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Yonatan Vinitsky: The Cosmos

Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art will be open from 18/8 until 22/8 for the last week of the exhibition.

The installation The Cosmos spreads over the Pavilion’s three floors, offering a model of an exhibition. Its 16 elements are designed at a 1:1 ratio but their very existence as concept and matter is a model.

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The title is taken from a book by Avigdor Hameiri (published 1955), which was a first attempt in Hebrew to communicate astronomy to adolescences. Physical and philosophical questions about the nature of the universe as a “site” populated by all forms, objects and events, are manifested as an installation that challenges the concept of exhibition. The viewers wander through a 15-minute cyclical set in which all audio-visual elements are simultaneously activated, and the exhibition’s “tale” is rolled out as a reciprocal system diverging between the exhibits and the viewers’ and artist’s view.

Vinitsky’s work refers to all the roles that fulfil the field of art and are realized into an “exhibition.” In addition to the artistic object it comprises the gallery design, curatorship, the texts and the various mediation and advertising means. Material culture is exposed in his work as historic consciousness and an autobiographical journey resting upon the shoulders of existing models: images, objects, writing styles and work Technicalities. The sensitivity to a life of action and craft is heightened in the exhibition to an awareness that a work of art, by its very belonging to the field of action, even if conceived as an individual’s consciousness, is always a tapestry of many—a universe.

The film was produced with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund 

The catalog was made possible thanks to the support of The Painter Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Fund Prize for 2019

The Exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of Beauchamp Estates and Outset Contemporary Art Fund

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