Gilad Ratman in “It Must Be Love: Gifts from Artists to their Children” Tel Aviv Museum of Art

July 24, 2020

It Must Be Love: Gifts from Artists to their Children
New group exhibition at Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Throughout history, artists have dedicated their work to specific people,
such as rulers, collectors, other artists, lovers, friends or family members.
The exhibition “It Must Be Love” presents unique cases in which artists of
various generations and in varied media, have dedicated works of art
especially for their children. The moments of their birth, or their birthdays,
provide the emotional purpose of these affectionate works, which express
values of parenthood, giving and personal dedication.
Most of the works in the exhibition were plucked out of domestic
and familial spaces. They had been created in order to decorate bedroom
walls or serve as original toys. Having been transferred to the museum
space, it is interesting to note on the one hand the works’ uniqueness
against the background of the artists’ known oeuvre and, on the other
hand, the similarity between the two modes of work. By collating the works
into a public space, a new context is created, attesting to the way in which
the adult community shapes the cultural, spiritual and emotional
environment of the children’s community.
Through laughter and amusement in the face of sadness and
melancholy, some of the works seek to compensate for a hiatus formed in
the cycle of life, while others glorify a longed-for renewal. Or perhaps they
try, for a moment, to embody in matter that which is unpersonifiable: what
is love?

Participating Artists:
Arie Aroch / Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi / Maayan Elyakim / Shaul Garbuz / Yair Garbuz / Yitzhak Golombek / Talia Keinan / Michal Naaman / Philip Rantzer / Gilad, Luciana and Emilia Ratman Kaplun / Elham Rokni / Roee Rosen / Avi Sabah / Dina Shenhav / Yohanan Simon / Shay-Lee Uziel / Alexandra Zuckerman

Curator: Amit Shemma
Opening: July 24, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Ruth and Bruce (Baruch) Rappaport Gallery
Younes & Soraya Nazarian Family Experiential Center
Main Building – Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Learn more on tamuseum.org.il

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