Sarah Breitberg-Semel, Art historian and former curator of Israeli art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, gives a lecture at the opening of the @60.art.israel.world exhibit at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, CA.
The exhibition will survey recent work by contemporary Israeli artists. On loan from important private Bay Area collections, the paintings, photographs, and media art in the exhibition demonstrate the progressiveness and internationalism of the art world in Israel during the past decade. Sixty years after the establishment of the state, Israeli art is truly integrated into the global cultural landscape.
Artists bring their own diverse cultural backgrounds (Morocco, Iraq, former Soviet Union) to bear on their experiences of working in the world capitals (Berlin, New York, London) and making art about life in Israel as well as such places on the world map as Bosnia and Kazakhstan.
The exhibition establishes a dialogue with the historical memory preserved by the collection of the Museum, which is strong in Israeli Fine Arts of the decades following the formation of the state of Israel in 1948- The Magnes Museum
Tamar Akov is the Cultural Attache at the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco.
Sarah Breitberg-Semel is a Art historian and the former curator of Israeli art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Currently, she is Editor-in-Chief of Studio Art Magazine.
Alla Efimova is the Chief Curator at the Judah L. Magnes Museum.
Sarah Breitberg-Semel, former curator of Israeli art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, recounts artists lashing out against expectations to produce work that dealt with themes of the Holocaust and the Orient during the period of Israeli Modernism.
Israeli art historian Sarah Breitberg-Semel describes the pointed Holocaust themes of Moshe Gershuni's exhibition at the 1980 Biennale di Venezia - a strong departure from the Israeli Modernist movement of the era.