Paper Art in Israel 2

This is the second exhibition of paper art at the Eretz Israel Museum. The first examined contemporary paper art and the possibilities embodied in the material, which Paul Jackson, the exhibition's curator, defined as material that creates a shape and space without mass. From this point of view the exhibition presented perceptions about plastic art and craft, while eliminating the hierarchy that exists between disciplines.

The new exhibit, Castles of Paper, examines a specific niche of the assemblage of work in paper shown in the previous exhibition. This niche presents paper as the main material significant to plastic artists,similar to the more traditionalsculptural materials such as bronze, stone, iron,and wood.  This expands vision, shedding light on varied and contemporary artistic work in Israeli sculpture over the past 20 years, in which soft material, and mainly paper, has replaced monolithic material such as iron, stone and wood,.

The exhibition stems from an attempt to search for sculpting in papier-mâché, and grew to bea contemporary sculpture exhibition in clay, constructions, and installations. A preliminary study showed that numerous contemporary statues rendered paper an important element of expression, as may be seen in the works ofSigalit Landau, IzharPatkin, EliezerSonnenschein, ItamarJobani, Tal Franck, ItayAbergil, and others. Their work shows that paper is afield that enables a return to the sculpture of the human figure. Most of these works of art deal with the human image or human attributes (Tal Franck, Aya Ben Ron, ItamarBalikter, DaphnaShapira). The work of other artists of the older generation, such as Philip Rantzer, ChavaPressburger, Joshua Neuenstein, Jan Rauchverger, are shown next to them. If the subject is the human figure and sculpture, which is, in fact, the sculpture of installations that express human situations, we may add to this group artists who work in papier-mâché, such as NaamaAharonson, Daphna Kamil, Nava Shoshani. Some of these artists exhibited their work in the previous exhibition (Daphna Shapira, Putashvutsky) and their participation in this exhibition is in reference to the previous exhibition on the one hand, and sheds a new light which stems from a different context, on the other. Using paper enables the artists to translate the real and physical reality into a fictional world, whose presence is visible but can also disappear in one second, collapse like a sandcastle or fly in the wind like a piece of paper. Works that are mainly installations also contribute to the sense of the fictional. Alongside the review and presentation of the varied uses of the medium, the exhibition space itself becomes a "castle of paper."


Curator: Dr.Surin Heller

Dsign: Architect Ori Glazer

Closes: March 30, 2014