Works on Paper: New Acquisitions for the Collection of Petach Tikva Museum of Art, through the generosity of the Alona Stein–Moriah Foundation
Curator: Meital Manor
Nelly Agassi : Maya Attoun : Sharon Fadida : Hadas Hassid
Merav Kamel & Halil Balabin : Peter Jacob Maltz : Yossi Mark
Maya Perry : Avi Sabah Lihi Turjeman : Tigist Yoseph Ron
״A drawing, an immediate trace marking the slightest eddy of feeling, is a sort of jolt provoked by perception. To seize the unseizable other by the inexpressible I—that has always been its aim. More than painting, drawing, once it achieves this miracle, remains closer to the soul (as song did for Aristotle) than any other means of expression.״
[ Avigdor Arikha ]
The exhibition features works on paper, acquired for the museum׳s collection in 2021 through the Alona Stein–Moriah Foundation. Created by 11 artists, their presentation, side by side, introduces a range of expressions, exemplifying diverse techniques and interpretations of the act of drawing and the power of paper as a surface.
The title of the exhibition, ״Works on Paper,״ refers to a wide spectrum of techniques, from drawing to painting, from collage to printmaking, etc. Paper, by virtue of its availability and material qualities, allows for a quick response and the creation of intuitive works whose immediacy articulates their creators׳ most latent, intimate realms, providing a glimpse into the work process. For many of the participating artists, these material qualities are a source of inspiration and a motivation for working and refining an aesthetic, techniques, and themes.
These new acquisitions join previous works purchased through the generosity of the Foundation, contributing to furthering the establishment of Petach Tikva Museum of Art׳s Contemporary Art Collection.
The acquisition fund was initiated by Gila Stein in memory of her daughter, Alona Stein–Moriah, who supported Israeli art and died prematurely. In 2021, in the shadow of the global health crisis and following a long shutdown of cultural institutions, Stein thought it right to expand the scope of acquisitions considerably and broaden her support of local art.