Curator of performance and events
Beit midrash facilitator
Rabbi Yehuda Miller
Beit midrash artists
Matan Ben Tolila | Raya Bruckenthal | Ronen Yizhaki | Porat Salomon | Einat Arif Galanti | Shimon Pinto
Me’hon Le’hon is an exhibition that emerges around a table, with the surrounding walls displaying a succession of works, each one emerging from its fellow. Like a partnership study – a chevruta – between different works of art, the spirit emanating from one work is the launch of another, its raw material. The central table is a table in the beit midrash (study house), a communal learning space for the group of artists and around which the exhibition developed.
For three months, the artists met to study together Jewish texts that examine the spiritual aspects of capital or fortune. The artists were inspired by their learning to choose one of their works that elucidated an aspect of the subject. In the next phase each artist selected one work of their colleagues and created a “cover” – a new execution, offering a personal commentary, of an existing work. In this way, a series of works was created, each one emerging from another.
“From here to there,” we say in colloquial language, “I found myself somewhere else.” The Hebrew “me’hon le’hon” has a similar, but slightly different meaning. From here to here, hardly paying attention, I ended up somewhere else. I was here and I am still here, but in a different place. The literal meaning in Hebrew means a transition between places that is a transition to a different value system. What is considered here is not what is considered there, and fortune valued in one world may be worthless in another.
The work process that evolved between the works is similar to learning with a partner (chevruta). The interpretation the artworks offer are relationships between different value systems. Artistic characteristics of one artist translate into characteristics in the work of a different artist, created in a different style and on a different artistic journey.
The exhibition seeks to track the development of “values” in various fields and artistic worlds: material to spiritual and spiritual to material; and from both spiritual and material to art and vice versa. What bestows value upon something treasured? What value does it retain in another value system? How does spirituality become “esteem” or “prestige” and what status does material prestige generate in a spiritual system? Can money be translated into spiritual elevation, and a set table into the Shulchan Aruch?
This is the seventh multidisciplinary project of the group “Between Heaven and Earth,” an annual art event designed to connect the contemporary art world with inspiration from the world of Jewish content. Each year, a group of artists meets to learn together and from this learning program the exhibition and the accompanying events are formed.
In 2013, the theme was Achshav; in 2014, it was Navi; in 2015, the project focused on citations, [Shem, Shem]; In 2016, Ha’Acher; in 2017, masculinity in Judaism, Gever; in 2018, Utopia in the exhibition Sof. This year, the project is dedicated to value systems surrounding wealth or fortune – Me’hon Le’hon.
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