Scores of forgotten artists, active in the first decades of the State, are now being newly staged in artist Dana Levy’s fascinating archival project
Works by some fifty artists from the collection of Petach Tikva Museum of Art selected for Dana Levy’s exhibition “Impermanent Display” are now being displayed on the artist’s website, and are included in a spectacular archive providing biographical information about each artist and his works, as well as a video interview available for viewing in some instances.
Levy, whose works often address museum collections of various kinds, has cataloged dozens of works from the Museum’s collection by forgotten artists who were active in Israel’s nascent years and perpetuated the reality of evolving life in the newly-established state. Levy’s digital archive is an extension of her much lauded video exhibition, “Impermanent Display,” staged at Petach Tikva Museum of Art in 2014–15, which featured approximately 100 works from the Museum’s collection.The works were pulled out of the collection cellars by the artist and hung for one night on the walls of the archaeological site of the Mazor Mausoleum—a Roman tomb near Petach Tikva. Levy’s video project, which documented this action, was created as a tribute to a pair of pendant paintings by Giovanni Paolo Panini from 1757 and in homage to the Museum’s collection.
Levy’s exhibition was acclaimed by critics and audience alike:
To view the archive, enter and click MAP on the top right of the screen.