Unaffected simplicity

Simple joy is the central motif of the upcoming Naïve Painting exhibition.

Gabriel Cohen (photo credit: Ya'akov Brill)
Gabriel Cohen
(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 Israeli mythology.
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.