Artists' Choices / Zvi Goldstein: Haunted by Objects
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 26 July, 2010 – January 2011
Installation view (detail)
"Haunted by Objects" is a tapestry woven from 62 poems in Zvi Goldstein's recently published book "Room 205", objects selected from the Israel Museum's encyclopedic holdings, and a few everyday items found in the museum's offices. These are crowded together on the gallery walls, somehow recalling the 16th - and 17th –century wonder cabinets that preceded modern museums. The display, eclectic yet whole, brings out hidden connections , but also challenges contemporary concepts of museums and curatorship.
There is no hierarchy to the objects and texts; all are equal in the artist-curator's eye. The displayed works give concrete expression to the visions of the poet's mind: they interpret and objectify the poems in "Room 205", " an amalgamated poetry and prose description of a condensed open-eye recall experience" that Goldstein had one morning. The exhibition reflects tensions between center and periphery, rupture and creativity, text and object, 'high' and 'low', all of which coexist in one composite entity.
Catalogue to be published soon.
Zvi Goldstein: Room 205
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Koeln (Cologne), 2010; 208 pages; 24,- Euros
"Room 205" is Goldstein's second book after "On Paper" (2004), also written in English. It is based on a one-minute open-eye recall he once had in a Tel-Aviv hotel room. In interconnected poems and prose-sections he develops a kaleidoscopic panorama of observations, musings, and hallucinations about his life as an artist.