The museum is closed
The museum is closed
It all happened so quickly. With no advance warning, we were locked down at home because of the pandemic, and some two months later we were allowed out. So are we back to normal, or is normality still distant?
In that spirit of sudden changes and continuing uncertainty, we decided to hold an ‘instant’ exhibition showcasing art created during the Covid-19 quarantine period in Spring 2020. It reflects Negev artists' experiences and impressions of events in and around their homes, over those months.
The encounter between Art and Science, which is evident in this exhibition, may surprise, even though this pairing is not so new. In times past, artists helped scientists to illustrate their findings in anatomy and botany with drawings and paintings. However, rapid developments in the arts and the sciences brought about a perception of opposition, and even rivalry, between them. Changes in science and technology in recent decades created opportunities for new encounters. Artists turn more and more toward computers, telecommunications and new media, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, and research, while scientists and technology specialists embrace historical, cultural, and social knowledge. As we study Olga Kisseleva's works we realize that they are the products of collaborations with experts in many fields of knowledge.
The colourful flower paintings on display in the exhibition were all done last year. They are displayed together with several head paintings from a decade ago; both are recurrent motifs in Bianca Eshel Gershuni's work through the years. These highly colourful, expressive paintings hold a surprise - the physical presence of the means of painting is absent. We are looking at prints, from digital files, of paintings created with software. They are handmade but do not involve paper and brushes.
The traveling international exhibition "The Event of a Thread: Global Narratives in Textiles" arrived to Israel.
The Negev Museum of Art is proud to present to the public a selection of photographs, posters, documents, and films depicting life in Be'er Sheva during the first decades after the founding of the city 70 years ago. The exhibition is the initiative of the Central Zionist Archives to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its foundation, in collaboration with the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive which is currently marking its 50th anniversary.
One of the main goals of museums, including art museums, is to collect, document, and conserve valuable artworks for the general public in the present and future. In recent years, the Negev Museum of Art has devoted great efforts to creating temporary exhibitions of artists from Israel and around the world, thus establishing its status and position as a significant museum among Israel’s art museums. Behind the scenes, we continue the process of enlarging and upgrading our collection.
An exhibition at the Negev Museum of Art of works by Anna Ticho, one of Israel’s greatest artists, is a special event, partly because her oeuvre is not often displayed.
What has happened? When and where? Past events and memory play an important role in Doris Arkin's work, serving as raw materials for her sculpture. The objects the sculptures are constructed from function as carriers of material, historical, and cultural information.
The initiative for the exhibition by Noam Rabinovich at the Negev Museum of Art was an unusual step: sowing wheat in autumn 2015 in the museum’s grounds, a project envisaged and executed by the artist.
Following and supplementing the exhibition Concrete Dreams we are presenting two artworks that conduct a dialogue with the tradition of Israeli construction and the associations it evokes - the daring and power embodied in construction with concrete.
Modern Be’er Sheva was built by the state of Israel as the Negev’s capital city and as a symbol of making the desert bloom.