Event DetailsSeptember 15, 2018, 11:00AM – December 29, 2018, 3:00PM
Beit Uri and Rami Nehostan Museumkibbutz Ashdot Yaakov Meuhad, Israel
Beit Uri and Rami Nehostan Museum Kibbutz in Ashdot Yaakov Meuhad presents a group exhibition: The Magic Kingdom.
Participating artists: Mark Dion, Erez Israeli, Guy Goldstein, Orit Ishay, Paul McCarthy, Michal Na’aman, Roee Rosen, Mirosław Bałka, Eti Jacobi, Oree Holban, Bat Chen Abramovitch, Hamodi Gannam, Netally Schlosser
curator: Avi Lubin
Over the years, Disney movies have provided a fertile source of inspiration for art as well as philosophy. For instance, the preoccupation with Disney was central to the consolidation of ideas such as simulacra and animism. Characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck have already appeared in the works of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. They were often related to spectacles like “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” – the megalomaniac project Damian Hirst’s presented in Venice in 2017 – or “Dismaland” – the family-oriented amusement park, which is unsuitable for children, built by Banksy on the ruins of an abandoned amusement park, on the beach at Bristol, England. Locally, too, the figures of Snow-white, Pinocchio, Peter Pan and their friends have showed up in works of contemporary artists.
The exhibition “The Magic Kingdom” creates a magical/nightmarish space by showing characters that are associated with the Disney Studios, but here the illusion of magic is replaced by misogyny, violence, pornography, and revulsion, in a manner that highlights the mental garbage, the barbaric impulses, and the consumerist and ideological systems that lurk in the background.