Trumpeldor Gallery is a contemporary art space originally opened in March 20212 as HaBe'er (The Well). The gallery is located in the Old City of Beersheba, and is administered by the Department of the Arts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The establishment of the gallery was a jointly initiated and financed by the Beersheba municipality, Ben-Gurion University, and the Rashi Foundation. The gallery is a non-profit center intended to promote and organize exhibitions, as well as art and cultural activities. The gallery promotes the exhibition of high-quality art and a wide range of group and solo exhibitions, alongside collaborations with guest curators. Every year, the gallery also hosts exhibitions curated by BA and MA students in the Department of the Arts' curatorial program, as well as an exhibition of works by graduates of the BFA program.
Admission to the gallery and participation in featured events is free of charge.
Opening Hours: Thursday-Friday 10:00-14:00
Currently at the gallery: New Groop Exhibition:
Mouth to Mouth: Representations of the Mouth in Israeli Art
Participating artists: Nelly Agassi, Michal BarOr, Deganit Berest, Raanan Galili, Moshe Gershuni, Idit Gilad, David Ginton, Shir Handelsman, Jonathan Hirschfeld, Amira Kassim Zian, Sigalit Landau, Pamela Levy, Yitzhak Livneh, Igael Tumarkin, Izabella Volovnik, Gil Yefman.
Exhibition Curators: Tova Ohayon, Naama Arbel, Shiri Arad, Roni Galilli Francos, Yael Genkin, Pnina Groisztern, Tamar Herzberg, Danielle Wolter, Miri Hayon, Noga Mor Yosef, Tafat Avrahamy Netzer, Michal Feiner Rosenthal, Ortal Pincu
Course instructor: Ellen Ginton
The idea to mount an exhibition concerned with the mouth arose as a response to one of the central events of the last two years: the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, we have been prohibited from exposing our respiratory organs. Our mouths and noses must be covered, concealed, and partially sealed. The mask offers a form of protection, while giving rise to a weighty experience that cannot be ignored.
The mouth is also a well-known motif in the history of visual art for a host of other reasons, representing the entire range of human expressions and emotions, as well as pain and illness.
The exhibition features 16 Israeli artists active from the 1940s to the present, who have all examined the mouth, its functions, the range of expressions and emotions it communicates, and the different uses of its parts: the lips, throat, and teeth. They present the mouth as the organ tying together the interior and exterior of both the human body and the animal body.
The mouth is used to nurse, eat and drink, inhale and exhale. Animalistic, sensual and passionate, it has preoccupied artists throughout the ages. In art as in life, we open our mouths wide to chatter, scream, expose our teeth, cry, curse, smile, pray, and love.
The exhibition provokes a discussion of the mouth and its parts as reflecting pleasure, pain, exposure or concealment, as well as expressions of power – both in representations of the mouth that speaks and is heard, and in those of the shut, silenced mouth.
Roni Galilli Francos and Pnina Groisztern
* This exhibition was jointly curated by BFA students in the department of the arts, Ben Gurion University, within the framework of a course on curating, Guided by Dr. Maayan Amir.
Raanan Galili, Grape Harvest Trophies, 1950
Black and White photograph
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