Magic Lantern, Acquisitions in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum

Anila Rubiku, Casa all’italiana Superleggera, 2008 Cm. 117 x 100 x 91 Sewn and perforated cardboard paper, light implant, cotton and silk thread,Installation view Magic Lantern 2011, The Israel Museum©Copyright 2020

08.11, 2011 – 13.04. 2012
Magic Lantern
Suzanne Landau, and Amitai Mendelsohn,

Vahram Aghasyan, Julien Audebert, Ilit Azoulay, Ulla von Brandenburg, Luis Camnitzer,Tacita Dean, Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt, Isaac Julien, Dana Levy, Tony Matelli, Jonathan Monk, Adrian Paci, Anila Rubiku, Yehudit Sasportas, Hiraki Sawa, Nedko Solakov, Jan Tichy, Maya Zack.

Magic Lantern embraces a range of mediums – installation, photography, video, film – and even hearkens back to the earliest way in which images were projected onto a screen, seemingly miraculously, as intangible specters. Whether landscapes or interior scenes, the works seen here invoke the world of legend, daydream, fantasy, and illusion: imaginary journeys, blurred silhouettes in the mist, flickering flames, dark forest shadows. What we think we know about the real world assumes the diffuse contours of something magical. Poetic reflections on a fragile butterfly-wing beauty that shows itself and then vanishes; an intimate twilight voyage guided by light and shadow.

The Israel Museum’s collection of contemporary art is constantly growing, with the help of many friends whose generosity enables us to focus our new acquisitions on particular directions, subjects, and mediums. Thus the present exhibition is devoted to works that are all being displayed for the first time and are interconnected by a shared theme: enchantment.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Israel.