The opening of Agam Museum in Rishon LeZion
This month, after years of anticipation, the gates of the Agam Museum in Rishon LeZion, the birthplace of 89-year-old Yaacov Agam, will open to the public.
The site which is a joint initiative of Rishon LeZion municipality and the world-renowned artist, known internationally as the father of kinetic art, will become an international center for a variety of groundbreaking works in a career spanning over six decades.
The museum, located in 1 Meishar St. in the Kiryat Ha’Leom compound on the western side of the city, is opening its doors following an investment of 40 million NIS. It boasts a 3200 square meter spacious building designed by architect David Nofar, surrounded by a sculpture garden.
We came to the great opening and were deeply impressed by the works of art and the beautiful museum.
Here are some pictures from the opening:
The museum, which is open to all ages, will display dozens of Yaacov Agam’s works in various exhibitions, including reliefs, objects, sound works, screenings and interactive digital works, which will illustrate various aspects of the artist's worldview, e.g. the time dimension (the 4th dimension, in the artist’s words), movement, Jewish symbols, perception of reality versus the unexpected, and more. Amongst other things, the entrance to the building includes the work "Pillars of Clilla", named after the artist's late wife. The work, courtesy of the Kadar family and Karen Naomi, includes 29 monumental columns, 20 at the entrance and 9 inside the building, which together create a visual symphony of more than 3,000 formative motifs, designed to blur the partitions and borders between the outside and the interior. The central ramp in the building was designed on the basis of the "PanorAgam" work, which is attached to it, and which was originally displayed on the bow at the Guggenheim Museum as part of Agam’s solo exhibition in 1981. In addition, the iconic statue of the artist "3X3" was brought to the museum garden, donated by the Kadar family, and which had been exhibited for many years at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
In the future the museum intends to present additional works by Yaacov Agam, which will be imported from important private collections and leading museums in Israel and abroad. The venue will also be used for events, exhibits, performances, conferences and seminars in the spirit of the artist's work and worldview, as well as tours, trainings and a variety of scheduled and varying activities in Hebrew, English and Arabic for the entire family and all audiences.
Yaacov Agam (Geibstein), the father of the kinetic movement in modern art and one of the world's leading artists of the twentieth century, was born on May 11, 1928, in the Rishon LeZion colony, which later became a city. As the son of a rabbi, Agam spent his childhood in the "cheder" which according to him influenced his work with Judaic mystical trends. He later studied art at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem, followed by Zurich and Paris.
From the 1950’s to the present, Yaacov Agam has presented hundreds of exhibitions and works in important museums around the world, and his works have been purchased by prestigious collections. In addition, his works are displayed in famous buildings such as the Elysee Palace, the Pompidou Center, the White House and others, as well as in metropolitan areas such as New York, Miami, Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires and others.
In the Israeli public sphere, the artist is especially renowned for his "Water and Fire" fountain at Tzina Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv, as well as the front of the Dan Hotel on the Tel Aviv Promenade and the exterior design of Ne'eman Towers in north Tel Aviv. His works are also regularly exhibited at the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the President's Residence, Sheba Tel Hashomer Hospital, Beilinson Hospital and many other places.
"The museum will be devoted both to works by the founder of the kinetic movement in art and also to his pedagogical, artistic and cultural worldview”, says Dov Zur, the mayor of Rishon LeZion. "The colorful, dynamic and infinite works of Yaacov Agam grab children and adults alike, and just as the artist himself continues to create and regenerate, so the museum in his hometown will also aspire to become a center for disseminating his unique worldview, and will serve as a home for the changing exhibitions of his works".
Director of the Agam Museum, Gilad Meltzer: "The principles which guided us in the creation of the museum's content are based on the fact that Agam's art is a choreography of changing relations between the observer and the work, and that each and every one of us experiences the total and parts of the work in a different way and tempo. In the spirit of the artist, a visit to the museum will encourage a multiplicity of views and points of view, emphasizing the universal language of art and the unique and groundbreaking qualities of his work. Each visitor to the museum is allowed a personal experience which is guaranteed to vary on the next encounter with the work.”
Agam Museum, 1 Meishar Street, Kiryat HaLeum, Rishon LeZion
Open to the public November 2017
Entrance fee: 20-30 NIS, children up to the age of 5 free admission
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