Past Exhibitions

Host & Guest

Host & Guest

 A program of nine exhibitions and events with over 30 international artists and thinkers examining the theme of hospitality. The complex obligations, tensions and generosity between hosts and guests are explored through painting, photography, video, installations, performance and public discussions, touching on philosophy, politics and more.


Events (Free Entrance):

Raqs Media Collective‬

Installation with Live Performance
2 May 2013 20:00-22:00
3 May 2013 10:00-14:00
4 May 2013 10:00-16:00

Sam and Ayala Zacks Pavilion, Main Building

Raqs’ project is titled Will You, Beloved Stranger?. The project is based on the works of two great poets, Yehuda Amichai and Mahmoud Darwish. Two actors in performance in the museum will read Amichai’s and Darwish’s poems in English, and selected selections of the poems will be merged together, forming new poems. The performance will be done live during the exhibition’s first three days and will also be videoed and shown during the duration of Host & Guest. The texts will be laser cut on sheets of paper that will be hung on frames created for the installation. As they write in their catalogue essay: “The fact that the language of a previous occupying power that imposed itself on other language speakers is today the only effective bridge between those who speak the language of the present occupying power (Hebrew speakers) and those who think that their occupation has not yet ended (Arabic speakers) complicates the issues of the relationship between host and guest that our work here seeks to address. This linguistic confluence takes on the etymological origin of the term host, which carries within it a labyrinth of meanings, including a sense of animosity (as in hostility) as well as generosity (as in hospitality).”

Ana Paula Cohen
Public screenings and discussions
20-21-22 MAY 2013 19:00-22:00
3-4-5 June 2013 19:00-22:00
Kaufmann-Gitter Hall
Dedicated to the memory of Mali Kaufmann and her daughter Alice Gitter

The project is titled “Embodied Archeology of Architecture and Landscape.” It is a series of six public screenings and conversations at the Tel Aviv Museum with artists she has worked with collaboratively over time. As Cohen writes in her catalogue essay, “Our interest here lies more broadly in an inquiry into different methods of constructing and demolishing history and memory. In this context, archeology (as much as architecture, but at a different pace) must be understood as a powerful tool: deciding which layers of time are relevant to be documented and which ones are only obstructing the next layer and should therefore be physically removed. The notion of “Archeology of Architecture and Landscape” considers the superimposition of material and immaterial structural layers as they reside as presences in everyday life, and the ways in which artists approach these strata. How do they address the recent history of places and spaces we inhabit, along with the existence of this history as a field of forces in the present that can be sensed and continuously transformed even if it isn’t necessarily visible?” Artists and others taking part with her include, Kasper Akhøj, Galia Bar Or, MabeBethonico, Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, Zvi Efrat and MeiraKowalsky, DorGuez, Armin Linke, Renata Lucas, YehuditSasportas, and David Tartakover.

Embodied Archeology of Architecture and Landscape
Curatedby Ana Paula Cohen

Schedule of Encounters – Tel Aviv
*All the sessions will be held in English, from 7 to 10 pm, at the Kaufmann Auditorium at the Tel Aviv Museum

May 20, Monday
Armin Linke(artist, b. 1966, Milan, based in Berlin)
Screening:ALPI, 2011
16mm, transferred to Blu-ray disc, color, 60min.
(A film by Armin Linke based on a research project byPiero Zanini, Renato Rinaldi, and Armin Linke)

Zvi Efrat(architect and architectural historian, based in Tel Aviv)
Presentation:The Object of Zionism: Architecture of Statehood in Israel 1948-73
Conversation:Armin Linke and Zvi Efrat, moderatedby Ana Paula Cohen

May 21, Tuesday
Mabe Bethonico(artist, b. 1966, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Presentation:Collecting the World: Slide and Side Stories, 2013 – (under construction)
A slide projection with material from the Museum of Ethnography of Geneva produced by Swiss traveler and geographer Edgar Aubert de la Rúe, for a stream of visual ideas and speculations around apprehension, tourism, and far-away and near landscapes.
Galia Bar Or(director of the Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel)
Presentation:Our Life Requires Art
Conversation Mabe Bethonico and Galia Bar Or, moderatedby Ana Paula Cohen

