"Let My People Go" (10/04/2011 - 30/06/2011)
The exhibition Let My People Go investigates, through the works of the gallery's artists, different manifestations of the command "Let My People Go". This phrase, which became a common slogan for any social struggle that aspires to attain freedom from subjugation, is translated in the works of the artists into an aesthetic, cultural, spiritual, and individual liberation.
Toby Cohen's Enlightenment relates to the moment of deliverance from the corporeal enslavement into a spiritual enlightenment. Cohen built a scene in the desert in which Hassidim-scarecrows pray while facing eastwards.
Yoav Ben Dov in the work A Shepherd with a Mitsubishi, offers his own interpretation of the second part of the original phrase, as presented in the book of exodus (Shemot): "Let my people go that they may serve me."
Amir Weinberg exhibits a photograph taken in Operation Shlomo (The operation in which Ethiopian Jews were brought to Israel), as an illustration of a contemporary version of "Let My People Go": an Ethiopian Kes (Rabbi) at the moment he descends from the plane with tears in his eyes.
Jack Jano, with the special kind humor that characterizes his works, presents a chained caravan, led by the rabbinic icon.
Alongside the gallery's artists, classic works by Israeli artists will be displayed, among them:
Father and Son on a Donkey (1960) by Reuven Rubin is a messianic art piece, describing the reaching out to the highest spheres of spirituality through the connection to corporeality.
Still Life with a Pipi Machine (1971) by Yosl Bergner describes a surrealistic and humorous scene in which the shepherd is hovering with his herd over the Earth’s surface on his way to the promised land.
Moses from Sarajevo (1955) is an early and constitutive work by Arie Aroch that presents his interpretation to the Sarajevo Hagadda, one of the oldest and most important Passover Haggadas in history. In this work, Aroch connects the Jewish recent past with the distant one, with Moses hovering above a town burnt down after a pogrom, thus symbolizing the transition from subjection to redemption.