On View> Israeli Pavilion from the 2012 Venice Biennale Headed to New York

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Fernando Guerra, Azrieli Center, Tel Aviv, 2012.

Fernando Guerra, Azrieli Center, Tel Aviv, 2012.

The Storefront for Art and Architecture is bringing Aircraft Carrier, the 2012 Israeli pavilion at the Venice Biennale, to New York. The exhibit—one of the most pointedly political statements at the biennale—confronts the influence of the United States and its foreign policy in the Middle East and how it has affected Israeli architecture. The pavilion points to the year 1973 and the OPEC oil crises as a watershed in global capitalism when American strategic interests helped enable a new level of corporate architecture in Israel. The resulting reflected glass skyscrapers set against the optimism of Tel Aviv’s White City could not be more a poignant modernist image.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by German publisher Hatje Cantz and edited by the curators, which contextualizes the phenomena in larger transformative processes. The book include texts by Milton Friedman, Justin Fowler, and Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and visual works by participating artists Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg, Jan Tichy, Assaf Evron, and Fernando Guerra.

Exhibition Opening: March 7, 2013, 7PM
Exhibition: March 7 – April, 29 2013

Nira Pereg, Scenario, 2012, 6 min. 3-channel video installition, HD.

Nira Pereg, Scenario, 2012, 6 min. 3-channel video installition, HD.

Merchandise Photography by Florian Holzherr.

Merchandise Photography by Florian Holzherr.

Florian Holzherr, Ayalon Shopping Mall, Ramat Gan, 2012.

Florian Holzherr, Ayalon Shopping Mall, Ramat Gan, 2012.

Tal Erez, no conflict resolution (Merchandise from the store of historical events), 2012.

Tal Erez, no conflict resolution (Merchandise from the store of historical events), 2012.

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