May 22, Wednesday
Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain(artists, b. 1973 and 1974, Caxias do Sul, Brazil, based in Paris)
Screening/Presentation: Lexicon
Ana Paula Cohen
Screening/Presentation:Introduction to the archive of interviewsLygia Clark, from object to event, developed by Brazilian psychoanalyst and curator Suely Rolnik, with the intention to activate the twenty-sixyears of corporeal experiments (1963-88) by the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark (Belo Horizonte, 1920–88).
Conversation:Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain (viaSKYPE) and Ana Paula Cohen

June 3, Monday
Yehudit Sasportas(artist, b. 1969, Ashdod, Israel, based in Berlin and Tel Aviv)
Screening/Presentation:Vortex of Separation, Seven Winters, 2013
Film, HD, color, sound, 16 min 9 sec.
Renata Lucas (artist,b. São Paulo, 1971, lives in Rio de Janeiro)
Presentation:Prototype for a Slippery Ground
Conversation: Yehudit Sasportas and Renata Lucas, moderated by Ana Paula Cohen

June 4, Tuesday
Kasper Akhøj (artist, b. 1976, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Presentation:Untitled (Schindler/Gray), 2006
Programmed slide installation with 2 projectors, dissolve control, and voice-over. 100 slides b/w and color. 19 min.

Dor Guez(artist, b. Jerusalem, 1980, based in Tel Aviv)
Screening/Presentation:Photographs, like a sort of embodied, physical subconscious: different layers of demolition of the local landscape.
Conversation:Kaper Akhøj and Dor Guez, moderated by Ana Paula Cohen

June 5, Wednesday
Ana Paula Cohen,and other participants
Conversation: Notes, comments and discussion about Embodied Archeology of Architecture and Landscape

Joshua Simon
"Overtime – A public Hearing"
11 June 2013 16:00-19:00
Meshulam Riklis Hall
Simon has created a three-hour event in the large entry hall of the museum’s main building. The name of the event is “Overtime” and will be staged as a dramatic tribunal. The main participants will be AsmaAghbarieh-Zahalka, Tahel Frosh, DaphniLeef, YotamMarom, Haggai Matar, Iris Meyer, Caleb Waldorf, and Noam Yuran. He writes in his proposal: “The notions at the heart of ‘Overtime—A Public Hearing’ stem from the ongoing realization that labor has left the employment market to become all-present – in our social and mental exchanges, emotional and ephemeral practices, our intellectual as well as our consumerist habits. The ‘Overtime’ of labor that we each put in is what generates value (even without any system of pricing and compensation like the one based on working hours in the employment market). This event in the museum gives an account of this fact as it identifies each audience member as a worker. The discussion will bring together the members of the committee of ‘experts’ comprised of international and local thinkers about the subject, along with the public, who will debate a series of questions that are key to understanding the role of the museum in relation to the communities it is hosted by and those it hosts.”


Friday 03 May 2013


Sunday 30 June 2013


Sam and Ayala Zacks Pavilion, Main Building

Guest curator:

Steven Henry Madoff


Catalogues | The exhibition and the catalogue were made possible thanks to donations from The Ministry of Sports and Culture; Artis; ARTLV; Institut Français; Israel Lottery Council; Gazit-Globe; Mary Boone Gallery; The Ostrovsky Foundation; Lynn Schusterman; Netta Segal; and an anonymous contribution.

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  • Raqs Media Collective, The Translators' Silence, 2012 (digital photograph: Ifthikar Dadi)
  • Kimsooja, A Needle Woman, 2005, Patan still from one of six of the six-channel video projection, 10:30 loop, silent. Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio.
  • אלי פטל, תמונת הכנה ל צ.צ., 2013-2010 קופסאת אור, 115x 150 x 150 ס"מ
  • Yehudit Sasportas, Chaos fulfils its desire, 2008 ink on MDF, 300 x 200 cm
  • Angela Detanico, Rafael Lain - A Given Time In A Given Space (Zulu Time), 2007 Text set in typeface Zulu Time, developed by the artists.
  • Kasper Akhøj - WELCOME (TO THE TEKNIVAL), 2008 - Ongoing Villa E.1027, Roquebrune, France, 1 of 64 silver gelatin prints, and text.
  • Kasper Akhøj - WELCOME (TO THE TEKNIVAL), 2008 - Ongoing Mural by Le Corbusier, Villa E.1027, Roquebrune, France, 1 of 64 silver gelatin prints, and text.
  • Renata Lucas - Sketch for Ontem, areiasmovediças[Yesterday, quicksand’s], Kassel, 2012