March 24, 2015
Michal Helfman's "While dictators rage" at the Martin Gropius Bau museum 3/26

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.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of establishment of German-Israeli relations, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is sending some 70 masterpieces to Europe for the first time – to Berlin. The accent of the exhibition lies on the art of the modern era and is supplemented by contemporary media art from Israel. Artistic trends of the 20th century are represented by paintings, sculpture and graphic art. Works by Alexander Archipenko, Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Erich Heckel, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Ludwig Meidner, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele and Lesser Ury will be displayed. Video works and installations by Israeli artists will form a counterpoint to these modern classical masters.

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.

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