Art in Context
The French artist Daniel Buren wrote in 1996: "Placing/exhibiting a work of art in a baker's will no way change the function of the aforementioned baker's, which will never change the work of art into a bit of bread either. Placing/exhibiting a bit of bread in a museum will in no way change the function of the aforementioned museum, but the later will change the bit of bread into a work of art, at least for the duration of its exhibition". During this course we will discuss and analyze the complex relationship of an art work to the space in which it is exhibited (museum, gallery, alternative space, public or private areas etc.), to adjacent art works exhibited in the show (display considerations, the dialogue between the various art works in the exhibition) the relationship between the art show and the text (wall text, the interpretation presented in the catalogue essay, general concept of the show, media coverage, criticism etc.). The course will include mainly gallery tours in Tel-Aviv on Friday mornings as well as tours in alternative spaces. Several classes will take place in the Bezalel building for MFA studies in Tel Aviv, Salame st.