Mar 8, 2011

The opening of My Exhibition: "Read Or Torn"-Kibbutz Gan Shmuel Gallery


video

                                             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC8t_Ncu-ss

 An historical perspective of the gallery

I think, or should I say, I'm sure I never expected my first exhibition to be held in a Dairy Barn.
Well, a converted one of course, but still a "Barn".
Just as Michal Shibolet, the director of the Gallery and Dorit Talmon, the curator, presented the two new exhibitions, the image of a crowd of cows mooing amidst my work blurred my senses.



It appears that when the Kibbutz was founded, the only structure on site was built for the Kibbutz cows, which at those times was an important asset, or the only one.



The dairy barn


Exhibiting in a kibbutz gallery has its pastoral side as you can see...
Bicycles passing by, carrying young and old habitants to the "collective dining room",



 tables and chairs awaiting the guests under a tower like shaped building which was once used to store the hay , tractors and old signs of the members shifts still hanging on the building .



In the 50's the gallery building was reconverted to a storage house including a refrigerating room, later on, to a grocery store and at last to a Gallery.


ceramic exhibition in the gallery


If you watch attentively, reminders of other days can be seen : arches, an old wooden door with brass handles used for the refrigerating room etc...


                                    



Nowadays the kibbutz is planning to restore the gallery and regain its old European look.



See you at my next exhibition 
who knows
 maybe you'll get an historical review of a restored  gallery in...




                                                                                      

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