Event DetailsNovember 22, 2018 – December 29, 2018
The Artists' House9 elharizi
Tel Aviv, Israel
Art has given us a cross-section of childhood and adolescence that can be equated with a sociological and anthropological treatise. We have all been little children; during life one might not become a father, mother, husband or wife, and the mere fact of existing implies an infancy: it is a phase that is common to everyone and, as such, is indelible.
This is how the Unforgettable Childhood project was born. It deals with the theme of childhood: unforgettable, both for the beautiful memories and for the most painful and sad ones.
The exhibition was created by the cultural Association Acribia, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Tel-Aviv, the Italian Embassy in Israel and the Jewish Museum of Bologna in Italy with the participation of 50 Israeli and Italian artists who have specially created about 80 works for this initiative. The first stage of this project was in Italy, where the exhibition was hosted at the former San Rocco Hospital in Matera and at the National Museum of Ravenna.
On this occasion, I would like to thank Italy’s ambassador to Israel Gianluigi Benedetti, Dr. Fabio Ruggirello, director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Tel-Aviv who have decided to support the Unforgettable Childhood exhibition project and Arie Berkowitz, director of the House of artists in Tel-Aviv, where the exhibition will be hosted from November 22 to the end of December. A special thanks also to Dr. Vincenza Maugeri, director of the Jewish Museum of Bologna and to its president Guido Ottolenghi, who both enthusiastically welcomed the idea of setting up the Unforgettable Childhood exhibition in the wonderful premises of their Museum from March to May 2019 with the aim of developing more and more the cultural exchange between Israel and Italy. After stopping in Bologna, the exhibition will continue its journey throughout Italy to be hosted in other important museums.
I conceived this exhibition in order to strengthen, through art, the construction of an international dialogue among the Mediterranean countries, to develop a knowledge base and relationships among artists of different cultures and religions with the belief that art is an instrument of peace and communication capable of breaking barriers and prejudices while favouring new relationships.
I like to think of art as an ambassador that bears a mission: to offer the world the discovery of different habits that can surely coexist in the same place.
Unforgettable Childhood is an exhibition in which different expressions of art are represented: from painting to sculpture, from photography to drawing.
Subjects, objects and moments of everyday life bear the witness of our strong need to remember the past in order to live the present and build the future: this is the criterion of my curatorial choices.
Children are human beings in progress: everything is still possible and their actions are experiments in which they practice to be the adults of tomorrow, with simplicity and naturalness. I asked the artists to catch and represent this phase of existence.
The human being is therefore at the centre of some works. This is, indeed, the title of Barbara Nejrotti’s work which reproduces the theme of motherhood from the paternal – and therefore, masculine – point of view, highlighting an almost visceral bond that children create with those who take care of them in growth. Motherhood is the main character also in the iron sculpture of Antonio Meneghetti.
The innocence, the tenderness of a caress, of a look, and an affectionate gesture are the traits of Margherita Grasselli’s works with her terracotta sweet little girls, as well as those of Roberta Savelli, painted on gauze, of Riccardo Cordero, Sharon Rashbam Prop, Nava Ebel, Valerio Berruti, Orna Ben Ami, Adi Kichelmacher, Barbara Nahmad, Fabio Soto, Pietro d’Angelo, Daniele Basso, Bar Greenstein, Tobia Ravà, Claudia Giraudo, Simona Cavaglieri, Hana Silberstein, Francesca Duscià, Avivit Segal, Elisabetta Riccio, Nimi Getter, Carlo Galfione, David Kasman, Mattia Maio and Haya GraetzRan.
A sort of an “affectivity” section.
In other cases, the artists chose to express the concept of unforgettable childhood through the representation of a game and the action of “playing” in which the protagonists are: the balloons and ice cream cones of Giorgio di Palma, the jump rope of Giuseppe Labianca, the little girl with a bucket of Tali Navon, Paolo Amico’s balloon, the merry-go-round of Eitan Vitkon and Hila Karabelnikof, the soap bubbles of Michael Lazar, the playful library of Isa Locatelli, the elephant sculpture of Menashe Kadishman, the installation of small games and deflated balloons of Suly Bernstein, the little girl with the duck of David Gerstein, the toy aeroplane of Boulakia, the swing of Daniel Tchetchik, Mickey’s mountain of Francesco De Molfetta, the teddy bear of Carla Chiusano, the bunny of Arie Berkowitz, the tinfoil boats of Riccardo Gusmaroli, Pulcinella of Lello Esposito, the racing car of Giovanni Albanese, the game-work “Testa di cavallo di Selene” (Horse’s head of Selene) and the sculptures of Camilla Ancillotto, the boxes with colourful boards of Angelica Romeo that remind us of the games of the past.
In the works of Ruth Orenbach, Emilia Faro, Miriam Drath, Ronith Shalem, Orly Aviv and Dado Schapira the action of “playing” is represented as an expression of body movement.
The works of some artists stand out for their originality and imagination, such as those by Gabriele Turola, Brigitta Huemer, Enrico De Paris, Ugo Nespolo, Eran Shakine, Vered Aharonovitch, Sher Avner and Mario Zito.