The exhibition was inspired by a new addition to the Museum’s collection- the installation Dead End by Polish artist Miroslaw Balka. This seemingly empty room, where the walls and floor are coated with a soft texture of dark grey ash- a highly evocative material. The tomb-like space, a death room, and the ambiguous title conjures potential narratives, an allusion to crematoria in recent Polish history, as well as the 1993 studio fire that destroyed many of the artist's works.
The additional works in the exhibition complement Balka's installation by relating to two or three-dimensional forms of space (James Turrell, Liat Elbling), surfaces (Günther Uecker, Yayoi Kusama), line (Francois Morellet, Bridget Reilly), interior fragments (Henry Shelesnyak, Michal Na'aman), or to a restrained color scale (Robert Rauschenberg, Bruce Conner).
The other focal point of the exhibition is the large bronze Pumpkin (M) by Yayoi Kusama. She describes the natural element as "appealing in color and form".
All of the works in this exhibition, with the exception of those by Kusama, are part of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s collections.
(Photo: Miroslaw Balka, Dead End, 2017, Installation view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Photo Credit: Elad Sarig)