Curator: Dr. Simon Lev
Participating Artist: Jean-Pierre Weill
Evolve was created over the past three years and is the first exhibition in Israel to showcase Jean-Pierre Weill. The exhibition is a narrative journey formed of one hundred small watercolor paintings on paper. Each painting is accompanied by a concise, evocative text of one or two sentences. This intensely personal spiritual journey forms a visual-textual dialogue, seemingly simple, but sophisticated and profound. Weill creates a bridge between the written word and the power of painting, while addressing freedom and how we may live a life of significance in modern times. The works relate to three paradigmatic stories in the biblical book of Genesis that Weill considers to be central motifs of a spiritual journey: Adam in the Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel, and the Binding of Isaac. Weill interprets the Binding of Isaac as a representation of what each of us will encounter at the end of our earthly journeys: our release from the individuated self and the ego. He describes the biblical story in existentialist terms, rather than using ethical or faith-based language as accepted in the classical Jewish and Christian interpretations. When we examine the paintings, we find them graced with humor and puns. They address ideas from childhood, psychology, art history, and significant historical figures. The paintings contain iconic cultural symbols, and hint at major historical events from ancient times to the present. These images reflect a broad cultural and artistic background based on Weill’s own world and his unique position at the junction of many paths and philosophical and cultural connections. Weill’s works offer to the viewer an original and alternative interpretation of the archetypal biblical stories that is deeply personal, but also relevant to many who grapple with existential questions in the modern age. The works recall illustrated classics, such as Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince and A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh but ultimately are unique expressions, where the text is an illustration of the paintings, instead of the reverse.
(The Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art)
Address: 58 King George St.
Sunday- Thursday: 10am-5pm
Venue:The Wolfson Museum for Jewish Art, Hechal-Shlomo