Israel Museum to host new exhibition on ‘modern masterpieces’


A stunning new exhibition featuring a collection of drawings by masters of modern 20th-century art will be previewed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem from Friday.

The exhibition “Picasso in Kentridge: Modern Masterpieces on Paper” is sponsored by the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG).

The exhibition centers on three artists: Pablo Picasso, David Hockney and William Kentridge.

Art critics say that Picasso has focused his entire life on drawing with extraordinary versatility in a myriad of styles. Hockney expressed various emotional atmospheres through simple pen and ink drawings. Kentridge explored animated films as an art form based on his charcoal sketches.

The exhibition will incorporate and cover an array of master drawings by pioneering artists in order to present the history of 20th century art as it has progressed over the past century. Some 130 works of art were handpicked from the museum’s collection especially for this project.Loud environments of Wassily Kandinsky. (Israel Museum)

Besides Picasso, Hockney and Kentridge, the Museum houses the works of other masters such as Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Jasper Johns, Wassily Kandinsky, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and many more, many of which will be incorporated into the exhibition to create a more complete picture of the progression of 20th century art and of the artists who have graced empty canvases around the world with their creative ambitions throughout. this period.

Drawing is fundamental for all other plastic arts, serving artists in the structuring, planning and negotiation of space, explained GPG. However, from the 20th century onwards, modern drawings distinguished themselves as unique works of art, transcending conventional pen, pencil and paper, in various mediums including watercolor, pastel, collage, and techniques. mixed, as well as experimental techniques.

Due to their fragile nature and susceptibility to fading and fading, works on paper may only be exhibited for short periods of time at a time under carefully controlled lighting conditions. Thus, the new exhibition offers a unique opportunity for a first-hand experience of some of the most famous and important masterpieces in the museum’s collection, according to the statement.

These works will be presented in a comprehensive chronological presentation that focuses on the main movements and styles of twentieth century art: from cubism, dada and surrealism, to abstract expressionism and pop art.

The exhibition made possible by the Genesis Philanthropy Group is a collaborative project of the Israel Museum and the Pushkin National Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. After the Jerusalem exhibit ends in December 2021, it could then travel to Russia to be exhibited at the Pushkin Museum in 2022.


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