blur the boundaries between organic uncontrollable processes and controlled, civilized practices.

The project will spread over the pavilion’s three levels, with an extension in the courtyard, creating a narrative that suggests a melancholic and poetic allegory of the Israeli story – one vacillating between miraculous acts and moments of enlightenment and between neglect and destruction. The divine miracle in the Ayalon Valley is related here to the Zionist project of conquering a seemingly barren wilderness, alongside expressions of technological progress and agriculture. However, it can also be interpreted as a post-apocalyptic vision, revealing the cost of hubris in the enterprise of human civilization.

Notes to Editors:

About the Artist
Gal Weinstein is one of Israel’s most prominent mid-career artists. Born in 1970, in Ramat Gan, Israel, he lives and works in Tel Aviv. Weinstein has exhibited solo shows in numerous venues around the world, including the San Francisco Art Institute (2001); 25th São Paulo Biennale (2002); Art in General, New York (2003); Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo, Pamplona, Spain (2007) and Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland (2011). He has also had solo shows in Israel’s leading museums, including the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2002); The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art (2005) and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2006). Weinstein has participated in group exhibitions in major museums and galleries worldwide, including Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany (2003); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Germany (2005); the Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO), Vigo, Spain (2006); Mercosul Biennial, Brazil (2011); MAC, France (2013); MACRO, Rome (2013) and the 4th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, Greece (2013).

About the Curator
Tami Katz-Freiman is an Israeli art historian and an independent curator based in Miami, USA. She worked at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1979-1989) and since 1992 has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions in prominent museums in Israel and the United States. She served as the Chief Curator of the Haifa Museum of Art (2005-2010) and taught Feminism theory and contemporary art courses in the Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University (2008–2010). In addition to catalogue essays, she has published numerous articles in major contemporary art books and journals. In 2012, she curated two major exhibitions: Critical Mass: Contemporary Art from India for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (co-curated with Rotem Ruff), and Unnatural for the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach. Katz-Freiman is a board member of AIRIE (an art residency program in the Everglades, Florida), and a member of IKT, International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, and AICA/USA, International Association of Art Critics.

Sponsors & Acknowledgements
The Israeli Pavilion is realized under the auspices of the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport, Museums & Visual Art Department; Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Division for Culture and Scientific Affairs; The Israeli Embassy, Rome. The project is also supported by the Israel Lottery Council for the Arts; Bracha and Roy Ben-Yami; Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique (CBH); Ronny Douek; The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation; Outset Contemporary Art Fund Israel; Wendy Fisher; Moise Y. Safra Foundation; Artis Grant Program;; Strauss Coffee; Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery.  Additional Support: Art Fund Israel / Sharon and Gil Brandes; Adi and Doron Sebbag; Ami and Orit Harlap; Shenkar – Engineering. Art. Design; Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan; Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv; Keitelman Gallery, Brussels and Plutschow Gallery, Zurich.

About the catalogue
The exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual catalogue with a curatorial essay by Tami Katz-Freiman and four additional essays by Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Sabine Schaschl, Director of Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; Ofra Eshel, Supervising Analyst at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society; Yair Zakovitch, Emeritus Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and two poems by Eli Eliahu, poet and journalist.

Click here for the Italian version of the press release.

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