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Special event to mark the closing of the exhibition Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Tomorrow We Fly / Avatars of Reality: Alternative Identities and Dual Realities

2:30 to 3 pm – Lecture by Shahar Molcho, curator of the exhibition
3 to 4:30 pm – Screening of Orson Welles’ film
F for Fake (1973, 95 min, English with Hebrew subtitles)

It is recommended to visit the exhibition Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Tomorrow We Fly before the event.

Dual realities, alternative identities, and the elusive nature of truth are themes that run through both Orson Welles’s film F for Fake and the conceptual works of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Welles’s cinematic masterpiece blurs the line between truth and illusion, setting the stage for a profound exploration of the notion of authenticity. Similarly, the Kabakovs delve into the notion of dual realities by creating alternative personas as an integral part of their artistic expression, and invite us to contemplate the role of the artist as a shaper of realities.

In F for Fake, Welles tells a story about art forgery and deception. Exploring the lives of (in)famous art forgers, the film prompts thoughts about alternative identities that challenge truth and embrace the power of illusion. Similarly, in the early works of Ilya Kabakov in the 1970s, the “little man” emerges, recalling literary characters from Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov—fictional characters he devised that enabled him to to critically engage with politically sensitive subjects in an allegorical manner. Kabakov’s fictional characters represent various aspects of the artist’s personality, portraying him as a “little man with big ideas.”

In today’s world, full of “fake news,” bots and Artificial Intelligence, it is fascinating to see how artists grappled with the question of authenticity throughout the twentieth century.

The event was made possible thanks to the support of MART Foundation.

The movie F for Fake was restored by Les Films de l'Astrophore and La Cinémathèque française in collaboration with Documentaire sur grand écran, the Swiss Cinematheque and the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco and with the support of the Neuflize OBC Foundation and the Hiventy laboratory.

The image and sound restoration work was carried out at the Hiventy laboratory using the original negative and at Studio L.E. Diapason using the 35 mm magnetic tracks.

Note: This event is in Hebrew only.
The number of participants is limited | Advance reservations are required for all participants.
The encounter takes place near a secure space.