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The Dawn of Darkness

Elegy in Contemporary Art

  • Date iconMarch 15 2024 - November 16 2024
  • Curator: Suzanne Landau
          Associate curator: Orly Rabi
  • Designer: Michal Aldor
  • Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery

Profound, poetic reflections of elegy are found in the work of many contemporary artists – expressions of loss and grief; poignant memories of family, friends, home, and landscape; and the absence of what was and is no longer.

Each of the displayed works from the Museum’s collections was created out of the artist’s specific personal context yet also carries a universal and symbolic meaning. Presented together, they offer viewers a contemplative space to experience their own private sorrow in these dark times.


The exhibition includes major works by Christian Boltanski, Joshua (Shuky) Borkovsky, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Anya Gallaccio, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Talia Keinan, Jonathan Monk, Melik Ohanian, Yehudit Sasportas, Dina Shenhav and Gal Weinstein.


Anya Gallaccio, born Scotland 1963, Preserve Beauty, 1991, Approx. 900 red “Beauty” gerberas, glass
Purchase, Associates Acquisitions Committee of American Friends of the Israel Museum
© Anya Gallaccio
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner
Christian Boltanski, born France, 1944–2021, Monument – Souvenir Images, 1973, 1988, Gelatin silver prints, tin boxes, light bulbs, electric wires
Gift of the artist in memory of Jacques Ohayon
© Christian Boltanski / ADAGP, Paris, 2024
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner
Hans-Peter Feldmann, born Germany, 1941–2023, Two Girls, 2006, Treated photograph
Permanent loan from the Association of Friends of the Israel Museum in Germany
© Hans-Peter Feldmann / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany, 2024
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner
Yehudit Sasportas, born Israel 1969, active Berlin and Tel Aviv, GHARDY, Local Voices, 2009, Still from six-channel installation
Purchase, “Here & Now” Contemporary Israeli Art Acquisitions Committee, Israel
Courtesy of the Artist
© Yehudit Sasportas & VG Bild-Kunst
Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin
Sommer Contemporary Art