Michal Helfman's "While Dictators Rage" will be on display at the Martin Gropius Bau museum this month in Berlin. The exhibition which she showing is a result of a research on the painting "The Triumph of Death," painted in 1944 by the German Jewish artist Felix Nussbaum. Her installation functions as a stage for a live duet in which a clarinet and a violin playing an arrangement to a song which is depicted in Nussbaum's painting.
In its entirety the show reflects all of the important 20th century movements in figurative and abstract art. At the same time, it takes account of contemporary tendencies in video and installation art, including positions taken by such artists as Yael Bartana, Guy Ben-Ner, Nevet Yitzhak, Nira Pereg and Michal Helfman, who deal with personal, social and political subject matter. The dialogue between classical modernity and contemporary Israeli art extends throughout all of the rooms and is part of the curatorial concept.