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Primary Sources: Activating the Archives of Israeli Arts


An ongoing museum event at the University Art Gallery
Between the dates 24.3.2022 - 28.10.2022



Primary Sources: Activating the Archives of Israeli Arts is an ongoing event at the Genia Schreiber University Gallery, which seeks to reveal and reactivate primary sources pertaining to artists in the fields of visual art, architecture, theater, music, film and television. As an infrastructure for academic research, primary sources attest to creative processes, reveal artistic deliberations, and enable us to study the works in depth. At the same time, they may also serve as a platform or source of inspiration for new responses or creations.


Primary Sources presents, for the first time, many of the treasures kept in the archives of the David and Yolanda Katz Faculty of the Arts, alongside materials on loan from the Azrieli Architectural Archive at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and from the private collections of the participating artists. In the course of the event, the display will be enriched by contemporary responses to the exhibited primary resources.


This wide range of materials is not arranged on the gallery walls according to a rigid curatorial concept, but rather according to an open-ended artistic and disciplinary logic, with different chapters devoted to each of the participating artists. This arrangement both resonates with and re-envisions the mode of display prevalent in 16th and 17th-century cabinets of curiosities. Inspired by this model of display, the visitors are invited to wander freely among the artifacts, to become acquainted with different creative processes, and perhaps even to be inspired by them to activate new and contemporary creative processes.


Primary Sources is the first in a series of events initiated by the Center for Israeli Arts, which is currently being established at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of the Arts. This new institution will serve as an archive for the collections and archives of Israeli artists, and constitute a home for the study of the arts in Israel.



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