Machines for Living to Open at Bezalel, Yaffo 23/Jerusalem

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Hieke Gallmeier (Berlin) Pictorial Space Drama / 2010 / photography 170 x 245 cm

The exhibition “MACHINES FOR LIVING” will open at Bezalel, Yaffo 23/Jerusalem on March 20, 2012, at 20:00.

[Press Release] “Machines for Living”, Bezalel, Yaffo 23/Jerusalem’s 10th international group exhibition, is concerned with “total living environments” and will include previous and current works by Andrea Zittel (Joshua Tree, California), adapted by Lior Shvil (New York); Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (Chicago); Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin (London); Hieke Gallmeier (Berlin); Marion Ritzmann (Zurich), as well as current commissions by Elisheva Levi, Dina Kornveits, Shachar Freddy Kislev and Almog Neeman (Tel Aviv).

Part exhibit, part laboratory, “Machines for Living” takes its cue from Le Corbusier’s famous term emphasizing the need for functionalism above decoration in the design of homes and cities. This term resonates with Late-Romantic, Bauhaus and Modern ideas about the design of life, or the attempt to manipulate and shape life as a ‘total work of art’.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a dynamically-evolving catalogue, produced in collaboration with designers, Maayan Levin and Harel Schrieber.

Bezalel, Yaffo 23/Jerusalem, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design’s gallery, is a non-profit research and exhibition center dedicated to contemporary art practices. Established in 2010, it is situated in a 1930’s British-mandate building, above the historic post-office of Jerusalem. The main gallery space is located in what used to be the telephone switchboard center — a magnificent 500 SqM of open space — in downtown Jerusalem.

Opening hours:
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 12pm- 6pm
Tues: 12pm-9pm
Fri and eve of holidays: 11am- 2pm

Closing date: June 22, 2012