Contemporary Agriculture in Israeli Art. Curator: Tali Tamir 19.2.2015 - 13.6.2015

Thanks to Bio-Bee Biological Systems Ltd.
for the assistance in implementing the project

In 1972 Avital Geva harnessed his students at Givat Haviva Seminar to a disk-cultivator and sent them to cultivate 1,000 sq.m. per day. In the 1980s, when he developed the model of the greenhouse in Kibbutz Ein Shemer and invited youth to experiment and explore ecological issues, the Gordian knot was already tied: for Geva, agriculture and pedagogy are intertwined, and both acquire their validity within the community. Agriculture, according to Geva, is not an assembly line of profit and loss, but rather an arena for development of thought and collaboration. Art is nourished by these integrated systems.
Based on a live broadcast from a beehive in Kibbutz Ein Shemer’s Ecological Greenhouse to the space of Petach Tikva Museum of Art, as the beehive is ostensibly being duplicated in a pool, The Bee, the Queen, and the Queendom addresses communal life, agrarian labor, and the productive power of the group. A community of earth bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) works in the beehive, entrusted with the natural pollination of the tomatoes growing in closed greenhouses. The pollination by bees contributes to increased crop yields, resulting in agricultural produce free of chemical spray residues. The earth bumblebee represents smart agriculture, which, in addition to being scientific, is also conscious of the consumer’s needs and the future of the planet. The greenhouse in Kibbutz Ein Shemer, in collaboration with Bio-Bee Biological Systems Ltd., is involved in research examining the behavioral patterns of the bee community in relation to pollen changes. Another study taking place on site explores the influence of the queen bee’s condition and the length of her hibernation on the lives of the bees in her colony.


Avital Geva, The Bee, the Queen, and the Queendom, 2015, Live broadcast from an earth bumblebee hive The Ecological Greenhouse in Kibbutz Ein Shemer — Petach Tikva Museum of Art