(photo credit: Ya'akov Brill)
Innocence, naïveté, simple joy in life is the theme of the paintings and artwork
by eight artists in the exhibition “Be Happy: Naive Painting in Israel” that
will open at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv in September.
The naïve outlook
presented by the artists is simple and unfettered. The eight artists are Ben
Bejerano, Shmuel Bonneh, Eliahou Eric Bokobza, Gavriel Cohen, Shalom Moscovitz,
Moshe Shah Mizrahi, Eliahu Sidi, Michael Falk and Siona Tagger. The artists
evoke a basic essence in each piece, elicited from popular Jewish myths and
legends. These works represent the emergence of a unique art language based on
local and biblical cultures that are outside the art mainstream and are thus far
undefined in contemporary Israeli art.
In this context, “naïve art” has
multiple meanings, with a common element of expressing Jewish and Israeli motifs
in a simple and uplifting way. These works are unusual in that they present a
message and atmosphere that is not multi-faceted or complex in its perspective.
Rather, they seek simple identification with the basic elements of Jewish and
The exhibition will include family and group
workshops, as well as activities for educational programs.Beit
Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv University campus, Ramat Aviv, September 15 to December 9.